Judo is a Japanese sport derived from Ju Jitsu which was used by ancient samurai in hand to hand combat. Kodokan Judo was first established in Japan in 1882 by Professor Jigorō Kanō. The term judo translates to the ‘the gentle way’, ‘ju’ meaning ‘gentle’ and ‘dp’ meaning the way’. Kodokan is translated ‘a school for studying the way’, ‘the way’ being the concept of life itself. Judo is best known for its spectacular throwing techniques but also involves grappling on the ground to pin your partner and in senior Judo submissions by armlock or strangle is permitted.
Judo was introduced to the Olympic Games for men in Tokyo in 1964, and became an Olympic sport for women in 1992 in Barcelona. Over the years judo has developed and now millions of people practice judo all over the world. Many countries have won Olympic medals, including Great Britain. The IJF World Championships is another great event and Scotland can boast to have a Gold medal won in 1999 by Graeme Randal MBE who came from Eskbank. Graeme started his Judo at Lasswade and was taught by John Barrington who is still actively coaching and is a regular on the mat at Randori Dojo. Graeme trained and competed alongside Sensei Mark for many years with an array of national and international results between them, Scottish champions, British, commonwealth and European medals but neither managed an Olympic medal, could you??!!!
Judo develops self-discipline and respect for oneself and others. It provides the means of learning self-confidence, improving concentration and leadership skill, as well as developing physical coordination, strength, power, and flexibility. Judo develops complete body control, fine balance, and fast reflexive action. Above all, it develops a sharp reacting mind well-coordinated with the same kind of body. Judo also gives a person an effective self-defence system if the need ever arises. At Randori Judo we encourage positive behaviour and respect to oneself and others whilst practicing judo skills in a fun and safe environment.
Check out the IJF Quick Guide to Judo video bellow by Neil Adams MBE