Kano with other leaders from Judo and Jujutsu

Jigoro Kano - Founder of Judo

Judo is derived from Jujutsu. It was created by Professor Jigoro Kano who was born in Japan on October 28th 1860 and who died May 4th 1938 after a lifetime of promoting Judo. Mastering several styles of Jujutsu including Kito-Ryu and Tenjin-Shino Ryu in his youth he began to develop his own system based on modern sports principles. In 1882 he founded the Kodokan Judo Institute in Tokyo where he began teaching and which still is the International authority for Judo. 

The name Judo was chosen because it means the 'gentle way'. 

Kano emphasized the larger educational value of training in attack

and defence so that it could be a path or way of life that all people

could participate in and benefit from. He eliminated some of the

traditional Jujutsu techniques and changed training methods so

that most of the moves could be done with full force to create a

decisive victory without injury. The popularity of judo increased 

dramatically after a famous contest hosted by the Tokyo Police in 1886 where the Judo team defeated the most well-known Jujutsu school of the time. It then became a part of the Japanese physical education system and began it's spread around the world. Dr Kano, President of the University of Education, Tokyo, dedicated his life, studied these ancient martial art of Jujutsu and integrated what he considered to be the best of their techniques into what is now the modern sport of Judo.

Judo is many things to different people. It is a fun sport, an art, a discipline,a recreational or social activity, a fitness programme, a means of self-defence or combat, and a way of life.

It is all of these and more. 

Judo was introduced into the Olympic games in 1964 and is practiced by millions of people throughout the world today. People practice to excel in competition, to stay in shape, to develop self confidence, and for many other reasons.

Most of all, people do 

Judo just for the fun of it.

About Judo