"The Gentle Way"


Judo, which translates to "The Gentle Way", is a Japanese martial art based upon the ancient techniques of jujutsu.  Dr. Jigoro Kano developed the art of judo in 1882.

The main principles of Judo are "Maximum Efficiency with Minimum Effort" and "Mutual Welfare and Benefit."  

maximum efficiency with minimum effort: with proper technique and timing, use the least amount of physical strength necessary to overcome your opponent.  

mutual welfare and benefit: Dr. Kano believed  that Judo could help the individual become a better member of society by extending the discipline that Judo taught beyond the dojo and into daily life.


In 1964, Judo became the first martial art to be sanctioned as a medal sport in the Olympic Games. 


10 December 1860 – 4 May 1938

Japanese educator, athlete, and the founder of Judo. Dr. Kano founded the Kodokan in Tokyo, Japan

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