The Appeal of Judo
Judo is commonly associated with dynamic images of one contestant throwing another in a training or competition setting. Although this is surely one aspect of Judo, the true meaning of Judo can be defined as a way to optimally utilize the powers of both body and mind. In other words, it is by mastering the various Judo combat techniques that a practitioner learns how to use the mind and body most effectively in daily life.
Moreover, the techniques of Judo allow even a small-statured person to subdue a much larger and stronger person ("softness subdues hardness", Ju yoku go wo seisu). The practice of Judo also teaches respect for the other person, as well as cooperation and assistance, thereby leading to the mutual benefit of both parties. The founder and father of Judo, Jigoro Kano, expressed these concepts by the terms, "maximum efficiency" and "mutual benefit" (Seiryoku zenyo and Jita Kyoei).
-The Meaning of Judo And The Purpose of Training-
"Judo" is defined as a way to optimally utilize the powers of both body and mind. The purpose of Judo training is to teach physical and mental discipline through the practice of attack and defense, leading to an understanding of the essence of the way. One thus attains completion of self, and contributes to the wellbeing of society at large.