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Road to Chengdu 2021 FISU Games: Judo – from the mind of a professor to a world sport


July 12, 2023 | at the FISU Summer University World Games

Road to Chengdu 2021 FISU Games: Judo – from the mind of a professor to a global sport


for 14p For the second time in the history of the FISU World University Games, judo will be part of the Chengdu 2021 FISU Games competition program. It first appeared on the program in Tokyo in 1967 as an optional sport, and was an optional sport five more times before being made compulsory for the FISU Games in Bangkok 2007. There was also the 18th FISU World Academic Judo Championships, the first held in Prague, former Czechoslovakia, in 1966.

    J8W6504Professor Jigoro Kano is known as the Father of Judo. Studying various aspects of jujutsu, he came to what he called the ubiquitous principle – the most effective use of mental and physical energy. He then reviewed the attacks and defense principles to keep only those that conform to that principle and add other techniques that conform to that belief. This formed the basis of judo and the academy he founded in 1882, the Kodokan in Tokyo.

The name judo itself consists of two Chinese characters. “Ju” means mildness and “do” means principle or way, which argues for the basis of the practice created by Professor Kano. As a professor of politics and economics at Gakushuin, a school for aristocratic youth in Japan, he saw the value of education and study in the practice of judo and their interconnectedness. The rapid growth of the Kodokan took place throughout the country, aided by the fact that the police, navy, schools and universities adopted the practice and teaching of judo.

As the Japanese diaspora spread beyond the country’s borders, especially with immigration to the United States and its west coast, as well as to Brazil and Argentina, judo also began to grow in popularity around the world. Professor Kano himself visited North America and Europe to support growing and new clubs. Britain, Germany, and France in particular helped pave the way for judo’s development from training to sport. Other judo methods, including the Kawaishi method popularized in Europe, also began to take shape in the mid-1920s.p age.

Kano’s method was supposed to appear at the 1940 Tokyo Olympics, but with the outbreak of World War II, the Olympics never took place. 24 years later, at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 1964, men’s judo appeared on the program for the first time. Midway through this period in 1951, the International Judo Federation (IJF) was founded, which further helped sport judo and helped it develop into a widespread sport and practice around the world. This is no more obvious than the current existence of 204 nations as members of the IJF. J8W8484

The FISU World University Games in Chengdu 2021 will feature 16 medal competitions in women’s and men’s judo. The competition will be held at the spectacular new Gymnasium of the Jianyang Cultural and Sports Center in Jianyang District, Chengdu. Both women and men will compete in seven weight categories (-48kg, -52kg, -57kg, -63kg, -70kg, -78kg, +78kg for women | -60kg, -66kg, -73kg, -81kg, -90kg , – 100kg, +100kg men) and team competitions for each gender.

The next four days of judo competition will begin on July 29. Stay up to date with all the action thanks Chengdu 2021 FISU Games Official Site and watching events on FISU.tv.

The following sources provided information for this article:

judo | Definition, History and Facts | Britannica;

History / IJF.org;

Origin of Judo (onlinejua.org)

Written by Doug McLean

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