Jigorō Kanō, founder of Judo

Judo is a Japanese sport and Kodokan judo was first established in Japan in 1882 by Professor Jigorō Kanō. The term judo translates to ‘the gentle way’, ‘ju’ meaning ‘gentle’ and ‘do’ meaning ‘the way’. Kodokan is translated ‘a school for studying the way’, ‘the way’ being the concept of life itself.

Judo Moral Code: Politeness, Courage, Sincerity, Self-Control, Honour, Modesty, Friendship, Respect

In Judo we learn to throw each other (Tachiwaza) in a controlled and safe way which leads into groundwork (Newaza) where we learn turn overs and hold downs. At senior level we also learn how to gain a submission.

The place where judo training occurs is called a ‘dojo’, which literally means a ‘place to learn the way’.  The traditional dojo is floored with mats called ‘tatami’.  The dojo is not just a place to come and learn about the technical aspects of judo – it is a place to learn about the way of judo.

Judo players wear a special outfit called a ‘judogi’.  The judogi is made of cotton material, and consists of a jacket, trousers and a belt. The colour of the belt signifies the ‘grade’ or the experience of the player.


Judo is the second most practiced sport in the World second to football

More people practice Judo in France than in Japan

Judo along with other grappling martial arts is the most taught sport to the Visually Impared

Judo is a Sport and a Martial Art and is a core sport in the Commonwealth and Olympic Games

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