Judo teaches us to treat others with the utmost respect. There are 8 principles that pin down the core teachings of Judo. They are outlined below:
The primary principle of Judo – bravery – is shown at all times and demonstrated in every situation. The world is going through tough times. And now, more than ever, people need to stay positive and strong. No matter the odds, a united front accentuates a good outcome
One of the first values taught in Judo is courtesy. Throughout our lives, we are prepared to be polite by our adults, and, this value or this way of acting and speaking goes a long way – especially when it comes to respecting and being kind to others. This is taught explicitly in Judo, to be generous and give without expectation. A free yet powerful value that helps individuals become strong-minded and team-oriented.
There is a common saying in Judo that without trust, there is no respect. When a Judoka steps on a tatami (mat), he/she will bow. This symbolizes respect for the dojo, the opponent and everyone else present. Judo teaches to develop feelings of consideration towards others, and furthermore, Judo prepares Judokas to direct those feelings towards treating others with respect. Additionally, respect is not limited or confined to the dojo, it is focused on actions and the environment.
Honesty is the key to prosperity. Judo teaches to speak up and to always be honest, leading to optimal personal development. Sincerity is taught in every facet of training and helps Judokas dispel doubt and develop the oneness of body and mind.
Determination towards self-control is explicitly taught in Judo. Students learn to adapt to new routines and values that help them make fewer mistakes, and therefore, be safer. Dojo teaches this value to ensure precaution so that everyone practices Judo in a safe and effective way.
Defeating the ego is one of the founding principles of Kodokan Judo. Your first opponent is yourself. Or more specifically, your ego. Judo teaches to dispel arrogance and be graceful at all times. Boasting or showing off is highly frowned upon in Judo. Modesty teaches students to become their better selves and contribute to a productive and healthier society.
Principles should be upheld at all times, especially when facing adversity. How we act in difficult times determines our true nature. Judokas are taught to stick with their values and rise above when faced with hardship. This ensures health, a good spirit, and a stronger self.
Judo teaches unity. The combative environment was designed to help students compete with each other while being friendly. The goal is to improve together regardless of the difference in culture and background. Friendship is a moral code that is taught in Judo, and, is considered to be one of the purest emotional states that foster teamwork and self-development. This helps students respect and care about each other, promoting a safer and healthier environment.
The teaching of Kano Jigoro Shihan
Judo is the way of using one’s mental and physical strength in the most efficient manner. Through training and practicing techniques for offense and defense, one disciplines and cultivates body and spirit, and thereby masters the essence of this way. Thus, the ultimate goal of Judo is to strive for personal perfection by means of this and to benefit the world.