In 1882, Dr. Jigoro Kano (The Father of Judo) made a comprehensive study of the ancient self-defence forms and integrated the best of these forms into a sport known as Judo (meaning "gentle way"). The categorization of Judo was completed around 1887 with three broad aims: physical education, contest proficiency, and mental training. The literal translation of judo is the “gentle way”. It incorporates a variety of throwing and groundwork techniques to ultimately score an ‘ippon’, a full point. This ‘ippon’ can be gained by either a forceful throw or a submission, either gained from pinning your opponent to the ground or by a choke or armlock.
In 1964 Judo became an official event in the Olympic Games of Tokyo, backed by Judo fans and sports promoters all over the world. Since judo is one of the very few martial arts with one unified national body we are proud to say we are the only martial art of our university able to compete at an Olympic level.
Why choose Judo?
Judo is a sport for anyone regardless of your fitness level or your shape and size. In Judo different sizes have their own advantages, from short to tall and small to large. Just a quick search will show you the greats of all shapes and sizes, from the +100Kg 6’ 8 inch Teddy Riner, to the 57Kg 5’ 3 inch Kaori Matsumoto. Judo relies not on brute strength, but on the efficient re-direction of momentum. Why push against someone when you can just move out of the way and trip him up?
We are a very friendly club with a strong social aspect. Along with our regular training sessions, we will have a link with our local sister club AYAC Judo whilst competitions are also held throughout the year in various locations and for all ages and levels. There are university competitions such as the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competition) as well as many local area competitions for all skill levels, including those new to the sport.
If you don’t want to grade or compete, no problem! Judo is still a great way to have fun and keep fit.
We welcome all levels and the easiest way to discover your new sport is to come along and try it. Just wear loose, comfortable clothing and come to a session. Beginners are welcome all year round!