The judo dojo is a place where students strive to improve themselves — physically, mentally and morally. Judo training can lead to better concentration and alertness, a readiness to take on anything tempered by the wisdom of giving way to a greater force. Along with physical conditioning inherent in training in judo sport and self-defense skills come self-confidence and a desire to fight for what is right. Tolerance, patience and understanding should come with the power to make change. Through arduous training, judo students have the opportunity to gain strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, and control.
To achieve any of the benefits of judo, one must maximize your efforts and work tirelessly to acquire good habits. Persistence and hard work is a virtue that pays off in judo, but this requires commitment.
After praciticing Judo for over 40 years I have rediscovered some of the same key principles that my teachers have instilled in me. They are the sort of things that most students need to be reminded of — not only the benefits of judo training, but the required commitments.
The 10 Commitments:
Judo may become a lifelong commitment but regardless of how long you practice on the mats I encourage you to commit to as many of these as you can.