I want to do Judo in Manchester because it’s meant to be practical. But it’s too often taught hotheadedly – competitively, ballsily and lacking attention to detail.
Judo is a competitive Olympic sport more than an art these days – at least that’s the way it tends to be outside of Japan. The Russians tend to do well in the Olympics – Judo is well uptaken by Russian culture – their President Putin is heavily respected as a 6th Dan Black Belt in the great Japanese martial-art-come-sport of Judo.
Judo and Jujitsu evolved simultaneously as the peasants’ striking art of Karate proved ineffective against increasingly well-armed soldiers in Japan. In Japanese, Ju means Soft/Gentle, while Do means Way/Style, and Jitsu (aka Jutsu) means Art/Skill/Technique; thus Judo and Jujitsu are pretty much the same thing but for traditionally more focus on the way of life of a Judoka within Judo and more focus on the practical, skilled techniques in Jujitsu. That said, Judo nowadays is little about the way of life and more about the competitive game, so If you’re seeking the true Do of Judo, I suggest you pursue Aikido which if probably the truest reflection of original top-level traditional Judo being taught en mass today. Indeed, standard Aikido class etiquette, evident in 99% of classes around the world today, is clearly reflective of this.