General History of Judo

Judo or Jūdō (柔道, jūdō?, meaning “gentle way”) is a moderm martal art and combat sport created in Japan in 1882 by Dr Kano Jigoro. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the object is to either throw or takedown one’s opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue one’s opponent with a grappling maneuver or force an opponent to submit by joint locking or by executing a strangle hold or choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defences are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata) and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice (randori)

The philosophy developed for judo became the model for other modern Japanese martial arts that developed from traditional schools . The worldwide spread of judo has led to the development of a number of offshoots such as Sambo  and Brazilian Jiu_jitsu,

Practitioners of judo are called jūdōka.

To see more nformation on Judo, vsit the Judo Information Web Site.

Kano History - Sensei Joe

Oscar Knoester: “Sensei Joe, my Sensei, mentor, hero and father.”
Sensei Joe is one of the founder members of our beautiful sport “Judo” in South Africa. He started Kano in the year 1953. Prior to that, he coached at the Crown Mines Judo club. He became one of the most successful coaches in South Africa, producing many provincial and national champions. He has achieved many high points in his career that spans decades in the service of our sport. Sensei Joe has also coached many times the winning teams at the South African championships.
He has been a Springbok as competitor, coach and manager, and was the longest standing coordinator of referees for South African Judo. Sensei Joe is recognised in SA as a 6th Dan and internationally as a 8th Dan. He is also a 5th Dan in Karate, Jiu-Jitsu and Spirit Combat.

Joe Knoester