Judo represents the ideals of the Olympics, and Bradford Judo Club has enshrines these values since it inception in 1965, just 1 year after Judo was made a permanent sport at the Olympic games.
Judo training is an ideal form of physical exercise and it serves as a great cardiovascular workout, which improves stamina, general health and overall fitness. Physical strength is also improved as a direct result of trying to control and dictate the movement of the opponent and as well as enhanced power; a Judo player will also improve their flexibility. For the same reasons the balance and posture of a player will also be enhanced. Physical co-ordination can be seen to develop dramatically from participation in Judo and reflexes are also improved together with mental reaction time.
The moral benefits of Judo are a direct result of the transition from a martial art to what Dr Jigoro Kano termed “Do” or “Way of Life”. Kano added a strict code of ethics and a humanitarian philosophy to his system. His Judo instructors and students were expected to be outstanding examples of good character and honest conduct.