As in all sports, Judo has a strict set of rules that governs competition and ensures safety. For those who want to test their skills, Judo offers the opportunity for competition at all skill levels, from club to national tournaments, to the Olympic Games. There are separate weight divisions for men and women, and boys and girls. Judo is best known for its spectacular throwing techniques but also involves considerable grappling on the ground utilizing pins, joint locks, and Judo choking techniques. Judo emphasizes safety, and full physical activity for top conditioning. Judo is learned on special mats for comfort and safety. Judo is unique in that all age groups, both sexes, and most disabled persons can participate together in learning and practicing the sport. Judo is an inexpensive, year-round activity, which appeals to people from all walks of life. Many people over sixty years of age enjoy the sport, as well as very young boys and girls. Perhaps one of the most famous Judo competitors today is the UFC fighter Ronda Rousey, who won third place while competing in Judo in the 2008 Summer Olympics. Judo develops self-discipline and respect for oneself and others. Judo provides the means for learning self-confidence, concentration, and leadership skills, as well as physical coordination, power, and flexibility. As a sport that has evolved from a fighting art, it develops complete body control, fine balance, and fast reflexive action. Above all, it develops a sharp reacting mind well coordinated with the same kind of body. Judo training gives a person an effective self-defense system if the need arises.
Our club builds a strong sense of community. Ball State Judo Club is not just dedicated to expanding our club members’ knowledge about Judo in order to practice and compete, but it is also dedicated to making strong bonds between the members in the club. As a part of Ball State Judo Club you will grow not only as an athlete, but as a person through making valuable relationships and life long friendships within the club and the Judo community.