There is no shortage of judo clubs in your local area, but it’s important to know some are better than others. Find the one that is right for you. Any decent judo club will have a website that you can investigate. You should also talk to the sensei or people who had class or are motivated to join the class.
The more comfortable you are in your environment, the quicker you’ll learn and the happier you’ll be. Best results come from having a safe and stable learning environment. There shouldn’t be an issue visiting a class as a spectator and familiarizing yourself with how it all works, including times, schedule and structure.
You’ll be put to the test
Judo may look easy when you are watching from the sidelines or following a big competition like the World Championships or Olympic Games live on television, but it’s a tough and demanding sport. Regardless of how physically fit you think you are, perhaps from competing in other sports, judo will wear you out. The practice and sparring are relentless, proving a test of your physical fitness and character.
You must be in good health to participate, so if you have any worries relating to that it’s worth speaking to your doctor or medical professional before you begin practicing judo. This is another reason why it’s important to join a judo class that is safe, insured and right for you. Roda Rousey said this week that judo was the most demanding sport in terms of condition compared to the activities she does now. It was a compliment to judo.
Injuries are rare
For as tough and competitive as judo looks on TV and is in practice, injuries are rare.Of course at top level there are always injuries, but it depends on your opponent as well. The better they are and the better they throw, the better you fall. Injuries are not unheard of as you must remember this is a contact sport with the aim of defeating your opponent, but the nature of judo means it doesn’t lead to as many injuries as some other sports, including boxing, MMA, motor racing, indoor soccer, hockey or football. When learning judo, one of the first lessons will explain how to fall properly, breaking your fall in different directions.