What is Kudo?
Kudo is a comprehensive martial art and philosophy, in which both physical and mental development are of equal importance. Traditional Japanese etiquette ‘Reigi’ is strictly followed; such as the use of greeting rituals, wearing the traditional training ‘keikogi’ suit, and the names of the techniques always respectfully taught in Japanese.
The training of Kudo consists primarily of “kihon” or basic movements, general fitness building and combat.
Kudo is a mixed arts sport, comprising full contact punches, kicks, throws, and submission techniques on the ground. Kudo has its origins in Kakuto Karate (Combat Karate) but with less of a competition mindset. It is a life-long sport, a system of youth education, a method of self-defence and a great way to keep healthy for both kids and adults alike.
What does Kudo mean?
One of the purposes of martial arts, especially the modern Budo martial arts, like Judo, Karate-do, Kendo, Aikido and now “Kudo”, is to simultaneously train body and mind, and to utilise that strength for the improvement of our community.
Notice how all of the Budo arts end in ‘’do’’? This means “a way of life”, and teaches youth resilience through life hardships. Martial arts are not violent, they guide and teach self-discipline and respect, which unfortunately is lacking in today’s youth.
Add “Ku” as our motto and Kudo was born. “KUDO” “空” has three important philosophical concepts.
1) Mujou kan – Acceptance of change. Nothing stays the same! So Kudo teaches us to be less attached to objects.
2) Sougo izon – Interdependency. We all depend on one other to exist.
3) Huhen Huto – Open-mindedness. The ability to accept challenges with a positive outlook and resolve.