Mon - Northam Community Centre,Fore St, Northam, Bideford EX39 1AW | Wed - School Gymnasium, Hatchmoor Rd Torrington EX38 8BU | Fri - Village Hall, South Street Dolton EX39 8QS
Judo (柔道 jūdō, meaning "gentle way") was created as a physical, mental and moral pedagogy in Japan, in 1882, by Jigoro Kano (嘉納治五郎).
It is generally categorized as a modern martial art which later evolved into a combat and Olympic sport. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defenses are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata, 形) and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice (randori, 乱取り).
A judo practitioner is called a judoka.
The philosophy and subsequent teaching developed for judo became the model for other modern Japanese martial arts that developed from koryū (古流, traditional schools).
Years training in this style
27 years Black Belt 4th Dan
Years training in Martial Arts
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