It has always been my opinion that Judo has reigned supreme in all of the different aspects of styles of martial arts incorporated into the sport now known now as of MMA.
From Jim Bergman to Kieko Fukuda, from Gene Le Bell to George Harris to the godfather of JUDO, Jigoro Kano, to the lesser known judo specialists who loved the sport so dearly like the superb actor , the great late James "Jimmey" Cagney, a certified black belt in the sport of JUDO and the former president of the United States, Mr "Teddy" Theodore Roosevelt.
These are the guy's , the men, who helped shape this great and wonderful, mostly and usually under appreciated martial art to become one of the most reliable , "if taught right" best and most effective form of self defense in the world.
" The gentile way" is anything but in the heat of passion as it has always been the art of defense, yet a Judo slam done with precision is meant with all intentions to incapacitate it's victims. Rarely on a hard surface would you see a victim of a judo throw bounce back up with the brim and vigor of a fifteen year old ready to keep on trucking.
From Gerald Russ Conkle to Patrick Burris, to Kyuzo Mifune to Phil Porter the names are endless yet art is the same , a arguable lesson in beautiful ,deceptive violence, masqueraded in a ball of self defense.
Classic ju jitsu, Akiedo, Brazilian Ju Jitsu, Wrestling and many other self defense arts owe there heritage to this revered form of martial arts.
I can argue to no end with Mr. Joe Rogan when he claims that the foundation that is the best suited for a fighter to learn is Grecco Roman or Folk style wrestling over any other type of martial art but to me that is a mere choice of Rogan's which I do not disagree with for any style to me done to perfection is just beautiful.
As a purple belt in Judo I am a little biased or I wouldn't have wrote this piece to begin with , but sometimes it's not about the new generation of fighters as much as it is about the old men of Martial Arts.
Lets not forget , AT ONE TIME TEDDY ROOSEVELT ACTUALLY HAD A WHOLE WING OF THE WHITE HOUSE AS A DO-JO FOR HIS JUDO PRACTICING.
Now how cool is that!