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Dr.Jigoro Kano (1860 to 1938)

(Founder of Kodokan Judo)
(Founded the Kodokan in Tokyo 1882)
Studied with a number of Jujitsu masters
before formulating his own system of
unarmed combat which he called Judo.

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Kenshiro Abbe 7th. Dan (1915 to 1985)

And Bill Woods 2nd.Dan
(Founded the British Judo Council 1958)
(Founded Kyu Shin Do)

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Dominick McCarthy 8th. Dan (1918 to 1995)

(Founded The Zen Judo Family in September 1974 at Petersfield England)

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Andrew M. Millard BEM 7th. Dan

Gordon Lawson 8th. Dan
(Formed The British Zen Judo Family Association on the 1st. January 2000)



Judo was developed by Professor Jigoro Kano from a martial art called Jujutsu (also spelled Jujitsu). Professor Kano opened the Kodokan Dojo in Tokyo, Japan in the year 1882 and started to train students in Nippon-Den-Kodokan-Judo. Judo, which means the "gentle way", is not only concerned with attack and defence techniques but the physical conditioning and total health that could be attained from its practice. The meaning of the word Ju (gentleness) denotes not resisting the strength of the opponent, adapting to it, and taking advantage of it by turning it to one's own advantage. The meaning of the word Do (way) denotes not just methods or techniques, but also signifies strict moral principles which are essential in striving for "Self-Perfection as a human being". The judo principle can be best expressed by the words left by Professor Kano (as translated in Keiko Fukuda, Born for the Mat.

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The Eishoji Temple where Judo began.

In an effort to preserve the philosophical and spiritual aspects of Dr Kano's art, Zen Judo was created in England in 1974. Judo had been introduced to Great Britain in the early 1900s with Sensei Yukio Tani. He was followed by Sensei Uyenishi who taught Judo to the British Army at Aldershot.

Sensei Sadukazu Uyenishi 5th dan

Sensei Yukio Tani 7th Dan

(1881 to 1950)