Judo, meaning “the gentle way,” was developed in late 19th century Japan by Dr. Jigorō Kanō, who distilled and updated traditional samurai jujitsu forms to create a modern combat sport rooted in physical, intellectual, and moral discipline. Confidence, mutual benefit, group welfare, and respect are key tenets of judo.
Now a recognized Olympic sport, judo — and derivatives such as Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) — primarily focus on weaponless grappling and throwing techniques that maximizes efficiency by using an opponent’s force to your own advantage. The Modern Army Combatives Program and mixed martial arts (MMA) also have ties to judo. It's great for general cardio, strength training, and self-defense. Also, it’s just plain fun!