Judo, which means "The Gentle Way", is a Japanese martial art based upon the ancient techniques of Jujutsu. Dr. Jigoro Kano, incorporated the best of these ancient techniques into the new art of Judo.
Judo is mostly known for its spectacular throwing techniques but it also includes numerous techniques for safely controlling an opponent while on the ground.
The goal of mutual welfare and benefit was an extension of Dr. Kano's belief that Judo could help the individual become a better member of society. Dr. Kano felt that the personal discipline that Judo taught would extend beyond the dojo into daily life and could allow the Judoka to become a more productive member of society.
People practice Judo for many different reasons such as exercise, sport, self-defense, a social activity and for many practitioners Judo becomes a way of life. But if you ask most Judoka why they train Judo, they will say that the practice Judo because it is fun!!
"Judo is the study of techniques with which you may kill if you wish to kill, injure if you wish to injure, subdue if you wish to subdue, and, when attacked, defend yourself."
- Jigoro Kano - Founder of Kodokan Judo