“The Gentle Way” is the direct translation from the Japanese.
Judo is a non-weapons based discipline whose essence is the balancing of physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
It is a sport that is practiced from childhood into old age, helping to develop and retain vitality of mind and body throughout life.
Importantly, Judo teaches response and recognition to threat which has informed the development of programmes to improve the safety of vulnerable people, and improve the confidence of people too fearful to live a full and active life.
The prominence of women and Paralympic athletes in Judo gives encouragement and role models for girls and young people with disabilities.
The national network of players and supporters means that anyone can access the support of the Judo family, especially important if people’s own home life is difficult.