Judo, also known as Judô, is one of the most recognisable martial arts around the world and is now more popular than ever. Founded in Japan, Judo is now known all over the world as an Olympic sport and a staple of the Olympic Games.
The History of Judo
From the 1100s-1800s, Japan was largely ruled by professional soldiers known as samurai. Along with the teaching of armed fighting styles, unarmed fighting styles were also developed. Jujutsu was taught to samurai to fight unarmed in close quarters. Jujutsu then evolved and split into many different styles.
When the rule of the samurai ended around 1868, jujutsu and it’s teachings began to fall into obscurity and decline. However, one man prevented the Japanese martial art’s extinction, Jigoro Kano.
Kano did not yet know how influential he would be in the martial arts world. Jigoro Kano is the founder of Judo, how we know it today. At age 17, Kano became the apprentice of Master Yanosuke Fukuda and began learning all styles of Jujutsu.
At age 21, Kano combined all the best aspects of all jujutsu styles and created what we now know as Judo. When Kano opened his first Dojo, he had just 9 students, little did they know they were some of the very first to practice this now world-renowned martial art.
Created in 1882, Judo is a descendant and culmination of different Jujutsu forms combined with mental discipline. Jujutsu has its roots in Sumo, with Sumo being one of the oldest martial arts in the world.
Bringing Judo to the World
1889 was the year Jigoro Kano chose to travel to Europe to spread Judo around the world. After years of promoting the martial art around the world, Kano’s goal was finally achieved in 1964 at the Tokyo Olympic Games in which Judo was recognised as an Olympic sport for the first time.
All but one gold medal went to Japanese competitors, with the other gold being won in the open division by a non-Japanese contestant.
Over 180 countries are members of the International Judo Federation, with the sport being particularly popular in Europe, with more people in France practicing the martial art than in Japan. However, Japan still promotes Judo all over the world by sending Judo instructors and second-hand uniforms to places where Judo is not so well known.
Judo in Brazil
Judo is immensely popular in Brazil, with it being the most practiced martial art in the country. The first instances of Judo being practiced can be traced back all the way to 1914. Judo’s presence in Brazil spawned the now notable martial art, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The Governing body of Judo in Brazil is Confederação Brasileira de Judô (CBJ) and they oversee competitive Judo in Brazil.
Judo did not lose popularity due to the creation of Jiu-Jitsu; this was observed when Rio de Janeiro hosted the Fourth Edition of the World Judo Championships. Also, during the 2012 Summer Olympics Games in London, England, Sarah Menezes won a gold medal in Judo.
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This has been a brief history of Judo and where the sport is today, it’s clear Judo’s popularity in Brazil is not fading and the martial art is going nowhere and with the great work that the CBJ are doing there’s no reason why Judo can’t grow even more.