What is Judo?
Judo is many things to different people. It is a fun sport, an art, a discipline, a recreational or social activity, a fitness program, a means of self-defence or combat, and a way of life. It is all of these and more.
Where does judo come from?
Kodokan Judo comes to us from the fighting system of feudal Japan. Founded in 1882 by Dr. Jigoro Kano, Judo is a refinement of the ancient martial art of Jujutsu. Dr. Kano, President of the University of Education, Tokyo, studied these ancient forms and integrated what he considered to be the best of their techniques into what is now the modern sport of Judo. Judo was introduced into the Olympic Games in 1964 and is practiced by millions of people throughout the world today.
Why practise judo?
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.
How will judo benefit me?
Judo develops self-discipline and respect for oneself and others. Judo provides the means for learning self-confidence, concentration, and leadership skills, as well as physical coordination, power, and flexibility. As a sport that has evolved from a fighting art, it develops complete body control, fine balance, and fast reflexive action. Above all, it develops a sharp, proactive and reactive mind that is well co-ordinated with the same kind of body. Judo training gives a person an effective self-defence system if the need arises.
What Ages Can Play Judo?
Judo is unique in that all age groups, both sexes, and most disabled persons can participate together in learning and practising the sport. Judo is an inexpensive, year-round activity that appeals to people from all walks of life, from children aged 5 and over, to energetic teenagers to (sometimes not so energetic) adults including many people over sixty.
What should I wear?
Judo suits (Judogi) would be best. However, if this is your first time trying judo, a tracksuit or jogging trousers will be fine so long as they have no zips or rivets, or gis from other martial arts can be worn initially … although either will need to be replaced at a later stage. We have a supply of loan suits that you can use on the day. Please note that jewellery should not be worn.
How do I buy a judogi (suit)?
Look in the Shop or speak to the senseis who can arrange any judo suits or equipment through club accounts that offer discounts off the RRP.