What is Judo
- Written by EJJA
The origin of Japan’s martial arts
The takenouchi-ryu martial art system founded in 1532 is considered the beginning of Japan’s Jujitsu forms. Judo was derived from Jujitsu, the art for either attacking others or defending oneself with nothing but one’s own body.
The Kodokan Judo
In 1882, Dr. Jigoro Kano (The Father of Judo) made a comprehensive study of the ancient self-defence forms and integrated the best of these forms into a sport which is known as Kodokan Judo.
The term Kodokan breaks down into ko (lecture, study, method), do (way or path), and kan (hall or place). Thus it means “a place to study the way”. Similarly judo breaks down into ju (gentle) and do (way or path) or “the gentle way”. More info on IJF.
Judo in Ethiopia
Judo has been practicing in Ethiopia for many years by individuals and every so often in some schools or Martial Arts clubs. Unfortunately there is very limited information on this. Some Ethiopians learned Judo abroad and come back with this knowledge. But there was no Judo Association in Ethiopia until the renaming and reórganaizing of the Ethiopia Ju-Jitsu Association in to Judo & Ju-Jitsu Association.