• Frequently Asked Questions about Judo

    • What is the English translation or the meaning of the word Judo?

      Gentle Way

    • What is the purpose in learning Judo?

      The development of character, mind, and body so that one can contribute something of value to the world.

    • What are the other main principles in learning Judo?

      The principle of cooperation (jita kyoei), working for mutual welfare and benefit. The principle of maximum efficiency (seiryoku zenyo), using the least amount of effort to achieve the greatest results.

    • Where did Judo come from?

      Modern Judo is a martial art based on the traditional Jujutsu fighting and self-defense techniques of Japan.

    • What is the difference between Judo and jujutsu?

      Judo is the modern scientific application of selected jujutsu techniques that may be practiced for self-development, physical education and sport. Jujutsu retains more dangerous self defense techniques, while Judo can generally be practiced with full force and complete safety. 

    • When and where did Judo begin?

      Judo was first officially taught at the Kodokan Judo Institute in Tokyo, Japan in 1882.

    • Who created Judo?

      The father of Judo is Professor Jigoro Kano (1860-1938). He studied jujutsu at an early age and founded the Kodokan to teach the art of Judo.

    • What is kuzushi?

      Kuzushi is breaking the balance of an opponent

    • What is tori and uke?

      Tori is the person executing a technique such as a throw, while uke is the person receiving the technique.

    • When did Judo become an Olympic sport?

      Judo, the first Asian martial art to become an Olympic medal sport, has been an official Olympic event for men since 1964. Olympic Judo competition for women was added in 1988.

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