9/18/2008 9:30pm, #1
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- Jul 2008
The Psychology of Winning or Blind Judo
At Mind Hacks, a blog that rates fairly highly on the awesomeness scale, there was an article that states"Wired Science covers an elegant study that suggests that spontaneous expressions of pride and shame are innate behaviours that are not significantly influenced by culture."The new research, however, distilled from high-resolution, high-speed photographic sequences of sighted and blind judo competitors at the 2004 Olympics and Paralympics, suggests that most nonverbal responses to wins and losses are almost universal.
No cultural differences were observed among competitors from different countries and, aside from the shaking of the fists after a loss, sighted and blind athletes displayed remarkably similar nonverbal behavior.
YouTube - Blind Judo (I)
9/19/2008 7:46am, #2
Hell yes. Always wondered if there was a martial art accessible to blind people.
9/19/2008 8:38am, #3
Blind Judo is also amazing as the ONLY rule change from regular Judo is that the competitors start with an 1882 grip.
Other then that it's IDENTICAL.
9/19/2008 9:00am, #4
One of my Judo coaches and good friend is Scott Moore. Gold medalist in blind Judo he was a fierce competitor and was also ranked in sighted Judo in the US. I have had the chance to train with the team on several occasions and they are just as tough as any sighted player I have played.
If you know of visually impaired people who want to do a martial art Judo is the way to go.Judo is only gentle for the guy on top.
9/19/2008 9:03am, #5
Hell, if you know anyone who want's to do a martial art Judo is the way to go.... </shameless_plug>
9/19/2008 9:42am, #6
I think the only real disadvantage that Judo presents to a visually impaired person is that they can't see how awesome a properly executed throw looks.
9/19/2008 9:58am, #7
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- Jul 2006
There are legends of blind swordsmen out there who sensed reality with chi instead of eyes. Believe in the power of the mind.
9/19/2008 10:11am, #8
One time I used my chi to sense that my McDojo membership check had bounced. After that, I was no longer able to focus my chi.
9/19/2008 11:10am, #9Originally Posted by NordJudo is only gentle for the guy on top.
9/19/2008 11:23am, #10
Plus there's the fact that quite often when you're up real close, you can't really see what's going on - you have to rely on a combination of feeling and memory.