Kudo (in japanese 空道, literally - «a view of life as something transient and empty») or Daido Juku (in Japanese 大道塾, “a great way of learning”) is a modern strike-based martial art that was founded in 1981 by Takashi Azuma, the 1977 full contact kyokushin national champion, the Grandmaster of Daido Juku. Daido Juku - Kudo is not just a mixture of kyokushin karate, judo and muay thai , etc. Kudo is a complete Martial Art (Budo).
The format of Kudo competition rules implies victory over the opponent by direct, full contact punches and kicks, which brings the opponent down and gives the winner victory by ‘Ippon’. Victory can be also be achieved by winning ‘Ippon’ as a result of effective submission technique, and by conducting effective techniques that award the performer with ‘Wazari’, ‘Yuko’ or ‘Koka’ points. In a regular division, submission is allowed 2 times of 30 seconds each during a 3-minute match. If the winner is not decided in the main match 2 3-minute extensions are permitted.
The KUDO rules overview victory or defeat is decided by any direct attack using “punch, kick, elbow, head-butt, throw, etc.”.
Face protectors (Neo Headgear KU and SUPERSAFE) must be worn all the time and the techniques are to be executed with bare hands and feet.
Using Physical Index (height in cm + weight in kg) within the competitors.
Phylosophy of Kudo: Kudo is not just a mixed fighting with emphasis on competition side. It is a life-long sport, system for youth education, and method of self-defense and health maintenance for adults. One of the purposes of BUDO is to train the mind and body to become strong and utilize that strength for the improvement of our community.
Principles of Kudo:
Through the pursuit of learning Kudo,
we develop great physical and mental strength,
we learn to educate ourselves and to gain intelligence,
to live generously and humanely among people, to
improve our personalities,
and to become positive contributing members of society. But Budo does seek the pursue of spiritual strength (courage, self-control, unyielding attitude), attaining kindness (compassion to the weak and the lost), and etiquette (to one’s colleagues, elders, juniors) of the humans. Budo is a social physical education that aims to produce human beings who are able to contribute to society by giving them an environment for them to develop the above-mentioned spiritual qualities.
Currently KUDO is a mixed martial art that on a fast track of development. Many people in over 40 countries practice it. Over 17 000 people practice Kudo in Russia, 10 000 of them are children and teenagers under the age of 18.