| ABOUT JUDO
"Using an opponents strength and aggressions against
Prof. Jigoro Kano
"The aim of Judo is to utilize physical and mental strength
most effectively. Its training is to understand the true meaning
of life through the mental and physical training of attack and
defense. You must develop citizen to society." Professor Jigoro
Kano, Founder of Kodokan Judo
Judo has it origin in the ancient Japanese art of Jujitsu, which
means empty handed defense (without weapons). The object
of Jujitsu was to avoid an enemy's superior strength and then to
use that strength to the enemies disadvantage. The problem with
jujitsu was the fact that it was strictly a combat technique and
a contest could only be decided by the death or crippling of one
of the contestants. Not a good idea!!! In 1882, Dr. Jigoro
Kano, devised a way of making this deadly art of combat into a
sport. He modified or eliminated the most dangerous of the Jujitsu
techniques and created Judo, the gentle way, which could be practiced
for competition or just for good physical conditioning.
Judo is "the gentle way" because its end result is the
accomplishment of a goal with maximum efficiency and minimum effort.
As a sport, Judo includes a code of sportsmanship, a sense of mutual
respect, self confidence and a system of ethical and moral development.
Judo is considered both an art and a science. As an art, Judo helps
one to gain self respect, self confidence and self expression.
As a science, Judo involves a mystery of such basic natural laws
such as gravity, friction, momentum, weight, transmission and the
unity of forces.
Judo has been an Olympic sport for men since the 1964 Tokyo Olympics
and for women since the 1988 Seoul, Korea Olympics.
Kano and Judo are the authors of the original colored belt ranking
system used today by practically every style of martial arts.
Control of balance
Control of ground positioning
Non resistance defense
Manipulation of any joint
Control with a minimum of effort
Three to four second chokes
For more information on the history of Judo
THE NOT SO BRIEF HISTORY OF JUDO
ARTICLES ABOUT JUDO
FOUNDATION OF KODOKAN JUDO AND ITS DEVELOPMENT
By Prof. Jigoro Kano
Interpreted by Yukio Matsumoto
By D. Risei Kano
and the Unification
of Jiujitsu Disciplines by The Kodokan
Written by: Kousuke Nagaki