What is Judo?

Judo is a martial art, a physical an mental discipline, and an Olympic
sport. Judo was founded in 1882, in Japan, by Professor Jigoro Kano. He envisioned Judo as a way of becoming physically and mentally fit through disciplined training. Judo is composed of a combination of techniques from various martial arts that Professor Kano had mastered and is designed so that it could be practiced by all ages, both male and female. Judo is safe and does not involve any kicking or striking techniques. It is an excellent activity to increase physical fitness, self-esteem and self-defense.

The philosophy of Judo has two underlying principles: Maximum Efficiency with Minimum Effort and Mutual Welfare and Benefit. "Maximum efficiency with minimum effort", became the means of attaining "mutual welfare and benefit". An example would be winning over a foe of any size by giving way. In other words by not fighting your opponent's strength you can use it to your advantage. In this manner, little energy is used, yet the opponent is subdued. Judo also is a method of training for the mind and body to be used throughout one's life and daily affairs. Mutual welfare and benefits is the ultimate end, and maximum efficiency is the means to attain that end.

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