Student or Learner
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?
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.
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 15:04.
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.
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.
Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 04-Aug-2012 at 15:54.
Judoist and karate player