Kyushindo Judo is taught using natural, circular movements to over-balance your opponent, instead of strength and force to overcome them. Force can always be added to throws later, but used on its own, is of limited use if you find yourself against a stronger opponent.
By concentrating on technique instead of strength and competition, Kyushindo Judo can be taught safely and enjoyably, reducing the chances of injury. For the same reason, the more ‘competitive’ techniques such as forced arm locks and strangle holds are not taught in Kyushindo Judo. We all need to be able to get up for school or work the next day.
All this doesn’t mean that Kyushindo Judo is ineffective – or needn’t be hard work. If you learn to use both your own and your opponent’s movement to take them off-balance, Judo throws can be just as effective as by using strength alone. This can take more time and practice that relying on power, but is worth the effort.
One other difference you’ll notice from other styles is that lessons are taught mainly in English rather than Japanese.
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