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'If there is effort, there is always accomplishment.' - Jigoro Kano

Judo is a fun, social actvitity that helps sharpen concentration, maintain strength, fitness and develop physical coordination.

Learning Judo at Judokwai NZ is an excellent way for adults and children to engage in social interaction and increase self-confidence in a safe and friendly environment.

What is Judo?

Judo is a Japanese martial art practiced by over 40 million people globally.

The sport was founded by Jigoro Kano in 1882 and has been an Olympic sport since 1964.

Jigoro Kano

What do you do in Judo?

Judo is a grappling sport, much like BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) and Wrestling.


There are 4 ways to win in Judo:

1.) Throw your opponent onto their back

2.) Pinning your opponent on the ground for 20 seconds

3.) Armlocking opponent (14+ years only)

4.) Strangling opponent (14+ years only)

The video below gives a nice explanation of how judo works.

It also very helpful in explaining the rules if you are looking into competing

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