Judo was founded in 1882 by Professor Jigoro KANO. Professor Kano had studied martial arts as a youth in order to build his health which had deteriorated due to childhood illness. He studied and became proficient at several forms of Jujitsu. As an adult he decided that it would be in the national good to spread the benefits of the martial arts to everybody. However, he found the then current styles to be lacking in several aspects, not the least of which was the mortality rate. So he took it upon himself to create a system which consolidated the good points of the contemporary systems into one art, that by its nature stressed the goals of the improvement of body, mind and character.
Today, Judo is an Olympic sport enjoyed around the world by all ages and both sexes. While stressing the sporting nature of Judo, the style still retains the techniques and training that makes it ideal for self defence.
JUDO & AIKIDO SAFETY
All students should wear some sort of footwear to the mat. (NO SHOES ON THE MAT) Dirty feet create a dirty mat which is very unhygenic. All jewellery should be left at home and not worn on the mat area. Earrings and wedding rings are especially vulnerable to being caught on Judo/Aikido Gi, and anyone who cannot remove them should cover them with surgical tape. Long fingernails/ toenails are an unacceptable risk in a full contact sport, please ensure they are kept trimmed.
This is for the protection of everyone on the mat and there will be no exceptions.
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