JUDO - THE WAY OF GENTLENESS
Judo has its origins in the hand to hand combat of Jujitsu in feudal Japan. Founded in 1882 by Dr. Jigoro Kano, as a refinement of the ancient martial art of Jujutsu. Dr. Kano, President of the University of Education, Tokyo, studied these ancient forms and integrated what he considered to be the best of their techniques into what is now the modern sport of Judo. The Kodokan Judo institute founded by Dr. Kano is still the governing body of Judo today. It was introduced into the Olympic Games in 1964 and is now practiced by millions of people throughout the world. Judo is practiced for competition, physical fitness, self-confidence, and for many other reasons. But mostly, just for the pure "fun of it".
Judo is best known for it's throwing and grappling techniques on special mats for comfort and safety. The spectacular throwing techniques, pins, control holds, arm locks, and Judo choking techniques emphasize safety and conditioning. As a sport, Judo has evolved from a fighting art into an art that develops body control, balance, and fast reflexive action. Above all, it develops a sharp mind and body coordination.
"Remember also that all martial arts are defensive. In karate, every kata starts with a block; in aikido, someone has to attack you to make the technique work, in judo, someone has to take hold of you or attack you. If a 10th degree black belt in judo and a 10th degree black belt in karate squared off to duel and all variables were equal, (such as age and weight), who would win? Some would say "karate," others would say "judo." But whoever said one or the other does not understand what I am trying to explain. The correct answer is simple: no one would win. There would not be a fight: if all things were equal, neither man would attack. If one did attack in such circumstances, he would surely lose, for the attack would create a weakness in the art.".....Sensei Darrell Craig