History of Kodokan Judo

 Judo owes its origin to Dr. Jigoro Kano. In the latter part of the nineteenth century, he sought to  create a means of defense and attack without weapons, consolidating the best features of the many  ju‑jitsu schools in Japan at that time.

 In 1882, Dr. Kano founded the Kodokan in Tokyo for the large-scale teaching of his theories. The  belief that judo was superior to ju‑jitsu was finally proven in 1886 when the Kodokan team trounced  a ju‑jitsu group, winning thirteen of fifteen bouts, and drawing two. From that time on, judo became  more and more popular, and is now a world‑wide sport.

 In simple terms, judo is the principle of using an opponent's strength and movement against  him/herself. A standing  person is inherently unstable because that person's centre of gravity is high. As soon as one starts  to move, the instability  is made worse by the momentum gained in movement. Judo is the scientific art of using a  minimum amount of strength  against those weaknesses to throw the person to the mat. Techniques of strangulation  (until submission) and  immobilization are used in the groundwork The old adage that a small man skilled in judo can  defeat a physically  stronger and larger man is correct. However, when skill is equally developed, weight and strength play  an important part  in the contest.Kodokan judo is taught at clubs affiliated with "JUDO CANADA" and the "Association  Québécoise de JUDO  KODOKAN" (AQJK/JUDO QUP‑BEC). JUDO CANADA and JUDO QUEBEC set high standards for their  members. 

 Canadian tournaments and world championships are held regularly, and contestants are mainly those who have proven  their mettle in local tournaments.