A sport of unarmed combat derived from jujitsu and intended to train the body and mind. It involves using holds and leverage to unbalance the opponent, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke.
Students of our Judo classes are promised solid instruction and superb technique by masters of the sport. All classes begin with a warm-up and sport specific conditioning progressing into technical drilling set ups building a solid base of Judo take down finishes. A great course for anyone looking to begin or advance their journey in the art of Judo.
Judo is derived from Jujutsu. It was created by Professor Jigoro Kano who was born in Japan on October 28,1860 and who died May 4, 1938 after a lifetime of promoting Judo. Mastering several styles of jujutsu including Kito-Ryu and Tenjin-shinyo Ryu in his youth he began to develop his own system based on modern sports principles. In 1882 he founded the Kodokan Judo Institution in Tokyo where he began teaching and which still the international authority for Judo.
The name Judo was chosen because it means the gentle or yielding way,. Kano emphasized the larger educational value of training in attack and defense 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 f the Japanese physical education system and began its spread around the world.