The Japanese word “Judo” literally means the “gentle way”, created in 1882 by Professor Jigoro Kano. It is a sport, an art, a discipline, a recreational pastime, a social activity, a fitness program, a means of self-defense, and a way of life.
Balance, timing, strategy and tactics are essential characteristics of this sport and art. The objective in Judo is to apply these principles to the many throwing and grappling techniques.
Judo is a fun and high-energy activity as well as a relaxing and calming exercise enjoyed by people of all ages. The various movements and techniques can be learned with games and are perfected through practice with a partner.
Judo was introduced into the Olympic Games in 1964 and is practiced by millions of people throughout the world today. Jessica Klimkait, a Ajax Budokan Judo Club member, was the first Canadian woman to win an Olympic medal in judo at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Watch the Quick Guide to Judo from the International Judo Federation