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What is Judo?

Judo is both a martial art and a sport. Based on Jiu Jitsu, it was founded in Japan in 1882 by Professor Jigoro Kano. In 1964, Judo was introduced into the Olympics as an exhibition event, and afterwards became and official Olympic sporting event. Judo teaches the ability to defeat an opponent by off balancing and taking advantage of the opportunity. The player attributes which determine the outcome of a Judo match are knowledge, technique, timing, speed, strength, body mass and body dimensions. The techniques taught to Judo students to win Judo matches include throws, pins, chokes, and arm locks.



A Judo picture from the World Wide Web is shown above.
It is a Judo student throwing his opponent in a hip throw.
This hip throw is known as "harai goshi", which is Japanese for "sweeping hip".
This is one of the most beautiful throws of the 65 throws which comprise the official throws of Judo.


August 2, 2012 - American Judo History
Ms Kayla Harrison won America's first Olympic Gold Medal at
the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, U.K.
 
Kayla with her Distinguished Master Judo Coaches, Jimmy Pedro and Big Jim Pedro 
Click on these Links to see more of Ms. Kayla Harrison
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Kyuzo Mifune's Dojo Rules
 


"To master an actual technique, mental culture should come first.  Acquiring a technique requires a careful, modest, non-mean, free and attentive mind. In other words a player should do his utmost and nothing less."

Have no falsehood in mind.

Reluctance or deceit are not conducive to the inner harmony required by Judo practice.

Do not lose self-confidence.

Learn to act wholeheartedly, without hesitation. Show reverence toward the practice of Judo, by keeping your mind in it.

Keep your balance.

The center of gravity follows the movement of the body. The center of gravity is the most important element in maintaining stability. If it is lost, the body is naturally unbalanced.

Thus, fix your mind so that your body is always in balance.

Utilize your strength efficiently.

Minimize the use of strength with the quickest movement of body. Acknowledge that what is called stillness and motion is nothing but an endlessly repeated process.

Don't discontinue training.

Mastery of Judo cannot be accomplished in a short time. Since skills depend on mental and physical application, constant training is essential.

Keep yourself humble.

If you become self-centered, you will build a wall around yourself and lose your freedom. If you can humble yourself in preparation for an event you will surely be better able to judge and understand it. In a match, you will be able to detect the weak point of your opponent and easily put him/her under control.

 

with Hayward Nishioka.

 

Sensei Mifune was one of Professor Jigoro Kano's two primary disciples. Professor Kano founded Kodokan Judo in 1882.
 

Kyuzo Mifune
1953

 

William F. Slater, III
First Degree Black Belt in Kodokan Judo
Chicago, IL


Pictures from the Tohkon XVII Classic Judo Tournament - June 2, 2012


 


Chicago Police Judo Club Pictures

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Lifetime Member of the United States Judo Association


Active Member of the Chicago Police Department Judo Club

 


  2009

At Pulaski Park Community Center in Chicago, IL

 
 

 

1997

At Pulaski Park Community Center in Chicago, IL

 

 

1997
   

At a Judo Tournament in Rolling Meadows, IL

 

1991
   

Northwest Chicagoland Warriors Judo Club at the Twinbrook YMCA in Schaumburg, IL

1991
   

Northwest Chicagoland Warriors Judo Club at the Twinbrook YMCA in Schaumburg, IL

1991
   
1990
   

Northwest Chicagoland Warriors Judo Club at the Twinbrook YMCA in Schaumburg, IL

1989
   

Northwest Chicagoland Warriors Judo Club at the Twinbrook YMCA in Schaumburg, IL

1989
   
 

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Last Updated on April 2, 2012

By William F. Slater, III

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