[quote]Zack Nelson wrote:
Nice way to subside someone’s concerns!
I am not going to placate someone by blowing smoke up their ass. I know lots of people to get hurt in Judo. Seriously hurt. Broken neck hurt. Watch the videos. Judo carries more competitive ego with it then Jujutsu - because most Judo associations require competition to get rank advancement. So you get alot of gunners who believe the point is not to be better, just simply better than YOU.
As Fighting IRish says, and which I agree - the injuries are different. I don’t personally know anyone who boxed for a few years who has had a broken spine. I know a few in Judo who have done so. I don’t know anyone in boxing who has had a major surgery specifically because of boxing - but know many in Judo.
On the other hand I do know more Judoka than competitive boxers. But you could add my Muay Thai contacts and it evens out - and the most recent injury I know of in Muay Thai is a friend who got a tooth knocked out. Big deal - much easier to deal with than being a paraplegic from a broken neck.
I did Jujutsu many years - have a few owies but nothing serious. This same is not true with my Judoka friends - and the irony is that Jigoro Kano (founder of Judo) took the “dangerous” throws out so that Judo could be done competitively. But I know wayyyy more Judoka with serious injuries that Jujutsuka.
“Back in the day” , in the summer we lost our dojo to train in (it was in a college dance class during the school year) and we trained in the Sensei’s back yard - often doing breakfalls on the bare ground or occassionally on concrete - and even then had less injuries than Judoka.
You watch the first video and you see some jerk Jodoka (Jerkdoka?) who is so desperate for a win so he can get his next rank advancement that he snaps the poor suckers neck on purpose. “Yay, I got my next belt…sorry about your neck”
But if you want me to subside their concerns Tassie… ok… sure go ahead and do Judo. You CANT get hurt … its impossible. Pillow fights at little girl slumber parties are tougher. If you only know how to fall you can never get hurt. Its impossible. You should never have such a concern.
I’m not saying at all that judoka don’t get hurt. Injury in any combat/contact sport are inevitable.
What I’m saying is that the risk for injury can by minimised by being smart, and making sure that you’re in a good school.
My issue with your first post is that you are taking a worst case scenario and presenting it as though it is common place.
Even if the personal experiences you related are true, bad personal experiences don’t always prove true for the general population.
I believe I gave some decent advice, as best as a beginner could, on how to help minimise the risk for injury.
OP- So yes, the risk for getting seriously injured in judo exists. Perhaps more-so than other contact/combat sports, I don’t know.
Minor injuries are inevitable, on a daily basis. Like I said, check out the school. Ask them about you concerns for injury if you like.
If you decide it not’s for you, I’m sure you’ll find something else to get into.