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Meet The Kudo Athlete Keen To Spread The Sporting Word

Kudo is a mixed martial art and has only been in existence since 1981.

An Army athlete is looking to introduce the military to one of the newest sports in existence.

Kudo is a mixed martial art and has only been in existence since 1981.

Also known as Daiko Juku in parts of the world, the sport is considered to be a mix between Kyokushin Karate and Judo.

Captain Ashley Clews-Jones is a General Duties Medical Officer for 3 Medical Regiment and represented Great Britain at the Kudo World Championships in Japan.

He believes the sport of Kudo will only continue on an upward path.

He said: “Kudo is something that is going to become more popular with people in the future. That’s mainly because it is a very practical martial art.

“It’s very realistic but at the same time, it’s got some safety components as well that allow you to practise and also have a nice face on your day job, so to speak.

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Captain Clews-Jones gave our reporter Amy Wiltshire a Kudo lesson.

Capt Clews-Jones is a big supporter of the British Army using Kudo more and advocated more support for the support.

He said: “It’s something that I have a great passion to introduce to the military. I think it is something that our fighting men and women will be really drawn with it.

"I think the British Army has fantastic fighting spirit amongst all people in the world really. I think it is a great way to channel that competitive and slightly aggressive energy into something that is actually really productive.

“It can lead to great things for individuals and also something special for representatives of the British Army.”

Kudo was founded by Takashi Azuma after he suffered frustration with the sport of Kyokushin Karate and is considered a Japanese hybrid martial art.

Azuma, who is the current president of the Kudo International Federation, was concerned that Kyokushin Karate caused too many serious head problems and looked for a safer alternative.

"Kudo is a full-contact martial art," he said.

"It’s quite heavy but at the same time with Karate, most times there are a lot of rules in place.

"Judo is a fabulous sport in its own right but again, there are lots of limitations."

"What Kudo seeks is to allow you to use all fighting ranges of combat. It’s the best safety between efficacy and safety in martial arts.”

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