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What is Judo?

Judo has a wide range of appeal as a sport, an art, a discipline, a recreational pastime, a social activity, a fitness program, a means of self-defense, and a way of life.


One of the distinguishing aspects of judo is how its basic values and principles translate into a way of life. What is learned on the mat through hard judo training transfers at home, at school, at work or at play.

These values include:

  • playing by the rules

  • co-operating with others

  • respecting self and others

  • self-discipline and humility

  • self-confidence and commitment

  • perseverance and determination

  • concentrating and controlling emotions

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