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Judo, literally translated, means "the way of gentleness". Judo had its origins from Jujitsu, which was one of the early martial arts developed in Japan. In Japan, Jujitsu was taught in many different forms depending on the school one attended, or on the instructor.

Dr. Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo, recognized the beneficial aspects of Jujitsu and, in 1882, adapted these techniques, creating an internationally recognized sport, which is today's judo.

Difference between Judo and Karate

Karate is more of an offensive form of martial art, where hitting and kicking are a means of attacking an opponent.

Judo is more of a defensive martial art which utilizes mainly throwing and grappling techniques, where balance, coordination and speed are used to throw or immobilize the opponent.

Who can practice Judo?

Judo is practiced by both men and women. There is no age limit: from 7 to 70.

Is Judo a good form of exercise?

Judo is a complete sport as it uses every part of the body. Self-confidence, coordination and reflexes improve with experience.

Is it necessary to be athletic to learn Judo?

Not at all. Everyone can practice judo. Many people learn judo for the pure pleasure of improving their physical and mental ability.


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