Selkirk Judo Club

What Is Judo?

Judo was developed by Dr. Jigoro Kano in the early 1880s.  Kano had extensively studied the ancient martial art of jujitsu.  He used this knowledge to develop judo, using some of the jujitsu’s best techniques and eliminating the more dangerous moves.

Dr. Kano first opened the Kodokan school of judo at the Eishoji Temple in Tokyo in 1882.  The original Kodokan had just nine students in its first year, training on 12 mats.  From these humble beginnings, judo has spread throughout the world, gaining millions of participants (judoka).  Judo became an Olympic sport at the Tokyo games in 1964, making it the first martial art to be added to the Games.

Judo is a martial art and a sport.  Judo players learn two types of techniques: throws (nage-waza) and groundwork (katame-waza).  There are more than forty basic throws in judo, as well as countless variations and combinations of throws.  Groundwork includes pinning techniques (immobilizing your opponent on the ground) and, for older students, choke and arm lock techniques.  There is no striking in sport judo. 

Judo can be practiced for sport or for recreation.  Judo training builds fitness, self-discipline and self-confidence.  It trains both the body and the mind.  Judo students can pursue judo for competition, from local and provincial tournaments to the Olympic Games.  Judoka can also practice judo for recreation, to stay in shape, or just for fun.

Judo is the way to use most efficiently one’s mental and physical strength.  By training, one should discipline and cultivate his body and spirit through the practice of techniques for offence and defence, thereby to master the essence of this way.  And, by dint of these means, it is the ultimate goal of Judo to build oneself up to perfection and benefit of the world.   – Dr. Jigoro Kano