USJA Judo at TFMA
Judo is a martial art that was founded by Jigoro Kano in 1882. The most important principle was kuzushi – the breaking of balance, a principle that made traditional techniques much more effective and caused that good technique beat raw strength. The Judo program at TFMA is complimentary to our Gracie Jiu-jitsu program for students who wish to compete and focus more on takedowns and throws.
Judo was an Olympic sport for the first time in Tokyo in 1964 and has been in every summer games since 1972. The combat rules have been revised many times to make the sport safer and more interesting to watch for the audience, therefore modern judo is one of the safest full contact combat sports there is.
The rank system judo has today, was adopted by most other Asian martial arts. There are several different grades for students and masters, which are shown with different coloured belts. The belts are supposed to show the athletes knowledge and leadership abilities. The belts are also a great motivation for the athletes.
Internationally judo has been a huge sport for many years and is practised by boys and girls in all ages, both for exercise, competition, personal development and as a hobby. Most importantly, people do judo because it is social and fun!