Here are a couple of videos explaining judo’s Goshin Jutsu No Kata. For those who don’t know, this is one of the kata of judo in which we see strikes and self-defence techniques.
While I remain unconvinced about the practically of some elements of the kata (i.e. unnecessarily complex in parts) there is nevertheless some very interesting aspects and it’s good to be reminded of the non-competitive side of judo. I also hope it is interesting for everyone to see judo strikes and defences against strikes.
Just as there are many karate dojo who now totally omit the grappling that was once a key part of the art, there are just as many judo schools who now never practise any striking.
It’s interesting how many systems have narrowed their field of study as they become more and more specialised in a given area. Karate, judo, boxing, aikido, etc have all been prone to this.
Plenty of practitioners have maintained a wide study of course, and an ever growing number of martial artists are returning to that approach, but it is interesting to see the elements that have been ignored by many.
While there are judo groups who do include striking, they are in a minority. I therefore hope this little look at judo striking is of interest to those who have not seen it before.
All the best,
Goshin Jutsu No Kata Part 1