Words of Wisdom

Judo is the way to the most effective use of both physical and spiritual strength. By training you in attacks and defenses it refines your body and your soul and helps you make the spiritual essence of Judo a part of your very being. In this way you are able to perfect yourself and contribute something of value to the world. This is the final goal of Judo discipline.

Jigoro Kano

When someone attacks you, he gives you a present of his strength. To make use of this gift you must know how to receive it.

Yukiso Yamamoto

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.

Bruce Lee

Man at his birth is supple and tender, but in death, he is rigid and hard. Thus, suppleness and tenderness accompany life, but rigidity and hardness accompany death.


Ask for practices. S. Kotani is a fine example. During his student days, he would practice with every powerful and skillful Judoka he could lay his hands on, rather than avoid the beating he knew would be coming. To be thrown, immobilized, or strangled, was nothing but delight for him. The thing that really counted was practice!

T. Ishikawa and D. Draeger

If there is effort, there is always accomplishment.

Jigoro Kano

The serious Judo exponent trains every day.

Takahiko Ishikawa and Donn F. Draeger

Before and after practicing Judo or engaging in a match, opponents bow to each other. Bowing is an expression of gratitude and respect. In effect, you are thanking your opponent for giving you the opportunity to improve your technique.

Jigoro Kano

Resist with nonresistance.

The judoist has no time to allow himself a margin for error, especially in a situation upon which his or another person’s very life depends. The secret of judo is serenity of mind.

Watanabe and Avakian