The Japanese word Judo literally means the gentle way. Balance, timing, strategy and tactics, are essential characteristics of this sport and art.

   The objective in judo is to apply these principles to the many throwing and grappling techniques. Judo is both fun and high-energy activity as well as a relaxing and calming exercise. The various movements and techniques can be learned with games and are perfected through practice with a partner.

   In short, Judo has a wide range of appeal as a sport, an art, a discipline, a recreational pastime, a social activity, a fitness program, a means of self-defense, and a way of life.
   During Judo practice, most of the communication is rich of Japanese words and expressions. For more details please link to our page Judo Vocabulary.
   Judoka partners are responsible for each other’s safety and well being. They express it in the form of bow on the judo mat before and after the exercises. The origin of this tradition is Japanese tradition where the bow is a symbol of respect and trust.
Kyu grades (Mudansha – colour belts)

Rokkyu 6th grade white belt
Gokyu 5th grade yellow belt
Yonkyu 4th grade orange belt
Sankyu 3rd grade green belt
Nikyu 2nd grade blue belt
Ikkyu 1st grade brown belt
Dan Grades (Yudansha – black belts)

Shodan 1st grade black belt
Nidan 2nd grade black belt
Sandan 3rd grade black belt
Yondan 4th grade black belt
Godan 5th grade black belt
Rokudan 6 th grade black or red and white belt
Shichidan 7th grade black or red and white belt
Hachidan 8th grade black or red and white belt
Kudan 9th grade red or black belt
Judan 10th grade red or black belt