Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 28
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Japanese
      • Home Country:
      • Japan
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Jan 2008
    • Posts: 545
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    how to refer to someone who practices judo or karate

    Dear all,

    I would like to ask how do you normally refer to someone who practices judo.

    a judo player? a judo athlete? a judo person? a judo wrestler? Or something else?

    Thank you!

    OP

  1. Chicken Sandwich's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Netherlands

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 1,458
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: how to refer to someone who practices judo or karate

    NOT A TEACHER

    A karate practitioner is called a karateka (空手家?).

    Karate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    A practitioner of Judo is known as a Judoka (柔道家 jūdōka?, Judo practitioner), though traditionally only those of 4th dan or higher were called "Judoka".

    Judo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  2. Barb_D's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 18,884
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: how to refer to someone who practices judo or karate

    However, I have never heard either of those in real life. I know more people who do karate than I do judo, so maybe that is used, but I think I've only ever heard "she does karate" or something similar.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

  3. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,135
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: how to refer to someone who practices judo or karate

    My son did judo enthusastically for fourteen years, reaching 2nd dan level. Like the people Barb knows, he only ever 'did judo'. I never heard him refer to himself or any of his colleagues as 'judoka'.
    Last edited by 5jj; 04-Aug-2012 at 16:04.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • German
      • Home Country:
      • Germany
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Feb 2007
    • Posts: 177
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    Re: how to refer to someone who practices judo or karate

    Not a teacher!

    As judo and karate both originate in Japan it is probably best to use the Japanese expressions as already posted by Chicken Sandwich.

    But since both fighting sports are often referred to as martial arts maybe it is not entirely wrong to call a practitioner of these sports a martial artist - if one really wanted to use an English expression.

    TomUK

  4. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,135
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #6

    Re: how to refer to someone who practices judo or karate

    Quote Originally Posted by TomUK View Post
    As judo and karate both originate in Japan it is probably best to use the Japanese expressions as already posted by Chicken Sandwich.
    I see little point in using these expressions if people who actually take part don't use them.

  5. Reemy's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Jordan
      • Current Location:
      • Jordan

    • Join Date: Dec 2004
    • Posts: 311
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #7

    Re: how to refer to someone who practices judo or karate

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Dear all,

    I would like to ask how do you normally refer to someone who practices judo.

    a judo player? a judo athlete? a judo person? a judo wrestler? Or something else?

    Thank you!

    OP
    "Judoka is the traditional Japanese word, but here and now, they are judo players." See article below..

    Taking hold of judo Stressing competition, local club has turned Japanese art on its ear - Chicago Sun-Times | HighBeam Research

  6. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,135
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #8

    Re: how to refer to someone who practices judo or karate

    I don't think that's widely used. There are only six citations for 'judo player(s)' in COCA - and Steve Cohen's sentence is one of them.

  7. Chicken Sandwich's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Netherlands

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 1,458
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #9

    Re: how to refer to someone who practices judo or karate

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I see little point in using these expressions if people who actually take part don't use them.
    I agree that "judoka" is not a word that is often used in casual judo circles (I also did judo many moons ago, though not in an English-speaking country), but I have heard and seen it used on the news and on news websites when referring to professional judo practioners.
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 04-Aug-2012 at 16:54.

  8. winnie22's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Turkish
      • Home Country:
      • Turkey
      • Current Location:
      • Turkey

    • Join Date: Jul 2012
    • Posts: 67
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #10

    Re: how to refer to someone who practices judo or karate

    Judoist and karate player

Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. With daily practice / practices on her violin...
    By Tan Elaine in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 31-May-2012, 21:50
  2. two practices = two hospitals?
    By NewHopeR in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 27-Jan-2012, 15:34
  3. What is `minimum standards of banking practices'
    By viet_ghat in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 16-Jan-2007, 18:01
  4. Activities/practices, save/protect
    By Abusaad in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 15-Dec-2004, 07:24

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •