Judo is many things to different people. It is a sport, an art, a recreational and social activity, a fitness program, a means of self-defense and for many people, a way of life.
Judo originated in Japan in 1882 when Dr. Jigoro Kano established the first school of Judo, the “Kodokan”. Judo is a refinement of the ancient martial art of Jujutsu. Dr. Kano, President of the University of Education in Tokyo, studied these ancient forms and integrated what he considered to be the best of their techniques into what is now the modern sport of Judo.
Judo was introduced into the Olympic Games in 1964 and is practiced by millions of people throughout the world today. People practice Judo for competition, to stay in shape, to develop self-confidence, and for many other reasons. But most of all, people do Judo just for the fun of it. Judo is best known for it's spectacular throwing techniques but also involves considerable grappling on the ground. Judo emphasizes safety, and full physical activity for top conditioning. Judo, which is translated as the "gentle way", teaches the principle of flexibility in the application of technique. This is the flexible or efficient use of balance, leverage, and movement in the performance of Judo throws and other skills. Skill, technique and timing, rather than the use of brute strength, are the essential ingredients for success in Judo.
The principles of Judo, such as "Maximum Efficiency" and "Mutual Welfare and Benefit", can also be used in our dealings with others in life. The ultimate goal in Judo is to develop oneself to the maximum extent possible, always striving for perfection, so that you can contribute something of value to the world.
The Moose Jaw Koseikan Judo Club has been around in various forms since the 1940's. Our club is based entirely on volunteers, and like most of our sister clubs, has no paid coaches. Many members donate their time and expertise to make our club the success it is. Our club is a member of Judo Saskatchewan and Judo Canada, which is recognized by the International Judo Federation as the governing body of Judo in Canada.