Wrestling and Judo

The Base Vancouver Wrestling and Judo


Here at The Base Vancouver, we feel that Judo should align with its Japanese translation, “the way of gentleness.” Though Judo is an intense martial art that requires great endurance and strength, it should be practiced in an orderly way that honors and protects everyone involved.

The Base Vancouver’s Judo classes are challenging, yet extremely welcoming and fulfilling. We feel that Judo is the perfect martial art for athletes looking to drastically expand their physical abilities and gain greater experience in self-defense. Still not seeing the advantages? Just take a look at The Base Vancouver’s very own Judo fighters. Our martial artists who practice Judo are known for their quick thinking and high levels of strength, coordination, and agility. Not only is Judo an amazing martial art to practice, but the skills you’ll acquire from it are guaranteed to take your athletic game in all other martial art disciplines to the next level.

The Base Vancouver Wrestling and Judo

Fosters A Rich History

So…what is Judo anyways?

The Japanese martial art of Judo arose from Jiu Jitsu in the late 1800s, and has been included in the Olympics since 1964. Judo is a combat sport that primarily utilizes throwing and grappling techniques. NBC Olympics explains that a Judo match can be won in a variety of ways – such as scoring an ippon, scoring two waza-aris, or your opponent receiving one hansoku-make penalty or four shido penalties.


The Base Vancouver Wrestling and Judo

Focuses on Defense

Judo is a very unique martial art discipline. While many other forms of martial arts focus on striking, attacking, and overcoming an opponent using intense kicks and punches, Judo emphasizes defense. For example, in a Judo match, the martial artist aims to exhaust their opponent through grappling. Judo is softer, gentler, and more efficient in its use of energy and effort than all other disciplines. This martial art teaches moves and maneuvers that allow a smaller fighter to succeed against a larger and often stronger opponent. This distinctive element of Judo makes it ideal for self-defense, particularly among children and smaller individuals.

While people are impressed by the fancy kicks and punches of martial art disciplines such as Karate and Taekwondo, they often underestimate the impact of Judo’s grappling, throws, and blocks. Judo is extremely strategic, preparing its practitioners well for fights that end up on the ground – a reality in many real-life altercations.


The Base Vancouver Wrestling and Judo

Promotes Important Values

Judo is not just about overcoming an opponent or winning a medal. In fact, it has its very own moral code. This set of guidelines outlines how all Judo martial artists should live and behave – not just as athletes, but as people. The Team USA website states that this code includes values surrounding courtesy, courage, friendship, honesty, honor, modesty, respect, and self-control.

At The Base Vancouver, we believe that mastery in body and mind must happen simultaneously. We teach our students that in order to be successful, they must apply the Judo moral code to every single class, grappling session, and match. When martial artists are in tune with their emotions, are able to control their actions, and hold strong standards for themselves, their athletic performance will reach new heights. We push our students to take care of those around them, act with integrity, persevere through challenges, and learn from their mistakes. Thanks to these values, The Base Vancouver is home to an amazing martial art community, where all students are sure to thrive.

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