Judo, the gentle way, is a grappling martial art developed by Dr. Jigoro Kano in 1882. Judo is most well noted for its spectacular Nage Waza (throwing techniques), however, Judo also utilizes grappling techniques which include Osae Komi Waza (pinning techniques), Shime Waza (choking techniques), and Kansetsu Waza (joint locking techniques).
Judo is a system of self-defense based on the principles “maximum efficiency with minimum effort” and “mutual benefit and welfare”. Judo is proven to develop the body as well as the mind through the application of these principles in every technique that is taught. These fundamental principles are relevant in both self-defense and professional life.
Judo is also a globally recognized sport that has been part of the summer Olympic games consistently since 1972. In many countries around the world, Judo is one of the most participated sports. Recently, Judo has gained heightened recognition in the United States due to the success of Judoka like Kayla Harrison (the first American gold medalist in Olympic Judo at the 2012 London Olympic games) and Ronda Rousey (the first American woman to medal in Olympic Judo and the first woman to hold a title in the UFC).