Monday, 28 January 2008

柔道 – róu dào – Judo

The first character we are going to learn today is 柔, róu which means soft or yielding.

The second character is one that we have met before in the word 跆拳道, tái quán dào or Taekwondo. The character is 道, dào which means way.

Together these characters mean the soft or yielding way of way of fighting. In Judo the aim is to use your opponent’s strength against him.

róu is pronounced j-row, with a 2nd or rising tone.

dào is pronounced to rhyme with ow, with a 4th or falling tone.