What is Judo?
Judo was created by Jigoro Kano in 1882. As the life-and-death need for Jujitsu diminished in the late 1800's, Kano-sensei decided that Jujitsu should be changed to allow sport competition, without the injuries and deaths that happened often when rival Jujitsu schools faced each other in Jujitsu competition. Kano-sensei, using the physics principles of speed, leverage, and balance created this new form of "Jujitsu" and named it Judo (Gentle Way). Rather than rely on mystical beliefs to explain how a technique worked, he studied and applied physics and bio-mechanics to ensure his throws were as efficient as possible. This ideology led to the creation of Jigoro Kano's two maxims of Judo: Maximum Efficiency, and Mutual Welfare and Benefit.
"Maximum Efficiency," in its simplest definition is the idea that if your opponent pushes you backwards, rather than fight against them, you should use their strength and add your own to it. In this way, Kano-sensei taught, a small person can defeat a large person.
"Mutual Welfare and Benefit" embodies the underlying reason Kano-sensei created Judo. In jujitsu, the outcome of any fight ended up with one person able to walk away and the other hurt; or worse. Judo, on the other-hand, was created to allow opponents to compete, determine a winner, and still allow both competitors to walk away healthy, and able to fight again.
Judo was introduced as an Olympic Sport in 1964 and is practiced by millions of people throughout the world today. People practice Judo to excel in competition, to stay in shape, to develop self-confidence, and for many other reasons. But most of all, people do Judo just for the fun of it.
Why You Should Join?
Judo is a family-friendly place to learn Judo, a Japanese martial art using throws and grappling techniques to subdue an opponent. We teach judo as a sport, not just a martial-art. We accept all levels of students, from those who have never heard of Judo, to those who have previously acquired judo rank at another club or school. If you're looking for a fun, year-round sport that the entire family can enjoy, I think you'll find Judo to be the ideal balance in sport, martial-art, and fitness.
We believe in teaching traditional Judo. With that said, we also believe that Judo is a dynamic, changing sport, and thus we teach variations on traditional techniques. We encourage students to adapt throws to fit their body-type and competition style. Additionally, we tailor to students’ interests and support other styles (to include self-defense or styles that complement judo.) In short, whatever Judo tradition you come from, you'll feel at home.
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