Friday, December 25, 2009

Why judo is so good

1. They teach us how to fall so that when we get thrown all over the place, we can get up and act like nothing happened.

2. You don’t have to be buff. You just have to know a little math and a bit of physics.

3. If your sensei doesn’t mind, you get to spar with people twice your size and weight (i.e., you’re a women’s extra lightweight and your partner’s a men’s heavyweight).

4. You get to roll around on the floor and it’s actually fun. Even if you might look like an idiot.

5. You can grab people by the collar and it’s acceptable (granted you’re not the type who likes to beat up random people).

6. It’s fun to throw your friends around (in the dojo).

7. You’re less likely to get injured (if you listened to your sensei), even if it’s a contact sport.

8. “To me, Judo is like ballet, except there’s no music, no choreography, and the dancers knock each other down.” — Neil Ohlenkamp

9. You learn to respect people, not just fear them.


10. You can use judo in real life. Whether it’s a figurative or literal fall, you are trained to get right back up as if nothing happened.

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