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What is Judo?

Campbell River Judo Club

Judo or Jūdō means the “gentle way.” It is a modern martial art created in Japan in 1882 by Kano Jigoro.  Central to Kanō’s vision for jūdō were the principles of seiryoku zen’yō (精力善用?, maximum efficiency, minimum effort) and jita kyōei (自他共栄?, mutual welfare and benefit). Judo is one of the few martial arts that can be practiced full strength. Judo’s focus is on throws, take-down’s, grappling and submissions. Although Judo is a fully featured martial art it is also an Olympic sport and one of the most practiced sports in the world. (excerpted from Wikipedia Judo ).

Men, women, youth, seniors, children, the physically challenged;  Judo is a sport that can be practiced by anyone. We have many Judoka’s in our club who practice only Judo – but we also have athlete’s who practice Judo to improve their Wrestling, Mixed Martial Arts or Brazilian Jui-jitsu.

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