It was created by Professor Jigoro Kano. The name Judo
was chosen because it means the “gentle or yielding way”. It was introduced into the Olympic Games in 1964 and is practiced by millions of people throughout the world today. It is best known for it’s spectacular throwing techniques but also involves considerable grappling on the ground utilizing specialized pins, control holds, arm locks, and Judo choking techniques. It emphasizes safety, and full physical activity for top conditioning. It is learned on special mats for comfort and safety. Most martial artists also consider a sensei
to be a life-long guide who provides students with physical, mental and even sometimes spiritual training.