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Judo, the gentle way
  1. Nikos Malliaropoulos1,2,
  2. Mike Callan3,
  3. Babette Pluim4
  1. 1ECOSEP, 34 G. Seferi Street, Thessaloniki 54250, Greece
  2. 2Thessaloniki Sports Medicine Clinic, 14 Asklipiou, Thessaloniki 54260, Greece
  3. 3Judospace Educational Institute, Bath, UK
  4. 4Department of Sports Medicine, Royal Netherlands Lawn Tennis Association, Amersfoort, The Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to Dr Nikos Malliaropoulos, ECOSEP G. Seferi Street, Thessaloniki 54250, Greece; contact{at}

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The history of judo

Judo (‘the gentle way’) originated as an offshoot of jujitsu and was developed by Professor Jigoro Kano (1860–1938) in Japan. It was originally called Kodokan Judo by Kano and the martial art was always intended to be more than just a sport. The three fundamental tenets of judo are described as: physical education, contest proficiency and mental training with the ultimate goal of making the individual a value to society.1 The first Olympic judo competition took place in 1964 at the Tokyo Olympic Games and the sport is now recognised in 201 countries worldwide. Very little has changed since judo was invented in 1888, apart from the introduction of weight categories and the extension of the sport to include the participation of children.

Judo and personal development

Judo students are encouraged to play a positive role …

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  • Contributors NK, MC and BP have contributed significantly towards writing the manuscript. All the authors approved the final version of manuscript to be published.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.