Sunday, January 30, 2011

Your favorite part of judo

Judo is not just throws.  It also includes matwork, chokes, jointlocks, self-defense material.  It is a very diverse art that can be practiced through drills, randori (sparring), or kata.  It can be profitably practiced in a competitive or a co-operative environment.
Coming up through the ranks, we were a heavily ground-oriented club.  But lately I've been surprised to see that the part of judo that I really love is the throwing skills - especially the small ashiwaza (footsweeps), and particularly in the context of self-defense application.
So, what is your favorite aspect of judo?

Patrick Parker
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