Frequently Asked Questions

Judo is a popular martial art that has been practiced for over 100 years. Whether you’re new to Judo or have been practicing for a while, you may have some questions. In this post, we will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about Judo.


What is Judo?

Judo is a Japanese martial art that focuses on throws, takedowns, and grappling techniques. The goal of Judo is to use your opponent’s momentum and leverage to throw them to the ground or immobilize them with a submission hold.

It has been part of the Olympic Games since 1964, when the Summer Olympics were held in Tokyo, Japan. Judo is now one of the most popular martial arts in the world, and the Olympic Judo competition is highly regarded among martial arts enthusiasts.


What is the Saratoga Academy of Elite Martial Arts?

As part of the larger Saratoga Academy of Elite Martial Arts, along with Judo, students may also cross train in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, and Kyokushin Karate. Check out our list of styles here. Train in one or train in them all! Family discounts are available.


What’s the Difference between Judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu?

Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) are both grappling-based martial arts, but they have some key differences in their techniques, training methods, and rulesets.

Ultimately, both Judo and BJJ can be effective martial arts for self-defense and sport competition, and many practitioners enjoy training in both. Choosing which art to train in may come down to personal preference, goals, and availability of training opportunities in your area.


What are the benefits of practicing Judo?

Judo offers many benefits, including physical fitness, mental toughness, self-defense skills, and social connections. Judo can also improve balance, coordination, and flexibility.


Is Judo safe?

Like any sport, Judo does come with some risk of injury. However, with proper training and supervision, the risk can be minimized. Judo is generally considered to be a safe martial art.


Do I need to be in good shape to start practicing Judo?

No, you don’t need to be in great shape to start practicing Judo. Judo is a great way to get in shape, and many Judo clubs welcome people of all fitness levels.


Do I need to be flexible to practice Judo?

No, you don’t need to be extremely flexible to practice Judo. Judo can actually help improve your flexibility over time.


Can I start Judo after 40?

Yes, it is definitely possible to start Judo after the age of 40! In fact, many people start Judo later in life and still achieve significant progress and benefits. Remember, Judo offers many physical and mental benefits, regardless of age or experience. Whether you’re 20 or 60, starting Judo can be a great way to challenge yourself, improve your health, and develop new skills.


What should I wear to practice Judo?

You should wear a Judo gi, which is a traditional uniform made of cotton. You can purchase a gi at most martial arts supply stores or online. We recommend Fuji Brand as they are good quality and affordable. 


Can children practice Judo?

Yes, children can practice Judo. Many Judo clubs offer classes for children as young as 5 or 6 years old.


Is Judo good martial art for kids with developmental issues?

Judo can be a great martial art for kids with developmental issues, as it offers many physical, mental, and social benefits. It is important to note that every child is different, and what works for one child may not work for another. It is always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional or a qualified Judo instructor to determine if Judo is an appropriate activity for a child with developmental issues. Additionally, it may be helpful to seek out Judo programs that have experience working with children with special needs.


Is Judo a competitive sport?

Yes, Judo is a competitive sport. Judo competitions are held at the local, national, and international levels. However, many people practice Judo purely for the enjoyment and personal development.


Do I need to have a background in martial arts to practice Judo?

No, you don’t need to have any prior experience in martial arts to practice Judo. Judo is a great martial art for beginners.


How long does it take to master Judo?

Judo is a complex martial art, and it can take years of practice to master. However, even with just a few months of training, you can begin to see improvements in your skills and technique.