The Art of Throwing
Judo is Japanese for “the gentle way” and emphasizes winning in combat by using your opponent’s weight and strength as weapons against them, while preserving your own mental and physical energy. It embodies the principle that good technique can win out over sheer strength.
Judo was founded in 1882 by Dr. Jigoro Kano. It is a refinement of the ancient martial art of Jiujitsu. Dr Kano 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 martial art that does NOT involve punching or kicking. It encompasses dynamic throws and submission techniques and can be practiced by almost everyone. Judo is a sport, an art, a discipline, a way to increase fitness, a means of self-defense and a way of life.
Judo is an Olympic sport practiced by millions of people throughout the world. People practice judo to excel in competition, stay in shape, develop self-confidence, learn self-defense and for many other reasons.... but most of all, people do Judo because its fun!