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About Judo

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Judo is a sport and martial art. Dr Jigoro Kano founded judo in 1882 in Japan. Dr Kano brought together the most effective techniques of the various ju-jitsu styles of the time and identified their underlying principle. Judo emphasises the concept of maximum efficiency and the most efficient use of physical and mental energy.

Judo incorporates throwing, pins, strangles and joint locks. Unlike many martial arts sparing accounts for a very significant proportion of our training. Hence a judoka can easily see if their techniques work against an uncooperative partner. This makes judo a constantly evolving sport with worldwide influences. Novel techniques are occasionally seen at high-level competitions such as the Olympics.

Judo will give you an ideal and enjoyable work out significantly improving, stamina, flexibility, and strength as well as co-ordination and confidence. There is however no minimum fitness level required of those wishing to participate. Furthermore judo techniques are applicable to self-defence especially at close quarters.

Judo, which is translated as the "gentle way", teaches the principle of flexibility in the application of technique. This is the flexible or efficient use of balance, leverage, and movement in the performance of Judo throws and other skills. Skill, technique and timing, rather than the use of brute strength, are the essential ingredients for success in Judo. For example, in Judo classes you may learn how to give way, rather than use force, to overcome a stronger opponent.

Seiryoku zenryo: strive for maximum effect with minimum effort.
Jitta kyoe: strive for mutual welfare and benefit.
Jika no kansei: strive for perfection as a whole person.

The principles of Judo, such as "Maximum Efficiency" and "Mutual Welfare and Benefit", can also be used in our dealings with others in life. The ultimate goal in Judo is to develop oneself to the maximum extent possible, always striving for perfection, so that you can contribute something of value to the world.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 November 2010 12:32