What is Judo?

Judo is a modern Japanese martial art, a system of unarmed combat, and now primarily a sport. Judo is not only a training of body and mind, but also a way of human formation. Judo was created in 1882 by Jigoro Kano (嘉納治五郎、1860–1938). He studied old jujutsu, which is martial arts of Samurai, but he, as a pedagogue, decided to eliminate “the most dangerous techniques” and created new “Kano Jiu-Jitsu”, which is now widely known as Judo. The ultimate goal of all judo practitioners is “Seiryoku-Zenyo (精力善用) and Jita-Kyoei (自他共栄)”.

Jigorō Kanō