History of Judo
Jigoro Kano founded judo in the late 19th century. Kano originally learnt Jujitsu, as he wanted to find a way to overcome opponents who were much larger than him. However, Jujitsu had a number different disciplines and Kano decided to combine the best possible parts of the sport to form Judo, which translates as ‘the gentle way’.
In 1886,Tokyo Metropolitan Police hosted a tournament between Judo and Jujitsu to determine which sport was superior. Judo won all of the matches except two or three which ended as a draw establishing Judo as the superior sport. It was then officially adopted as the training style of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police force.