When you think about Japan, a lot comes to mind, including a bunch of different sports and activities. One of the most famous ones is Karate, an ancient fighting techinque that have its origins in the Ryukyu islands. The name literally means "empty hand", and this is the better short description you could make about karate. The fighters doesn't use any kind of weapons, relying only on their hands and skills. Sure, today "fighters" is wrong term since Karate is used only in sports or, in alternative, as a form of personal defence. Today a lot of courses are made to teach people Karate: not only for children, but also adults and - a great difference respect to centuries ago, both women and men without distinction (while a characteristic of Karate is that it was only for men at the beginning). Studying Karate always rewards you: you usually begin and then you cannot stop, and you improve as the years pass by. Your ability is symbolized by your belt, Starting off with a white one (or even without one), Karate students gradually gain a different belt with a different colors and meaning. There is a lot of respect involved towards the highest grades. Usually who fights Karate wear a white habit called gi. composed of a shirt and pants entirely white and made of cotton. The main focus of Karate is purity: the goal is to purify yourself from evil thoughts, to have a clear mind. Only this way people can be nice, good and humble. As you can easily imagine by now, fighting is not the main focus of karate and using it in incorrect ways could bring dishonor to yourself. It's a very interesting discipline, ancient, deep and that could teach a new good way of life to everyone.

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  • It can greatly improve your character and personality
  • You will gain a stronger and balanced body
  • Help to learn how to defend yourself
  • It can be motivating and help with self respect
  • Studying karate make you feel part of a group

  • Less common than Judo
  • Requires a lot of effort
  • You can't exaclty learn how to fight
  • With some moves you might hurt yourself
  • Might become expensive
  • Not a Olympic sport




One thing for me the reason why I like this martial arts over the other one? It is because I like Japanese cultures. I find it more interesting and easy to learn. For me, Karate has more difficult techniques.
Posted by Anonymous on 04-19-2018

Karate hya!

I would say that Karate is a better martial arts as it's much more defensive where as Judo is all about blocks, defences, holds and counter moves. Karate really goes in for the chop! Quite literally! But from a defensive perspective, Judo can only help so much. If the person you're fighting knows Karate then you wont really have as much as a fighting chance (unless you're stronger) to take them out. With Karate you can perform certain kicks and punches that can take your opponent out for good. Seriously, a few punches in the right places at the right times can really knock the air out of an opponent. But Judo just grabs and holds you to the floor in submission. Karate teaches you how to avoid and counter these moves. And ultimately how to KO them if that is what you need to do if a certain situation or scenario calls for it. Both have one thing in common though, that first and foremost it's about respect and discipline. It's about peace and only using force that's needed to be used when it's needed to be used and never using it for evil reasons. Such as going around picking fights with people that don't have the same skills as you do just to KTA! :D
Posted by idealmikey on 11-01-2017


I vote for karate as when I was younger I did use to go to karate. I was inspired at a young age when I use to watch martial art movies such as Bruce Lee and I also liked Jean Claude van Damme movies was a big fan in my younger days.

I don't think Karate is less common than Judo, for me Judo is mainly throwing your opponent or landing and self-defence moves as karate are more of a contact sport with also self-defence and martial arts. You never actually see a Judo movie do you, you get movies with karate like Karate Kid movies which become very popular years back.

Posted by BestWriter on 11-02-2017


I had to vote for Karate because I would much rather watch Karate than Judo. It's probably thanks to all the films that have Karate in it. I just feel that Karate would be a lot more useful if you had to defend yourself whereas Judo wouldn't be as great.
Posted by kingcool52 on 11-02-2017

Much more fun

Karate is much more fun to learn then judo. You can practice different striking techniques while alone or with a sparring partner. The strikes are a a combination of kicks and punches.

Karate can definitely be used for self defense during emergency situations like for unwanted. Karate can also be used for fitness because there are lots warm up exercises that are easy to follow.

Since karate is very famous, you can find a lot of masters who would be able to teach you. There are also a lot of books and videos that teach you about karate.

Posted by limberg on 11-02-2017

Yes! Karate

Judo is interesting, but there's nothing like Karate. Anyway, it's all subjective. There could just as well be good reasons for choosing the other, but I simply like Karate more. Anyway, though, I don't really like wrestling. Perhaps, that's the source.
Posted by jyy on 04-10-2018

I prefer Karaté

I never had the opportunity to practice any of the arrangements. But I confess I do not like judo very much. I think judo is a boring and predictable sport. I find karate more interesting and have cooler techniques. I look forward to seeing this sport in the Olympics.
Posted by hermessantos on 11-01-2017

Karate ... Thanks to Bruce Lee

I heard of Judo before I heard about Karate. I was not that impressed. But when Bruce Lee appeared on the scene, kung fu, karate, and anything that looked like it impressed me. Made a lasting impression.
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 11-01-2017


I have noticed that your body moves more with the karate. And you can get more things done with it. And it can be good enough in any age. And that's something you have to learn about the life. And as you can see that karate has it's set of the changes about the life as well. It is something we need to get done on that basis. I guess we just find this out as we learn.
Posted by overcast on 11-02-2017

Much better.

I already had the opportunity to practice both sports, but I prefer Karate because I find the rhythm more dynamic and promotes a greater interaction between the fighters.

Judo is kinda boring, haha.

Posted by wiseagent on 11-01-2017


I prefer Karate because I've seen how close people have become more disciplined because they practice this martial art and, as throughout the years, they have kept their disciplined life putting into practice in other facets of their life. Besides of teaching people how to defend themselves of others, Karate also teaches them to avoid problems. Karate is a discipline with defined parameters regarding in how the punches must be in the competitions, which it helps the athletes to take care their bodies. Note: If something allows you to improve an area of your life you care and, also, affects in a positive way other areas so, you are doing a great job.
Posted by cubo on 11-25-2017

I tried this already

We have a Karate class back in my college days. It's one of my Physical Education subject. It taught me self-defense and I really like it because you need to exercise and condition yourself before making a Karate moves. It's also about developing how to discipline yourself.
Posted by Scarlet on 02-12-2018

Kick! Punch! Hyaaa!

For me, the better martial art is karate. I've seen this kind of martial art in the movies. I also bought a book of it in the past. I tried to train to be one good martial artist of karate before but I stop practicing. Karate is good especially if there are bad people around you. Maybe I should start again practicing karate.
Posted by blank629 on 11-02-2017

seems more practical

I feel like karate would be a bit more practical since all fights start out with striking pretty much so you'd have more of an advantage of weaving through punches and strikes. With judo you are limited to only grappling and that can be useful in some cases but in general sense I think striking would be the more sensible art to pick up.
Posted by Wubwub on 11-30-2018

This is more comprehensive

Although I'm not well informed about martial arts stuff, but I'm quite sure that Karate is more comprehensive and complete being compared to Judo. Judo seems to be a part of martial arts mainly used for self protection from harm or abuse but Karate is most times more than just for protection.
Posted by Martinsx on 12-30-2017

There are a lot of different fighting style from Japan, and a "recent" one, being born in the late 1800, is Judo. During the years it gain popularity, and it even became a sport in the Olympics (while Karate isn't). Like Karate, it's mostly a personal defense activity. Its name comes from two Japanese symbols with the meaning of softness, or kindness, and way. Therefore it could be seen as the way of softness, the way of kindness. Judo's ultimate goal is to help the mind and the body to develop as nature wants them to develope. It helps with the personal mental abilities, and usually who does Judos have a better personality, more balanced. Most of the time Judo is teached in a group of people (years ago even up to 500 or more), but it can be also practiced alone, as long as you never stop to train yourself. Today a lot of young people study Judo - and it's good, it helps them a lot and is not too much expensive. Most of the time the teachers are extremely good, and nice with everyone. They know how to treat everyone properly. To understand even more how Judo is more of a mental practice than a fighting one, you must remember that the place where it's studied is called dojo. This is also the name used by buddhism to indicate the place of meditation. They are clean place, with a solemn atmosphere that evoke a lot of respect. In every dojo you'll find small mats called tatami, which is made with different materials and techniques and nowadays there is not a fixed rule about that. Like the ones who study Karate, those who study Judo also dress completely in white (their dress is called judogi). They also have a bent, with a color system used to indicate their experience like in karate, and also useful during competitions to recognize who is who. It might not be as ancient as Karate, but Judo is a extremely good discipline to consider.

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  • It can make you stronger
  • Judo can help with life in general: a better mind, a better personality...
  • It can be cheap
  • It can be more effective since the training it's against phyiscal opponents
  • It's also into the Olympics

  • It can be lonely since it's more about the individual than the group
  • You might hurt yourself
  • The training is mostly against physical opponents, making it hard
  • Might not be that popular and harder to find than Karate




I actually did a bit of Judo as a kid. I think around 3 years or so but then I had some injuries so I decided to quit while I still could. I was doing really well considering that I'm a female and most of the time I had to fight guys because the sport wasn't too developed in my country yet.

Karate is a great martial art as well but a good judoist will destroy a good karate person. The takedowns that you can do are just extremely quick and deadly.

Posted by Mehano on 11-02-2017


I most definitely enjoy Judo more than Karate. I've actually been to both classes with Judo being the one I did longer and first and I just really like the nature of Judo since I also find Jujistu just as fascinating as a sport and martial art. I feel Karate is a bit cliche as a martial art to learn. That doesn't make it any less effective, it just makes it a bit more unappealing to me, plus I like to flip and choke people :).
Posted by AlexHarris on 11-02-2017

Judo wins

I've been in combat sports for a long time, and I can easily tell you that a judo fighter will absolutely destroy a karate fighter. Karate nowadays is mostly theoric and even the most effective styles will lose against judo, because judo teaches you to fight up close and on the ground. If a judo fighter grabs a karateka, he is going for a ride and will probably get his arm broken if he doesn't tap.
Posted by Tania997 on 11-01-2017

People don't understand Judo

I am 45 now. I have been a grappler since the age of 14. I have studied, folkstyle, freestyle and Greco-Roman. At 25 back in NY I began studying Judo. I've been hooked every since. People don't think that there are strikes in Judo. There are. People don't think Judo can be used offensively. It can. Is Judo perfect? No. No system is. But if you want a good base in practical grappling, Judo is good start. After that I'd advise you to cross train in BJJ.
Posted by Digicashceo on 01-08-2018


Judo is a much better game since it help to develop your body and mind and also improve your mental sharpness.
Posted by babyright on 11-01-2017
And does not karate also help to develop body and mind? I would like to hear your point of view better.
Posted by hermessantos on 11-01-2017
When it comes to development of physical and mental faculties of a person, particularly of a young adult, both karate and judo are good. I’d say that karate has been more popular simply because of the movies that portray karate to be a more potent way of fighting. If you had seen the movie Karate Kid, you will understand what I am saying. With judo, it is a discipline of skills involving quickness in movement since the fighting is close that one heavy blow can hurt you.
Posted by Corzhens on 06-11-2018
I think both have their positive aspects and are worth learning. Why limit yourself to just one, when you could be far more lethal and formidable towards anyone who attacks you unprovoked by having knowledge of both?
Posted by NickJ on 11-01-2017
I don't know which is the best one. They both have positive aspects so I think that both of them have their proponents. I know they both have their self defense and mediatative aspects so they can be good. I think they make be the best ways to get in shape physically and mentally.
Posted by kgord on 11-01-2017
I did not know the basic difference between judo and karate until recently. I always thought these two were same and I used to refer them as Judo Karata (using both words at the same time). When I was in school martialart class was introduced, it was a mandatory class However, I was not interested in martial art . Therefore, I always tried to avoid the class. I think Karate is a good defense system.
Posted by vinaya on 11-01-2017
I don't think I know enough details about either to really make a solid decision. From the perspective of a layman, they don't really seem all that different to me. Both are considered martial arts which help you develop and control both your body and mind. The main difference that I see are the styles. Karate seems to be more along the lines of what you'd consider classic combat with punching and kicking. On the other hand, Judo seems to be more about using your opponents weight against them and knocking them down. I should really look into studying either one or both since I've always been interested in them.
Posted by Denis_P on 11-02-2017
Personally, I know more about karate than judo maybe because we used to have a Martial arts trainer in my high school that specializes in karate and we were taught all forms of defensives and attack using karate and really used to be fun learning that.

This form of art help one to have stamina,give one good balances,be able to face an opponent without fears and helps one to defence any physical attack.I think people should learn this form of martial arts
Posted by lovely on 11-02-2017
I have tried the judo and it seems to be minimal compared to the Karate. You can see that some of the time the karate has it's set of the interesting benefits. And it has more movement compared to any other form of martial arts. I can tell you that judo has it's share of shortcomings. But karate requires a lot of effort in due process. I have realized that we have to choose what works good for our health.
Posted by overcast on 11-02-2017
Karate and Judo were very popular when I was in grade school. I remember my older brothers learning the 2 martial arts. And sometimes they even argue which one is better. From what I know, karate is best in distance fighting because its main weapon is the punch and the kick while judo is for close fighting because grappling is its main power. Choosing between the 2, I guess it is karate for me.
Posted by Corzhens on 11-11-2017
Those who practice karate only have to win. The philosophy of this martial art is focused on personal development and the cultivation of a healthy life. It is not about violence, but about striving for balance. And best of all, Karate is recommended for all people, from adults to children, men and women! Karate is aerobic activity, which demands movement of the entire body, from the head to the toes. Who wants to take care of the physical form finds in this practice an excellent option. In training, you work and strengthen upper and lower limbs, gaining muscle definition and improving your fitness.
Posted by hermessantos on 03-05-2018
Based on the movies I watch, I think I prefer Judo as I love to defend myself even without the help of others although it might be risky for me especially I am a girl. I just find it cool learning Judo and Karate also but I would go with Judo since I really find it very cool to learn.
Posted by nekonieden on 04-12-2018
I really like karate and judo because of the learning that each will get from taking them into consideration. I was honestly a fan of martial arts because it is very helpful for us whenever we are in a very hard situation wherein we have to defend ourselves from any people that want to do bad things from us. It really increases one' self confidence and increasing as well as the self stem of a certain individual. It will really give us some advantages if we will just use it in a good way.
Posted by junrose123 on 04-14-2018
Both Karate and Judo are good and effective disciplines and art form. Both are accepted in the whole world as 2 of the most effective and deadly martial arts. Karate is more on open and closed fist fighting and Judo is more on throwing and grappling.

There are some situations that Karate is more effective like when your up against several opponents and there are also some situations on which Judo is more effective like when someone grabs you or close infighting situations. For me a combination of both is the best, but if I have to pick one, then I would have to pick Karate because it has more practical uses than Judo.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 06-27-2018
I think that they are both have their own distinctive approach in their discipline but they are similar in terms of purpose. I was enrolled in a Karate school when i was a kid and i gained lots in terms of skills and personal development.
Posted by fishbate on 07-25-2018
I am a 5th Dan Judo (Godan) & a 2nd Dan ( Nidan) in Karate studying both for 40 years still learning both lol, both are great arts but judo is harder and more effective on the street, you don't see many street fights standing 3/4 feet apart for long punching each other like in the films, is always ends up in a grapple and some times on the floor, close up grappling a judoka would put you on the floor that fast and hard you wouldn't know where it came from and you wouldn't get up , close up judo evert time unless the Karateka gets luck with his punch/ kick right away ( Note there are kicks and punches in Judo ) my advice cross train between both its great to have the understanding for both arts
Posted by Anonymous on 11-30-2018