Well if you know that japan has a Sake tasting dispensing machine (from last week’s Fact of the Week) but, did you know that there is such a thing called Judo?! You don’t? Well, let’s get right into it.
Judo is a martial art that was created as a physical, mental and moral pedagogy in Japan in 1882, by Jigoro Kano. Judo was originally a form of jujitsu. When the era of samurai rule came to an end with the Meiji Restoration of 1868, and Western culture began filtering in into Japanese society. Jujitsu fell into decline. That’s where the founder of judo, Jigoro Kano comes in.
He became an apprentice of Yanosuke Fukuda, a master of the Tenjin Shin’yo school of jujitsu, when he was 17 and worked to become stronger. In May 1882, when he was just 21 years old, he took the best things about each jujitsu style and created a single new school. This was the birth of modern judo.
Judo is Simple and Basic
Many of the techniques of judo originated from arts that were designed to hurt or kills opponents but it was modified so that judo students can practice and apply these techniques safely and without hurting opponents.
Judo simply involves two individuals who, by gripping the judo uniform or judogi, use the forces of balance, power, and movement to attempt to subdue each other, which makes it simple and basic.
Having said that, Judo is very complex and mastery of even the most basic of judo techniques that often take considerable time, effort, and energy, involving rigorous physical and mental training.
One of a few Judo’s techniques
- As Judo is now known internationally. World Judo Day is on the 28th of October every year, which is Jigoro Kano’s Birthday. Objective? Spread Global Awareness.
- The international governing body for judo is the International Judo Federation (IJF), founded in 1951.
- It is an amazing martial art for physically or visually challenged
- More people practice Judo in France than Japan
Interested in Judo? Fret not! There’s a Judo CCA in Temasek Poly!
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