Judo Canada

Story and Photos by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

April 27, 2013, Mill Bay, BC (ISN)  – The 2013 Island Series, Shidokai Shiai was hosted by the Mill Bay Shidokai Judo Club kicked off Saturday morning with around 63 young competitors (judoka) taking part from six island dojos.

The six included; Victoria, Nanaimo, Campbell River, Parklands, Kokushikai, and Shidokai. A medal count will not be available until after the weekend.

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Students line up during opening ceremonies – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

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Young competitors ready themselves for the match – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

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Male and female students compete against each other – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

Judo is not just a sport but an art form that is now practiced in almost every country in the world. The founder of Judo was a man named Jigoro Kano who was born in 1860 and graduated from Imperial University in Tokyo in 1881 with a degree in literature, taking a further degree in philosophy the following year.

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Two female competitors try their hardest to subdue each other – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

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The match begins as both contenders start off on their feetPhoto by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

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One young student does his best to keep his opponent pinned downPhoto by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

Kano was a leading educationalist and a prominent figure in the Japanese Olympic movement. He began his study of ju-jutsu as a young man and by 1883 he felt he was able to instruct the public through a school of his own and opened the first Kodokan for the study of Kano Judo.

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The idea is to try and sweep your opponent to the floor, gaining the upper hand – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

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One student tries hard to throw his opponent over his shoulder – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

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Two young female students are definitely having fun – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

Both Karate and Judo are martial arts of Japanese origin but both have distinct characteristics. Judo may be called a ‘soft’ martial art involving body maneuvers against the opponent; Karate can be termed a ‘hard’ martial art where actual blows are landed upon the opponent’s body.

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A young student gets thrown to the mats during a match – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

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Anything to get your opponent to the mats – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

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Both competitors end up with their feet flying through the air – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

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. Judo is an attacking and aggressive form of martial art, whereas Karate is purely a defensive form.