Benefit of the Original Judo (Junomichi) for children

In Junomichi, children are enabled through self-discovery and self-construction, which contributes to their self-confidence and educational development.

Rather than relying solely on external validation, Junomichi cultivates an environment where children are encouraged to explore their potential and appreciate their own achievements.

Through the guidance of the teacher or professor, children engage in activities that allow them to discover their abilities, set goals, and overcome challenges they create for themselves. They are encouraged to reflect on their progress and appreciate their personal growth. This process of self-discovery nurtures a sense of ownership and self-appreciation for their accomplishments.

In Junomichi, the emphasis is on the individual journey of each child. By taking an active role in their own learning, children develop a strong sense of self-confidence. They learn to trust their instincts, make decisions, and take responsibility for their actions. This self-constructive approach to education cultivates a lifelong love for learning and enables children to become confident, independent thinkers.

Through the enabling environment of Junomichi, children develop a positive self-image, a belief in their own capabilities, and an appreciation for their own achievements. This self-confidence extends beyond the sessions and positively impacts their educational journey and personal growth.

Dr Jigoro Kano established Junomichi, now known as Judo, with the aim of fostering positive qualities within individuals.

He strongly opposed competitive endeavours solely focused on winning medals, as such competitions distorted the essence of Judo.

This perspective can be elucidated from a neurological standpoint.

“Competitions driven by the desire for prizes are backed by various entities such as schools, organizations, and nations. Consequently, participants face mental pressure, driven by the fear of failure and a resultant sense of guilt. This fear prompts heightened brain activity, leading to muscle tension. The body becomes an embodiment of the mind, reflecting the authentic self.

In Judo, ‘Ura’ represents the genuine individual, while ‘Omote’ signifies the external manifestation of this identity. Mental stress erects defensive barriers, forming a protective shield. The body responds by assuming a rounded, defensive posture with tense limbs.

If we subject children to constant tension, we deprive them of the potential for a contented life. The imprint of this tension can generate a life where energy stems from fear and guilt.”