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History of Judo
Modern Judo has its origins in Jujitsu, a fighting art that can be traced back over a thousand years into Japanese history.  Judo itself, however, has relatively recent beginnings, owing its existence to Dr. Jigoro Kano in the late 1800s.

Until he was 18 years old, Dr. Kano was physically weak.  He resolved to improve himself by studying at two Jujitsu schools.  He soon realized that each school had its strengths and weaknesses.  He believed there was unnecessary roughness and crudeness in the Jujitsu techniques, making it difficult to practice without injury.

Dr. Kano began to reconstruct Jujitsu, taking the good points of Jujitsu and adding his own ideas and founding a new system for “physical culture and mental training.”  He called his new system Kodokan Judo.

The Kodokan (a school for studying the way) was established in 1882.  It rapidly became a popular alternative to Jujitsu, and even established Kodokan Judo’s supremacy over Jujitsu in a tournament in 1886.

Men’s Judo was first included in the Olympic games in 1964 and became a permanent part of the Games in 1972.  In 1992, women’s Judo became a part of the Olympic Games.

Dr. Kano defined the two principles of Kodokan Judo as “Maximum Efficiency with Minimum Effort” and “Mutual Welfare and Benefit.”  He felt that “physical education should train the body to be strong, healthy and useful in actual life and also make a contribution to the culture of the mind.”  His system of Judo is just that.

Caili Snyder Throws Mike Otto with an inside foot sweep.

        Judo is not just for boys, but girls too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Caili Snyder throws Mike Otto with an inside foot sweep.

Participants from the February 2012 Judo test.

Zander Heuer is happy while holding down Ryley Welsh.

Mr. Dave Allen - Judo Head Instructor

Mrs. Eve Allen - Judo Instructor