JUDO TRAINING IS AN INTERMITTENT METABOLICALLY DEMANDING ACTIVITY THAT HAS HISTORICALLY BEEN CONNECTED TO PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT. THE HEALTH IMPACT OF PRACTICING THIS OLYMPIC SPORT AND MARTIAL ART HIGHLIGHTS THE BENEFITS OF COMBAT SPORTS FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS. VARIOUS PHYSIOLOGICAL IMPROVEMENTS, INCLUDING THOSE IN THE AREAS OF BODY COMPOSITION, STRENGTH, AND ENDURANCE, AS WELL AS ENHANCED COGNITIVE PERFORMANCE AND LIFE SATISFACTION HAVE SHOWN TO RESULT FROM PARTICIPATION IN JUDO BY YOUNG PEOPLE.
1Metabolic and Body Composition Laboratory, Department of Health and Exercise Science, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma; 2USA Judo, USA Stars Foundation, Moore, Oklahoma; and 3United States Judo Federation, Western Idaho Judo Institute, Fruitland, Idaho
David H. Fukuda is a third-degree black belt in judo and a doctoral research and teaching assistant in the Metabolic and Body Composition Laboratory, Department of Health and Exercise Science, University of Oklahoma.
Jeffrey R. Stout is a first-degree black belt in judo and an associate professor and director of the Metabolic and Body Composition Laboratory, Department of Health and Exercise Science, University of Oklahoma.
Patrick M. Burris an eighth-degree black belt in judo and the Director of Coaching Education for USA Judo and the chief executive officer of the USA Stars Foundation.
Robert S. Fukuda is a fifth-degree black belt in judo and the executive director of the United States Judo Federation as well as an international A-level referee with the International Judo Federation and the head instructor of Western Idaho Judo Institute.