What is Judo?

Judo was created in 1882 by Professor Jigoro Kano. As an educational method derived from the martial arts, judo became an official Olympic sport in 1964. Judo is a highly codified sport in which the mind controls the expression of the body and is a sport which contributes to educating individuals. Beyond competitions and combat, judo involves technical research, practice of Kata, self-defence work, physical preparation, sharpening of spirit. Judo is the way of the highest or most efficient use of both physical and mental energy.

Through training in the attack and defence techniques of judo, the practitioner nurtures their physical and mental strength, and gradually embodies the essence of the way of judo. Thus, the ultimate objective of judo discipline is to be utilized to achieve self-perfection, and henceforth to make a positive contribution to society. As a discipline derived from ancestral traditions, judo was designed by its master founder as an eminently modern and progressive activity.