Judo is one of the most popular martial arts in the world. It’s known as the “gentle art” and it was developed by Jigaro Kano, who was a Japanese master of judo. The main goal of judo is to throw an opponent onto the ground by using the opponent’s weight against him.
Not only that judo uses many throws that will take your opponent to the ground, but it also uses chokes and arm locks in order to submit your opponent.
So, is it effective when it is transitioned to MMA?
Well, the simple answer is yes. High-level judokas with years of experience can adapt their skills to MMA. But there is a catch.
Judo is trained with a gi, and in MMA you can’t wear a gi, so making the throws, arm-locks, and chokes work well without a gi is essential. However, high-level judokas, who are experts in overhooks and underhooks, can make that work, but adapting to a no-gi fight will take time and dedication.
Since judo doesn’t involve any striking, there is also an issue with training in striking martial arts, such as Muay Thai, kickboxing, and boxing. Judokas with no experience in striking martial arts may have trouble transitioning to MMA because they have to start training in these martial arts from scratch, along with training no-gi techniques.
On the flip side, judo is very effective when it comes to the clinch and takedown defenses, and if you can make it work without a gi, that can be very effective in an MMA fight.