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Five Points Academy Judo and Brazilian JiuJitsu

Judo, meaning “gentle way”, is a modern Japanese martial art that originated in Japan in the late nineteenth century. The soft method is characterized by the indirect application of force to defeat an opponent. More specifically, it is the principle of using one’s opponent’s strength against him and adapting well to changing circumstances. Jūdōka are ranked according to skill and knowledge of judo, and their rank is reflected by their belt color. This ranking system was introduced into the martial arts by judo’s founder and has since been widely adopted by modern martial arts.