Judo is a full contact martial art that originated from Japan. The object is to throw or takedown your opponent to the ground, immobilize them with a grapple or to force an opponent to submit by joint locking, strangle hold or choke. Unlike many other forms of combat the aim of judo is to avoid the strength of the opponents and use that strength against them. Like other martial arts, judo uses a ranking system that is shown by colored belts worn with white uniforms. Let’s take a look at who invented this popular martial art.
Who invented Judo?
Judo was created by Jigoro Kano who decided to learn Jujutsu after the bullying he encountered at school. He studied under many jujutsu masters and learned that many types and techniques of this ancient martial art. He modified these techniques and eliminated the most dangerous manoeuvres to create the a modern martial art that he called Judo. He believed that Judo could facilitate self-improvement and be a benefit to society. It grew in popularity relatively quickly and today has spread around the entire globe.
Did you know?
Judo was made an Olympic sport in 1964 for men and 1992 for women. There are currently 7 weight classes for both the men’s and women’s competition.
A translation of Judo is “the gentle way,” which relates to the principles of Judo created by Kano. These principles are “maximum efficiency with minimum effort” and “mutual welfare and benefit.”