Jiu-Jitsu, a dangerous form of unarmed combat, was practiced for a thousand years in feudal Japan by Samurai warriors. Judo, the "gentle way", was developed by Dr. Jigoro Kano, who adapted the best throwing and grappling techniques of Jiu-Jitsu into the art and sport of Judo in 1882. To promote and continue the study of Judo, Dr. Kano founded the Kodokan Judo School in Tokyo. The Kodokan is recognized by all nations as the mother school of Judo. There are many reasons for choosing the study of Judo at Sho-Rei-Shobu-Kan. For those who wish to compete, there are many opportunities locally, as well as the chance to compete in Nationals each year.
Judo is recognized as an Olympic sport and is an event in the Summer Olympic Games. For non-competitors, Judo is excellent conditioning and self-defense training. Children especially enjoy Judo. Judo as taught at Sho-Rei-Shobu-Kan emphasizes Dr. Kano's slogans, "Maximum efficiency with minimum effort" and, "Mutual welfare and benefit ".