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Judo owes its origin to Dr. Jigoro Kano.  In the latter part of the nineteenth century, he sought to create a means of defence 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 ground work.  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 QUÉBEC).  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.



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