History of the Martial Art

Judo, derived from jujutsu, was created in Japan by Jigoro Kano in 1882 before becoming an Olympic discipline in 1964 in Tokyo.

Judo is readily described as an Olympic sport, a sport of mental and physical equilibrium, a means of defense and a philosophy of life. Although it is a summary of all this, judo is, however, essentially a form of struggle. It includes various techniques of standing fighting (tachiwaza) and fighting on the ground (newaza). Standing, the goal is to project the opponent. On the ground, the goal is to immobilize it or to force it to give up on choke or arm wrench. One can say of judo that it is the art of projecting his opponent and submitting it without harming his integrity.

Innovation, creation, links... in constant evolution, judo is full of riches. Over the past thirty years, this Japanese martial discipline has seen tremendous growth. More than 10 million people around the world are now involved in this exciting discipline. This makes judo the most popular Japanese martial arts. It can be practiced regardless of age, sex and morphology.

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