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Judo (meaning “gentle way”) was created as a physical, mental and moral pedagogy in Japan, in 1882, by Jigoro Kano . It is generally categorized as a modern martial art which later evolved into a combat and Olympic sport. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, 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. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defenses are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata) and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice (randori). A judo practitioner is called a judoka.

Judo was one of a martial way that could be practiced realistically. Randori (free practice) was a central part of judo pedagogy and shiai (competition) a crucial test of a judoka’s understanding of judo.Safety necessitated some basic innovations that shaped judo’s development. Atemi waza (striking techniques) were entirely limited to kata (prearranged forms) early in judo’s history.


Judo was developed in Japan over 100 years ago by Professor Jigaro Kano the President of the University of Education in Tokyo.Professor Kano was bullied as a young boy and had learned the ancient martial art of jujitsu for his own self-defence. In his professional life, he strongly believed that the physical – as well as mental – development of children was critical to help them grow into healthy, well-rounded adults. He believed that physical education in schools was sorely lacking and believed, through his own experience, that jujitsu could not only develop the body but was also an excellent way of developing mental and moral values. However, he felt that jujitsu techniques were too difficult and dangerous to be used in schools and set about integrating what he considered to be the best of the jujitsu techniques into a gentler system whose goal would be physical fitness for all. And so judo was born.

The word judo consists of two japanese characters – ‘ju’ which means ‘gentle’ and ‘do’ which means ‘the way’.

Judo Benefits

Full body strength-endurance

to be able to last a 5 minute fight using all your muscle let alone lungs


be flexible enough to bend your way in and out of throws and escape pins

Mentally strong

be able to put up with tough sessions as well as training day in and day out everyday


The philosophy and subsequent pedagogy developed for judo became the model for other modern Japanese martial arts that developed from koryū (?, traditional schools).


The purpose of this Judo Association of India site is to promote Judo in India and around the world by educating the general public and Judo students about the various benefits of Judo. Judo can be more than an Olympic sport or a martial art. It is a way of life for many people who practice it. This site allows the learning to continue off the mat, providing a reference tool for students and coaches to gain a more complete understanding of the richness of Judo.

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