Judo is a popular Japanese martial art and Olympic sport. Adapted from Jujitsu by Dr Jigoro Kano in 1882. 'Ju' means Gentle and 'Do' means way. Effectively Judo translates into the 'Gentle Way'
In 1910 judo became a recognised sport and was included in the Olympics in 1964.
Judo is primarily a throwing style martial art, however, there are also other ways to win a contest with the use of submissions and ground control. There are many techniques and adaptations within Judo, no matter how experienced, we are always learning as Judoka. Whilst most people practice judo because it is simply a fun social activity that provides a great exercise program, it is also a means to learn self defence. It is about maximum efficiency and mutual welfare and benefit. Maximum efficiency teaches you to use the least amount of strength necessary to throw an opponent with proper technique and timing. Mutual welfare and benefit is to teach you to become a better member of society through participation and study of Judo.
THE JUDO MORAL CODE
Courtesy, Courage, Friendship, Honesty, Honour, Modesty, Respect, Self-Control