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Difference Between Karate and Judo

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Karate and judo are martial arts of Japanese origin. Both have distinct characteristics. While Judo is what could be called a soft martial art mainly involving body maneuvers against an opponent, karate can be termed as a hard martial art where blows are landed on an opponent’s body.

A Karate exponent would strike an opponent whereas somebody practicing Judo would endeavor to throw him. A Karate man would batter a man to submission whereas a Judo man would grapple with, wrap or trap an opponent, the effort aimed at tiring down the opponent.

A Karate man takes his energy from mother earth and uses it against his opponent in the form of blocks and counter assaults, whereas in Judo energy is drawn away from the opponent by redirecting it towards mother earth by tossing the opponent down. As a sport Karate involves earning points for kicking and punching, whereas in Judo points are to be had for grappling and throwing your opponent as one would in wrestling. In Judo the body and its weight and how it is balanced vis-à-vis the opponent decide the course of a fight, while in Karate, hands are used to chop and legs to kick at your adversary.

Karate is an attacking and aggressive form of martial art, whereas Judo is purely a defensive form of martial art. Karate as a way of fighting is quite dramatic unlike Judo which primarily is all about grappling. In Karate on the other hand the process of blocking blows or landing them on to other people, or objects (as in smashing boards and objects) looks quite spectacular. It is no wonder then that while Judo is not much featured in movies, Karate is the staple of many movies. An example being the Karate Kid series of movies from Hollywood.

Judo and Karate in a way symbolize two entirely different approaches towards the art of fighting. In Judo the stress is not on brute strength or sheer force. It has to do more with a gentle but firm defensive attitude where your body and the way it is poised and balanced vis-a-vis the opponent lets you get the upper hand. Karate on the other hand is a direct and confrontationist approach where you boldly block the opponent’s moves and attack him vigorously with your hands and legs.

Summary:
1.Judo is a soft martial art mainly involving body maneuvers against an opponent. Karate can be termed as a hard martial art where are blows are landed on an opponent’s body
2.A Karate man batters a man to submission whereas a Judo man grapples with, wraps or traps an opponent the effort aimed at tiring down the opponent.
3.As a sport Karate involves earning points for kicking and punching, whereas in Judo points are to be had for grappling and throwing your opponent as one would in wrestling
4.Karate is an attacking and aggressive form of martial art, whereas Judo is purely a defensive form of martial art.


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  1. most wonderful art acc. to me,i would like to earn this art at any cost.

  2. Wow. I find this incredibly offensive. The person who wrote this knows nothing about Judo whatsoever. Referring to Judo as purely “defensive” is a severe understatement. If anyone has ever seen the mixed martial artist and olympic judo metalist Ronda Rousey fight, you would know that judo not purely “defensive”. Judo is a grappling martial art, while karate is a striking martial art. Anyone who has been thrown by a good judo player knows that if it wasn’t for that nice, soft mat to land on, Judo would do a lot more damage than a single karate punch could imagine. I challenge any karate guy to step on a judo mat and call judo purely “defensive”. Youll be on your ass faster than you knew what happened.

    • I’m sorry to say but it’s true, judo it’s an art that it about trows and locks were karate it’s strikes. As a sport Karate has to be down graded for points, as real karate means breaking knees, neck chops that will cut your oxygen and kill you, face punches out of men who have iron fist. Karate also has some trows and sweeps like judo but it depends on the school. However that said many karate schools in America are only mcdojos, a good karate figther it’s hard to come by now days, but judo doesn’t fail to deliver from that side. Finally if interested in karate, search your school and learn the history of the tradition. I would recommend to do judo or jujitsu first as many figths end on the ground then take karate or any striking art, or it could be the other way around but one MUST master or understand both strikes and grappling to be an effective fighter, I seen many judo and jujitsu guys fall after one kick to the face or their ribs, the same I have seen many karate guys go down after being caught by a grappler.

      • Thanks Ray,

        my son after spending 10 yrs in karate ( he is a black belt at the age of 9 n now trying for den after 13 yrs) feeling blank as there is no future of Karate, there is no national or international competition.

        Can u please suggest or should he move for Judo as a carrier.

        Rgds,
        Amit

        • Agreed, Joe. This is terribly offensive, as the author does not know a single thing about judo. You do not “tire” an opponent in judo to defeat him. Judo throws can break someone’s neck. Also, I do not see the “submission” part of karate. In fact, in judo, you practice chokes and arm bars and use them in competitions. Ronda Rousey is definitely a good example of someone who knows the art of arm bars and judo. Sorry, but this article lacks any real knowledge behind judo AND karate, whatsoever.

          Amit, judo is a great sport, as it teaches and builds self confidence and tones your skills. It is definitely something that won’t be boring after a while, if that is what your son is worried about. I think that he can learn a lot more from judo since it teaches you how to fight bigger and stronger opponents since you cannot just use raw strength. Maybe let him watch some Olympic judo clips, and let him decide if it is right for him. Judo is exhilarating, to say the least.

    • wow thanks I have been trying to decide if I should do judo or karate and judo wins hands down so thanks a lot

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