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How to Learn Judo Online

Meaning “gentle way,” judo is a traditional Japanese martial art and combat system that emphasizes throws and intensive grappling maneuvers for disabling opponents. Basic judo forms, or katas, are composed of numerous joint locks, pins, hip throws and other submission techniques. While judo students generally reap the most benefits from a live "sensei" judo instructor and classmates, many individuals are now accessing the Internet’s ability to teach martial arts online.

  1. Set up your home judo-training studio with a full-length mirror, a heavy ground-weighted bag and a computer with speakers. Wall-mount the mirror and locate the bag in the middle of the room. Plug in your computer and turn on the speakers.

  2. Select an online directory of judo techniques and training methods such as the one available at Judo Information. Schedule two to five training sessions during the week wherein you select a new technique from the directory and practice it in front of the mirror or on the heavy bag.

  3. Wear your judo gi pants and uniform while you perform each punch, strike, block, stance and kick, as instructed by the online manual in real time. Practice throws, pins and grappling techniques with your ground-weighted heavy bag to familiarize yourself with the feeling of resistance as you maneuver your “opponent’s” body weight.

  4. Practice techniques according to your skill level, which is designated by belt color. As a beginner, white belt, practice the skill sets until you are proficient with these moves before advancing to higher-level judo moves.

  5. Award yourself successive belt colors -- which progress from white to yellow, orange, green, blue, purple and black. For official belts, you must pass examination by an examining board.


    Practice your online judo training at a local dojo -- training place -- at least once a month to make sure you are learning the finer points of the martial art according to the traditional technique. For best results, select a sparring partner in your community to test the techniques you learned online.


    Contact your doctor or personal physician immediately if you experience acute or lingering pain during practice.

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Things Needed

  • Full-length mirror
  • Ground-weighted heavy bag
  • Computer with speakers
  • Judo gi pants or uniform

About the Author

Based in the Appalachian Mountains, Brian Connolly is a certified nutritionist and has been writing professionally since 2000. He is a licensed yoga and martial arts instructor whose work regularly appears in “Metabolism,” “Verve” and publications throughout the East Coast. Connolly holds advanced degrees from the University of North Carolina, Asheville and the University of Virginia.

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