Is Judo the most useless martial art for self defense? Watch
the only pro I can see is that you can pin someone without hurting them so you wont be as likely to get in trouble if you end up fighting
- Political Ambassador
Is being good at fighting a nice insurance policy in these sorts of situations? Absolutely. But it should not be the first thing in any actual 'defence' situation.
Many of the benefits of fight sports such as Judo/Wrestling/Boxing/Brazilian Jiu Jitsu come from the 'aliveness' of it (as Matt Thornton would put it.) You would become used to pressure testing your skills against resisting opponents. It would help to prepare you for the adrenaline dump of an actual confrontation. With regards to Judo specifically, being dumped with a big throw like Uchimata/Seoi Nage/Osoto Gari is pretty unpleasant on a sprung floor. I can only imagine how horrible it would be on concrete. The point is that Judo is taught primarily as a sport (the majority of the time.) The atemi-waza (striking) is basically not taught to the majority of people so we will ignore that. There are other issues such as you can expose your back and still achieve ippon, which is potentially dangerous if the throw does not damage your opponent massively. The training method is only in the gi/kimono so some people are very reliant on that collar/sleeve grip instead of the wrestling/no gi over/underhooks/collar ties etc. The learning curve for judo is also very, very steep. But is it useless? That's very unlikely. The break-falling skills would be useful if nothing else.
Here is the Matt Thornton video in question: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Le3IUKp0I_o
Here is a good example of judo in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRTsabfMTgs
The gifted internet troll Shen (a legitimate BJJ black belt) explains it quite well here in relation to the street v sport discussion that creeps into so many Brazilian Jiu Jitsu conversations on the internet: http://www.reddit.com/r/bjj/comments...rence_between/