Judo was developed in Japan by Dr. Jigoro Kana.  The Japanese word Judo means “the gentle way.”

Judo evolved from from a fighting art to now a popular sport.  Judo develops complete body control, fine balance, and fast reflexive action. Above all, it develops a sharp reacting mind well-coordinated with the same kind of body. Judo training gives a person an effective self-defense system if the need arises.

Judo teaches the student how to use throwing techniques, grappling on the ground utilizing specialized pins, control holds, arm locks, and choking techniques to control an attacker.  Skill, technique and timing, rather than the use of brute strength, are the essential ingredients for success in Judo. For example, in Judo classes you may learn how to give way, rather than use force, to overcome a stronger opponent.