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