Judo Chop vs Karate Chop

Judo chop vs karate chop

Shuto/knife hand – Illustration from Wikipedia.org

One obviously important debate in the martial arts community is the old ‘judo chop vs karate chop‘ – which one is the scariest and deadliest?

Now, you may perhaps be tempted to be nitpicking and argue that there is no chopping in judo – of which you’re absolutely right – but that’s kind of beside the point…

You see, we’ve all seen the awesome judo chop in countless movies and described in detail on tn Internet thingy … so there!

And you can go even further and be even more sage-like and budo clever, and argue that it is technically a karate technique called shuto, or knifehand striking technique.

Which of course again would be totally correct … and yet again beside the point.

And to take it even further… You may conclude that these chops are basically one and the same. And yeah, you’re probably right this time around also. But do we care about that? No, we don’t.

You see, we martial art maniacs and not-so-concerned-about-technicalities-and-proper-terminology martial artists, all like to think of this as a chop – judo chop, karate chop … heck, even a ninja chop! And out of these scary puppies, there’s probably nothing more mythical and hi-yaa! awesome than the judo chop.

So I suppose we’ll continue doing strange martial arts poses, waving our arms about, chopping air, and discuss which one of these chops are the most lethal in a “real fight”.

Judo chop vs karate chop

Then along comes this old-timer – a 79-year-old no-bull Texan – who apparently favored a karate chop and a punch to the ribs to disarm a rifle-toting intruder, high on bath salt.

A homeowner put his karate skills to use on an armed man who may have been on bath salts when he tried to break into a home, investigators said.
Charles Brian Smith, 38, has been arrested and charged with attempted burglary of a habitation with intent to commit assault.
League City police said Ervin Brittnacher, who lives in the 3000 block McFarland, was asleep when he heard his screen door being torn open and someone beating on the door about 5:45 a.m. Monday.
“I came out there and he was coming in the house,” Brittnacher said.
Brittnacher, 79, opened the door and found Smith holding a rifle, detectives said.
“I thought he was going to jump on me. I know if you don’t get the first lick in, you’re pretty far behind,” Brittnacher said.

Nydailynews.com then picked up on the story with some additional information about the Texas encounter.

One thing is for sure, you definitely don’t want to mess with these old cowboys … in particular the ones from Texas who’s got ‘em krotty skills!

An armed intruder apparently high on bath salts proved to be poor competition for a 79-year-old retired cowboy who defended his home with a “good old” karate chop.
“I figured there’s a whole lot of ways I can do this. And I don’t want to shoot him,” Ervin Brittnacher told KHOU-TV of the night 38-year-old Charles Smith stormed into his hay farm in Galveston County, Tex.
Smith, seemingly disoriented and speaking incoherently, barged into the farmhouse early Monday morning looking for his girlfriend.
“I didn’t know whether to be scared or feel sorry for him,” said Brittnacher, who knocked the intruder off his feet with a swift “chop” to his throat.
The elderly man then punched Smith right below his ribs, a place the Brittnacher says when struck makes you not able to “think good for a good while.”
“And all of a sudden, he decided he didn’t want to do this anymore,” Brittnacher, a member of the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, added.
Once Smith calmed down, Brittnacher let him walk around the farmhouse, adorned with photographs of the 79-year-old’s former bull riding days and guns Brittnacher uses to ward off coyotes.
Police who arrested Smith on the scene said they were surprised by how well Brittnacher handled the situation.
“He was so calm,” League City Police Department Sgt. Tamara Spencer told the Daily News. “He said to me, ‘You know, I used to own a nightclub, and I know it’s not a good idea to talk to a man with a gun, so I just took it from him.'”

‘Judey’ chop, karatey chop and ‘ninjey’ chop – explained

Here’s the Hillbilly Ninja explaining the different chops in style … another awesome cowboy with real martial arts skills.

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Since you know possess the street lethal chopping skills, it is imperative to remind you about the words from the master himself: “Don’t go ninjain’ nobody that don’t need ninjain.”

Judo chop – James Bond style

It goes without saying that the worlds leading spy – 007 – has the game changer chop nailed.

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Judo chop … and bonus judo trip

We can’t leave out the obvious fighting prowess of Austin Powers, now can we? Of course we can’t!

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Pink panther style chop

No one does the judo chop, and assorted mayhem, better than Inspector Clouseau. This is what I call fighting arts; just watch the ‘your fly is undone’ and following knock out trick!

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Here’s the judo chop vs karate chop question to sum it all up. If you were forced to trust in one chop – what would it be? :-)

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3 comments for “Judo Chop vs Karate Chop

  1. Tal S.
    December 6, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Ha, ha, that would be a judo chop for me please – seems easier to pull off … at least in the movies :)

  2. kermit
    December 7, 2012 at 4:22 am


    I think my introduction to Asian fighting arts was watching Frank Sinatra in “The Manchurian Candidate”. YouTube has the fight scene; pretty good moves, actually, if a little slow. Almost as though they were executed by actors who only learned them for the camera. A pretty entusiastic chest chop (?!), and a very impressive coffee table chop. Alas, the arts are unspecified. I don’t think they were doing judo…

    I’d have to go with the coffee table chop as my favorite; it’s the earliest memory I have of any kind of martial technique, and it stuck with me for fifty years.


    • December 7, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      OooH! Excellent example Kermit! That coffee table chop is totally awesome! Gotta see that movie some day :-)

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