Judo means "the gentle way," though the martial art an intense physical sport and an effective means of self-defense.
Judo techniques include, throws, falls and grappling moves. Mastering judo requires vigorous physical training and mental discipline.
Judo benefits people in multiple physical ways, including:
Developing physical fitness
Growth in strength and flexibility
Increased speed and agility
Good static and dynamic balance
Improved reaction time
Beyond the physical, Judo students learn:
To control their feelings, emotions, and impulses
How to show courage in the face of pressure or fear
The dojo community helps build meaningful relationships with others
Some Quotes from Kano Jigoro, judo's founder that speak to the value of the practice of judo:
Judo should be free as art and science from any external influences, political, national, racial, and financial or any other organized interest. And all things connected with it should be directed to its ultimate object, the "Benefit of Humanity". Human sacrifice is a matter of ancient history.
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