If you want to be part of a sport that everyone can do no matter what shape or size, where you can help yourself get fit, active and improve every aspect of your life then judo is for you!
Judo (柔道 jūdō, meaning “gentle way”) was created as a physical, mental and moral pedagogy in Japan, in 1882, by Jigoro Kano (嘉納治五郎). It is generally categorized as a modern martial art which later evolved into a combat and Olympic sport.
Judo uses an opponent’s own force and momentum against them; Judo involves no kicking or punching, the aim is to mentally and physically outwit your opponent using skilful throwing and grappling techniques. Since its inclusion in the 1964 Olympic Games, judo has progressed rapidly and is now a very popular combat sport.
Each lesson is an all over workout and includes exercises that improve cardio vascular, endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility and co-ordination. You will also find that lessons learnt on the mat help you off the mat including increased self-confidence. Judo lays great emphasis on discipline and expects those taking part to show respect for themselves and others.