What is Judo?
Judo (meaning "gentle way") is a modern martial art, combat and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defenses are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata) and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice (randori). A judo practitioner is called a judoka.
Judo in Portugal
Extremely important for the sport in Portugal was the arrival of the Japanese Master Kiyoshi Kobayashi in 1958. Considered as the father of the sport in Portugal, Kobayashi was invited to stay and still plays an important role in the Portuguese Judo Federation.
Judo at Sporting
Judo at Sporting was created more than 15 years ago, and currently has 70 athletes, ranging from 3 to 43 years of age.
Age groups are divided into 4 to 10, 11 to 15 and over 15’s.