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Where does judo come from?
Kodokan Judo was formed from the fighting system of feudal Japan. Founded in 1882 by Dr. Jigoro Kano, Judo is a refinement of the ancient martial art of Jujutsu.

Dr. Kano, President of the University of Education, Tokyo, studied these ancient forms and integrated what he considered to be the best of their techniques into what is now the modern sport of Judo.

Judo was introduced into the Olympic Games in 1964 and is practised by millions of people throughout the world. People practice Judo to excel in competition, to stay in shape, to develop self-confidence, and for many other reasons. But most of all, people do Judo just for the fun of it.

Judo is many things to different people. It is a fun sport, an art, a discipline, a recreational or social activity, a fitness program, a means of self-defense or combat, and a way of life. It is all of these and more at nokémono.

What is Judo?

Judo is a Japanese martial art that originated in the late nineteenth century.
It means "gentle way".

The object of Judo is to either throw an opponent to the ground, immobilise or otherwise subdue them with a grappling manoeuvre, or force an opponent to submit by arm locking or applying a choke or strangle.

In Judo, there are two main types of combat: Standing (tachi-waza) and ground (ne-waza). Each type of combat requires its own techniques. Special training is also devoted to "transitional" techniques to bridge the gap between standing and being on the ground.

Judo's balance between both the standing and ground phases of combat gives players the ability to take down opponents who are standing and then pin them on the ground or get them to submit via arm lock or strangle. This practice has made Judo a popular choice of martial art and combat sport.

Why take up Judo?

Judo is a fantastic physical and mental work out. On the physical side, Judo training develops muscles and improves cardiovascular fitness as well as core stability and increased energy. On the psychological side, Judo training helps develop strategy and reaction time as well as teaching discipline and improving confidence.

Do I have to be physically strong and fit to do Judo?

No not at all, many of our new students are new to sport in general and have little physical activity in their daily lifestyle. Ultimately regular visitors to the club will develop the stamina and fitness required to excel in the sport as part of the training programme.

Why do I need a Judo licence?

Put simply, yes, your Judo licence is your insurance against injury and the official record book for any gradings in which you partake. It's good to remember that although injuries are rare, Judo is a contact sport.
BJA Rules: No Licence, No Judo.

Doesn’t it hurt when you get thrown in Judo?

One of the first things you will be taught in Judo is how to do what is called a “Break Fall” (Ukemi). This is a way of falling that deflects the impact of the throw. You are also landing on a padded Judo mat about 4cm thick which absorbs a lot of the force. Also if we are practising a lot of throws or working on new techniques with new people, we can use a crash mat.

Important note: When being thrown it's important to relax and don't tense up!
The impact of the fall is transmitted through tense muscle far easier than when your relaxed

However, you must remember that Judo is a full contact martial art. While serious injuries are extremely rare, you may occasionally pick up the odd minor bruise or scuff while training.

What do I need to wear to do Judo?

To do Judo, you wear what is called a Judogi. This consists of a tough jacket and trousers with a belt (Obi). We have spare sets that you can borrow to get you started and if you decide that you like Judo and want to keep coming, then we can supply you with a Judogi. And because we want to make our sport as affordable as possible you can buy Judogi's cheaper from us than anywhere else – we pass down negotiated discounts from our suppliers to our students.