Judo is a modern martial art that was founded in Japan in 1882. The name Judo means "gentle way" and most of the moves can be done with full force without injury.
The objective is to takedown, otherwise subdue or force an opponent to concede. There is a strong emphasis on the educational value of training in attack and defence as a way of life that all people can participate in and benefit from. Judo also seems to be here to stay, it is the second most popular sport in the world!
Did you know?
Judo is a compulsory subject in the Japanese education system but three times as many French people as Japanese practise it!
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3 reasons to get into Judo
Improves concentration and focus and encourages respect
Concentration and Focus are very important in Judo. Remaining focused means no injuries to the student or their classmates. From a distance Judo can look like kids playing or wrestling with each other but they are learning how to control their actions and respect one another.
Builds flexibility and balance
Almost every physical activity becomes easier if your balance and flexibility improves. Judo gets kids twisting and turning in all sorts of weird and wonderful ways and as if by magic their balance and flexibility greatly improves. The further they progress in Judo the better equipped they will be to take on any other sports.
Encourages confidence and self defence
We never want to think of our children feeling threatened or being in trouble but the safest approach is to hope for the best and prepare for the worst. The confidence that children gain from Judo makes them less likely to be bullied and, should they ever find themselves in trouble, Judo teaches them how to control an opponent and defend themselves without attacking or striking.
The true spirit of Judo is nothing but the gentle and diligent free spirit. Judo rests on flexible action of mind and body. Gentleness always overcomes strength.