Welcome to USA’s home of Traditional Judo For All
Traditional Kodokan Judo is simply the practice of Kodokan Judo as described in the text “Kodokan Judo” by Prof. Jigoro Kano, without the “overwhelming emphasis” on sport of Judo; studying the history, etiquette, waza and kata of Kodokan Judo and enjoying them for what they are – “The knowledge, skills and a way of life” based on principles taught by its founder, Prof. Kano.
"The Ultimate Goal of Kodokan Judo is the Perfection of Human Character and to Benefit the World.”
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The event is jointly organized by the Federation of Traditional Judo of Italy (FIJT) and Judo For All UK (JFAUK) under the auspices of World Judo Federation (WJF) that has enshrined the very concepts of Traditional Kodokan judo and “judo for all” in its founding documents.
The seminars, courses, and the contests planned by the organizing committee will be conducted under the guidance and recommendations of the European Technical Committee of the World Judo Federation and in adherence to the concepts of Traditional Kodokan Judo.
The organizing committee invites all members of WJF and other judo formations supportive of the principals laid down by Professor Jigoro Kano to join us in Gerenzano (Varese), Italy in November 2013 and to participate in our common initiative to revive and reinvigorate judo and the best that it can offer to all.
The Borders Summer School was established eleven years ago and has prided itself on having instructors and attendees from across the UK and from a variety of judo associations. The emphasis is on traditional Kodokan Judo and although the event will Provide a grading opportunity for members of Judo For All (UK), all are welcome. All we ask is that you respect our traditions by wearing zori or flip flops to the side of the mat and practice in a white judogi.
Guest Instructors - Bruce Bethers - General Secretary WJF (7th Dan) & Sampson Sampson - Founder and Technical Director of JFAUK (6th Dan)
The officers and members of USA Traditional Kodokan Judo (USA-TKJ) thank everyone who participated in the 2013 USA-TKJ National Championships and US OPEN International TKJ Championships on Friday and Saturday 12 – 13 April in St. Albans, West Virginia, USA. In addition, the 2013 United States Ju-Jitsu National Championships and the 32rd Mountain State Martial Arts Championships were also conducted at this venue. Two large connected gymnasiums were utilized for this Grand Competition.
The National Judo Championships was sanctioned by USA-TKJ and the International Judo Championships was sanctioned by the Martial Arts international Federation (MAIF) and the World Judo Federation (WJF). Both the US National and US Open International Championships were conducted using the Judo Competition Rules of the International Traditional Kodokan Judo (ITKJ) Program of the MAIF.
Jigoro Kano was the Founder of Kodokan Judo. The following is a transcript of a lecture he gave at the Parnassus Society, Athens, Greece, on June 5, 1934.
Ever since I came to work in public, I have been engaged in Education, for some time filling the post of the Director of the Bureau of Primary and Secondary Education in Japan, and for 24 years being the Principal of the Higher Normal College in Tokyo.As is natural for a man of such a career, I had to answer many questions like the following:
1. The use of religion as a means of moral culture no one doubts. But as morals are taught in religion not by reason, but by ‘faith’ or belief, there may be different persons having different beliefs. How can one decide which belief is correct and which is not? In this stage of enlightenment we must solve this question in a way to which everybody will agree. How do you solve this question?Read More
It is well known that the word judo comes from a combination of two Japanese words – ju meaning gentle and do meaning path or way. This makes judo literally the gentle way.
At the level of first principles, the essence of Kodokan Judo is the turning an opponent's strength and overcoming by means of skill rather than sheer strength. This theory is captured by the Japanese expression ju yoku go o seisu – usually translated in a number of ways e.g. softness overcomes hardness, flexibility overcomes stiffness, gentleness controls strength or win by yielding.This document is too long, please download to read the full text! (Webmaster)Read More
Traditional Judo is that practice of judo which reflects and adheres to the aims and principles of the art as Jigoro Kano presented them in his teachings and writings. Therein lies the problem for 21st century judoka who wish to practice in the old way. Judo has gone through many dramatic changes over the years since its introduction in 1882 and is now largely practiced as a sport. It is difficult to find a teacher, in the United States at least, who has received the core instruction of Kano’s original judo to pass on to today’s students. This dearth of specific instruction has given rise over time to various forms of what is called Classical Judo in this country, wherein ideas of traditional judo are often based upon much practice of omote kata (demonstration form) and the avoidance of competition. Neither of these notions reflects the program of Traditional Judo or serves to address in a complete way Kano’s oft-stated intentions for his art.Read More
The Objectives and Purposes of Training in Judo have been formulated since its original inception by its founder Dr. Jigoro Kano. The ultimate objective of Judo as intended by its founder, (according to noted author Donn F. Draeger, Judo Training Methods) could be summarized as "Physical Development, Contest Proficiency and Mental Development". It seems that some modern Judo Leaders have narrowed the objective of Judo to only "contest proficiency".Read More
The purpose of my talk is to treat Judo as a culture, physical, mental, and moral -- but as it is based on the art of attack and defense, I shall first explain what physical Judo is.
In the feudal period of Japan, Judo, then more commonly known as Jujutsu, was practiced by our samurai, together with other martial exercises such as fencing, archery, the use of spears and so forth. Judo was an art of fighting, generally without weapons, although sometimes different kinds of weapons were used. The attacks were principally throwing, hitting, kicking, choking, holding the opponent down, and bending or twisting the opponent's arms or legs in such a way as to cause pain or fracture. We have multitudinous ways of defending ourselves against such attacks.Read More