What is Judo?
Judo (Kodokan Judo) was started by Kano Jigoro Shihan (professor) in 1882. He was 22 years old and had just graduated from a university.
Judo was derived from Jujutsu that was a Japanese traditional martial art. Jujutsu is a martial art that uses techniques such as throwing, holding, choking, hitting and kicking to subdue the opponent.
Kano Shihan studied two styles of Jujutsu, Tenjin Shinyo-ryu and Kito-ryu among many Jujutsu schools. Not only learning Jujutsu techniques, he began to think that he was able to develop fine people by indicating the way of living through Jujutsu training.
Finally, he sublimated Jujutsu that was a fighting method into Judo that aims at character-building. His dojo was named Kodokan that means "a school for studying the way", "the way" being the concept of life itself. Then he started to teach Judo there.
Here we introduce two fundamental principles that were established by Kano Shihan.
Seiryoku zenyo and Jita kyoei
Seiryoku zenyo: Maximum-efficiency
Jita kyoei: Mutual welfare and benefit
Kano Shihan hoped that trainees learn through Judo training the way to use their body and mind most efficiently and achieve the perfection of their character and also hoped that they use their ability for the development of the society.
Let's aim at becoming a respectable person by applying the Judo mind to daily living.
Scrolls that contain esoteric techniques of
Tenjin Shinyo Ryu Jujutsu