The Way Of Gentleness

What Is Judo?

  Kodokan Judo was founded by Kano Jigoro Sensei, who as a youth began practicing Jujutsu as a way to strengthen his feeble body. Kano studied both the Tenjin Shinyo-Ryu and Kito-Ryu styles of Koryu (Pre 1868) Jujutsu, eventually learning their teachings, and supplemented this training with an avid interest in other combative forms as well. Integrating what he considered the positive points of these with his own ideas and inspirations, he established a revised body of physical technique, and also transformed the traditional Jujutsu principle of “defeating strength through flexibility” into a new principle of “maximum efficient use of physical and mental energy.” The result was a new theoretical and technical system that Kano felt better matched the needs of modern people.
  The essence of this system he expressed in the axiom “maximum efficient use of energy”, a concept he considered both a cornerstone of martial arts and a principle useful in many aspects of life. Practical application of this principle, he felt, could contribute much to human and social development, including “mutual prosperity for self and others”, which he identified as the proper goal of training. What Kano had created transcended mere technique to embrace a set of principles for perfecting the self. To reflect this, he replaced jutsu (technique) in the word “Jujutsu” with the suffix do (path) to create a new name for his art: Judo. His training hall he named “Kodokan,” or “a place to teach the path.”

Kano Jigoro Sensei's Legacy

  Kano has also been lauded as “the father of Japanese physical education.” As principal of Tokyo Higher Normal School, he established a general physical education faculty aimed at training teachers capable of bringing quality physical education to Japan’s youth. He also helped found the Japan Amateur Sports Association (Japan Sport Association), and in 1909 he became the first Asian member of the International Olympic Committee.
  Kano traveled abroad thirteen times, lecturing and demonstrating Judo in order to introduce his art to people around the world.
  Today, the International Judo Federation includes representatives from over 200 countries and regions, with practitioners from all walks of life donning Judo uniforms and stepping onto the mat to forge their minds, bodies, and spirits.

Training Offered at Moonlit Dojo

Tsukimitsu (Moonlit) Dōjō 月光道場 is dedicated to teaching and practicing authentic and traditional Kodokan Judo as Jigoro Kano Sensei, its’ founder, had originally intended. While many of today’s Judo schools are strictly competition oriented; Tsukimitsu Dōjō is knowledge, skills and abilities dedicated. Your knowledge, skills and abilities will help you prevail in competition, at school, at work, at home and throughout your life. Whether you want to compete in Judo tournaments, learn self-defense or just want a martial art that will help you stay fit and healthy, you will enjoy and succeed in Kodokan Judo at Tsukimitsu Dōjō

Judo For Kids

Moonlit Dojo also offers a comprehensive program for kids called “ABC Judo.” This program will teach them valuable skills as opposed to just teaching them how to “fight.” They will be immersed in a sport like environment that will teach them the value of learning respect and contributing to the team. Your child will learn all of the core fundamentals including but not limited to:

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