Pensacola Judo Training Center leading the area’s martial arts scene

Japan and Judo go hand-in-hand, and some think its low homicide rate is a product of that. Sensei Earl Wright of the Pensacola Judo Training Center certainly thinks so.

In fact, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime showed a .3 homicide rate per 100,000 inhabitants in 2013, the lowest in the world, and Wright believes Judo is behind it all.

In light of the tragic Uvalde Elementary shooting and many others like it spanning the country, Wright is calling for more of the US population to get involved with this self-protection sport. As of now, only an estimated 100,000 US citizens practice Judo.

He persists that not only does it give individuals security in the face of violent threats, but training this focus-reliant art leads to a strong mental state. It is widely thought that one of the biggest benefits of the sport is the heightened sense of calmness it brings to its participants, leading to improved decision-making, inner peace and confidence.

Sensei Earl Wright watches over his students as they practice their technique during a workout at the Ellyson Industrial Park DoJo on Friday, June 10, 2022.

“It gives an individual an opportunity to not only get their body physically fit but their mental fit while working with others, sharing a mutual benefit of maximum efficiency,” Wright said. “That maximum efficiency will carry on through the rest of their life whether it will be business, education, social affairs, so on and so forth. The ultimate goal of Judo is to build better character for society.”

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