Was Judo the first Mixed Martial Art?

There is no way that todays judo competition could be considered mixed martial arts but given what judo is(link),I venture that I am on safe ground by saying that in its origins and in it's principals Judo is and always has been the first of the modern mixed martial arts.

The history of judo is a development of Jujitsu and the famous police competitions were by no means any reflection of modern competition. In fact the whole purpose of the police competitions was to determine what was truly the most effective martial art of the time. Where it not for these competition we would not have ground work in judo today as until the Kodakan was beaten with ground work, professor Kano saw no value in ground work. Something we regularly get refections of in todays martial arts community.

It has to be said that I am not a big fan of most modern mixed martial arts; mostly because it frustrates me seeing so little efficiency by many practitioners. If that is the case then that also means that modern mixed martial arts could never be considered judo as much of it would not meet the principal of judo "Maximum Efficiency with Minimum Effort" and "Mutual Welfare and Benefit." That's not a reflection on those that teach MMA, I just don't think many of them have caught up with professor Kano yet.

Having said that I really like that idea of MMA as it seems fairly clear to me that Judo was originally the mixed martial arts of the day and maybe one day those in the modern mixed martial arts who have not, will catch on to the the idea "Maximum Efficiency with Minimum Effort" and "Mutual Welfare and Benefit."

Now wouldn't that be both a deadly and amazing combination?


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