Judo - Japan: meaning "the gentle way" - derived from the ancient Japanese martial art called Jujitsu (also referred to as Jujutsu or Jiu-jitsu), an ancient system of hand-to-hand combat practiced by highly skilled samurai and ninja warriors on the battlefields of feudal Japan. Professor Kano opened the Kodokan Dojo in Tokyo, Japan in the year 1882 and started to train students in Nippon-Den-Kodokan-Judo. Judo, which means the "gentle way," is not only concerned with attack and defense techniques but the physical conditioning and total health that could be attained from its practice. The meaning of the word Ju (gentleness) denotes not resisting the strength of the opponent, but adapting to it, and taking advantage of it by turning it to one's own advantage. The meaning of the word Do (way) denotes not just methods or techniques, but also signifies adherence to strict moral principles which are essential in striving for "self-perfection as a human being".
Below is a video about Judo from The History Channel TV Series Human Weapon
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