VIDEO: WOAH! See this insane fight jiu jutsu vs aikido! Find out who wins.
Picture yourself sitting seiza on a mat with four to six opponents (ukes) sitting across from you. “Hajime”, which is the Japanese word for start, is shouted and they all come at you, in mass.
Recently I viewed a video of O-Sensei, in his eighties, dispatching ukes as they came at him with a variety of attacks – each time with a different form of kokynage, and I was reminded of the huge variety of techniques that are encompassed by a single name. I was also impressed at the degree of fluidity of his movement as he executed various Aikido techniques. I was particularly impressed watching Sensei’s efficiency of movement and conservation of energy as each uke went flying.
Judo (meaning “gentle way”) is a modern martial art, combat and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano . Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defenses are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata,) and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice. A judo practitioner is called a judoka.