Judo, the martial art founded by Dr. Jigoro Kano, extends beyond the application of techniques.
Dr. Kano envisioned Judo as a pathway to personal growth, self-improvement, and the cultivation of mutual respect and cooperation.
By working on the principles of Judo, practitioners walks along on a journey that transcends mentally and physicality, in order to build up harmony and balance in all aspects of life.
Understanding the Principles
At the heart of Judo lie two fundamental principles:
1 – “maximum efficiency with minimum effort” (Seiryoku Zenyo)
2 – “mutual benefit and welfare” (Jita Kyoei).
These principles guide practitioners to seek the most efficient and effective ways to achieve their goals, while also considering the well-being and benefit of both themselves and their partners.
While techniques form an integral part of Judo, they are merely tools to comprehend and apply the underlying principles of the art.
Dr. Kano emphasised that the true essence of Judo lies in understanding and embodying these principles, rather than focusing solely on technique. Techniques serve are then just tools to develop physical abilities, mental acuity, and moral character within these 2 principles.
Judo offers a holistic approach to personal development.
Through dedicated practice, the physical strength, flexibility, and coordination are the by-effects. The practitioners develops mental discipline, focus, and resilience. The art instils perseverance, respect, and humility, shaping individuals into well-rounded human beings.
In Judo, the spirit of mutual benefit and cooperation prevails over individual championships.
Original Judo encourages practitioners to engage in exchanges, where both participants can grow and learn from one another, by reflecting on what we are. It is through this cooperative mindset that practitioners truly grasp the essence of Judo.
The principles of Judo extend far beyond the walls of the dojo. They have practical applications in daily life, empowering practitioners to navigate challenges with grace, resolve conflicts peacefully, and approach interactions with empathy and understanding.
Judo becomes a way of life, permeating every aspect and fostering a positive impact on relationships, work, and personal well-being.
Dr. Jigoro Kano’s vision for Judo as a means of self-development and mutual benefit continues to resonate today. By embracing the principles of Judo, practitioners embark on a journey of personal growth, embodying the core values of the art in their actions both on and off the mat. Judo becomes a transformative force, shaping individuals into not only skilled martial artists but also compassionate and harmonious members of society.