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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Saturday June 7, Mandatory Check-In, Uniform Inspection, Weigh-In and Late Registration
Sunday June 8, 2014 Competition Day, USA-TKJ National Championships
Sanctioned by the following International Organizations & Programs:
World Judo Federation (WJF), Panamerican Judo Union (PJU), International Traditional Kodokan Judo (ITKJ) and Martial Arts International Federation (MAIF)
Saturday, June 7, 2014
(Check-In, Weigh-in & Late Registration)
NOTE: This is a "Mandatory Check-In” for All Competitors in All Divisions.
Referee Course - International Traditional Kodokan Judo
Coaching Course - International Traditional Kodokan Judo
Sunday, June 8, 2014 USA National Championships Competition Day
Sunday, June 8, 2014 International Championships Competition Day
SPECTATOR FEE: Adults: $7 Children Ages 5-12: $5
Sobell Sports Centre,
Hornsey Road, Islington,
London N7 7NY
Sunday Sunday 29th June 2014
Only required for competitors,
Adults £ 16.00 (16+)
All spectators and officials attend free of charge.
Deadline for Entries
All Entries must be received by Sunday 15th June 2014
Weighing in times:
All Competitors at 10:00am
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 - President and Technical Director of JFAUK (8th Dan)
JFAUK are pleased to announce the 3rd SHOCHUGEIKO summer course, a two day summer camp of brilliant traditional Judo. This is something you don’t want to miss. You will be subjected to a range of outstanding training methods which we hope will revitalize the way you think about judo.
- Judo aerobics and gymnastics.
- Cardiovascular, speed Flexibility strength exercises
- Explanation of judo related exercise and the role they play in the judo
- Outstanding ukemi waza (the fun way)
- Coordination and balance exercise helping with speed and flexibility, pure judo, judo is after all the way of flexibility.
- Technical development training methods standing / groundwork
- Counters combination techniques standing /Groundwork
- Preventative methods against throws hold down strangles Arm-locks.
- Standing and moving uchi komi, Groundwork uchi komi
- Team building games
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.
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
The spiritual aspect of judo is rarely discussed in daily conversation among judo students. Students prefer to discuss how they or their competitor won a particular match or judo tournament. Judo is more than how an opponent or a method of self defense, it encompasses the hidden spiritual discipline with each person. The Judo Research and Development Group (JRDG), presents an excerpt from Mission of Kodokan Judo, from the February 1974 issue of Kodokan Magazine. This article was written by D. Risei Kano, the former President of the Kodokan.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
A Guide for the Doubtful Judoka
Why bother with kata?
So, you have a grading coming up. Time to dust off Nage no Kata, trudge through those 15 techniques, and get that over with. Then you can forget all about it and get back to real judo: randori and shiai.
Really, why do you have to spend time on that unrealistic anachronism that has no apparent connection to anything you want to accomplish in your practice? It’s slow and stilted – it can’t possibly have anything to do with the fast pace and excitement of randori and shiai.
Nage no Kata might look to you to be just a choreographed exercise in which uke and tori agree, over and over again, to match steps for 2 or 3 paces, at which time tori executes a pretty throw and uke takes a pretty fall. But looks can be deceiving.Read More›‹