The Kodokan, the mother school of Judo, was founded in 1882 by the late Professor Jigoro Kano who established Judo. Judo was derived from the art of Jujitsu, a method for either attacking others or defending oneself with nothing but one’s own body, which had many names and schools. Prof. Kano established the new Kodokan Judo based on his own insight and arrangement by adopting what he considered suitable techniques from all of the Jujitsu schools, and eliminating techniques that he considered precarious. Starting with only nine disciples and a twelve-mat dojo, Kodokan Judo was recognized in a few years to be excellent since its students overwhelmed the Jujitsu athletes at the Police Bujitsu Contest. This really was the first step for its future rapid progress. Prof. Kano promoted Judo as a physical exercise from a wide national point of view. Proceeding with the organization of the Kodokan and enacting the regulations of Judo, he became the first Asian member of the International Olympic Committee in 1909 and worked for the spread of Judo world-wide. Judo became an official event in the Olympic Games of 1964, backed by Judo fans and Sport promoters all over the world. It is now a very popular Sport almost anywhere in the world.
History of Judo