History of Judo

Judo originated in Japan; it came from a martial art called Ju-Jitsu.

It has now evolved from being a martial art into one of the world’s most popular sports and has been in the Olympic Games since 1972.

The founder member of Judo was a man called Jigoro Kano, who was born in 1860. He studied the martial art of Ju-Jitsu and by 1883, he had modified a lot of the moves and took out all kicking and striking blows. He then called this new fighting art, ‘Judo’.

The first Judo club in Britain was the Budokwai in London. It opened in 1918 and Jigoro Kano had an extended visit to the club in 1920, which helped forge the link for Judo between Europe and Japan.

The British Judo Association was established in 1948 and is now a member of the International Judo Federation, the governing body of Judo worldwide.

Jigoro Kano died in 1938, but his style of Judo is still taught at the Rainbow Judo Club.