Kudo is a famous Japanese Budo sport full-contact punches, various kicks, throws and submission techniques in the ring.
Kudo roughly translates as “The Way of the Open Mind.”
It includes head guard and gloves, throwing and grappling techniques, restraint, locks and strangleholds. Kudo is an inclusive martial art along with elements of philosophy.
Both physical, as well as mental strength, is considered while practising Kudo. Today, Kudo is practised in more than 52 countries, with the most significant representation in Russia.
Takashi Azuma is the founder of Kudo and also the President of the Kudo International Federation. He, at present, holds a 9th-degree black belt in the Kyokushin Budokai (awarded by Jon Bluming), a 3rd-degree black belt in judo, and a 9th-degree black belt in Kudo.
Today, Kudo is recognized by 10 national Olympic committees worldwide and has over 50 member countries.
The primary aim of Kudo is to come as close to their opponent and undergo real fighting with appropriate protective clothing. To achieve this, Kudo is fought with a small set of regulations and has specialized techniques. The techniques of Kudo include the full range of a real struggle such as standing up, throwing, grappling and ground fighting. Some of the techniques, such as grappling and ground combat, have been added from the judo. However, these techniques are safe to perform. Kudo practitioners use white and blue Gi colours for their easy identification. Some of the independently developed protective gears are for the face, torso, arms, legs, etc., to ensure their safety during combat. All athletes are required to wear dogi, headgear, Kudo fist guard and a Kudo bandage.
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