Sanshiro Sugata; The Judo Saga!

Posted by: John W. Zimmer
Under: Movies
5 Aug 2009

3 Responses to “Sanshiro Sugata; The Judo Saga!”

  1. Urban Samurai Says:

    Hey John. Good post and interesting video clip. I feel compelled to watch the rest now!

    I’ve always considered Judo to be an effective martial art and it is also very good for self defense, thanks in part to the ability of its practitioners to effectively control the balance of an opponent. As a Jujitsuka I obviously practice many of the techniques (mainly throws) that make up Judo. The only real difference is the added strikes before doing the the technique. Judoka also tend to start from a grappling position, taking the techniques from there. Obviously in a self defense situation it would be fairly easy to close the distance to gain control. Once the gap is closed there are not many who would defeat a good Judoka. You’d be flying through the air before you knew what was happening.

    Jujitsu also tends to take many of the techniques from different attacks such as grabs, bear hugs, kicks and punches etc., something Judo tends not to do.

    Over all though I’d say Judoka are better at executing the throwing techniques since that’s all they do really. Jujitsu has a lot more to it.

    If you’re thinking of learning this kind of thing I’d say you’d benefit from learning both and combining the two to make them more effective.

  2. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hey Neil. Thanks for the insight. While I think I would like to take Judo first – I can get basic BJJ training from my organization free so I am guessing that is the way I will go at first.

    It was a cool movie so I hope you get a chance to view it.

  3. Cheri Arbuckle Says:

    You are correct — the film’s subtitles are definitely French (I was an exchange student there when I was in high school, so I learned French pretty well.