Kudo (Daido Juku).

Kudo is a martial art created by Azuma Takashi in 1981. Azuma was a black belt in Kyokushin Karate and Judo, saw the potential for a hybrid martial art which was not limited by styles. He decided to merge the two martial arts he knew, and made Daido Juku, where striking and grappling was allowed. Slowly, various other martial arts like Muay Thai, Boxing, Jiu-Jitsu and various other martial arts were incorporated, and fine-tuned to work well in the style. The martial art was renamed as Kudo in 2001, and is accepted as a Budo sport in Japan.

Kudo & MMA.

Azuma created a martial art with various offensive and defensive tactics, creating his own mixed martial art.

– Strikes, like elbows to the head, knees, kicks and head butts are allowed. It provides a good base for training in striking, as well as being prepared to defend against the variety of strikes that are common in mixed martial arts fighting.

– The art also includes throws and takedowns, to be used in combination with strikes, which is very similar to MMA fights.

– The system also integrates wrestling into the training, so practitioners are familiar with ground fighting techniques, like positional control and submissions.

The only difference with a mixed martial arts fight would be the use of protective gear in Kudo. The protective headgear used is to ensure safety, but that doesn’t reduce the number of knockouts in tournaments.

Kudo is a traditional mixed martial art. And with the amalgamation of so many different disciplines of martial arts, it provides an effective ground for training in MMA.

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