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The Gentler Martial Art of Judo

It is a great pity that karate has become so popular in Australia at the expense of judo. We win medals in international competitions at judo, Glasgow being the most recent example, but it hasn’t captured the imagination, in the way that in Europe judo has become the indoor winter sport. Moreover, karate costs lives. In Australia, young people who want to acquire martial skills seem more likely to choose karate, whose essence is not the throw but the single disabling blow, the king hit. The king hit was a deluded Japanese belief that one blow could decide an issue.…

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