Judo for Peace & Judo For Children

Judo as an Educational Tool

Respect is a very comprehensive concept. To follow up Jigoro Kano's philosophy and ideas we must look into the concept of respect to be much more than express courtesy (i.e. REI) to one's opponents at tournament or during training. We need to both show respect for other human being but also our own value as individuals. We shall respect everyone by birth to have the same rights, dignity and possibilities. To be able to do so, we must respect ourselves. If we experience difficulties regarding our opinions and attitude to other persons, we must follow Kano's guiding principles to understand what is right or wrong. By developing one's personal self discipline and intellectual capacity a judoka will built mental strength and self respect.

The mental strength and self respect is the most important fundament to create a just society. In a just society all human being, regardless race, social position and gender dimensions, can develop an environment that can give maximum contribution to the welfare for all. This is the fundament of the IJF Judo for peace and Judo for Children programs.



Judo is more than just a sport. The founder of Judo, Jigoro Kano, started to train Ju-Jitsu in 1877. Three years later he started to systematically study different styles of Ju-Jitsu. The first document that shows the development of the technical fundament of judo is dated in 1882. From a technical perspective, judo was almost fully developed in 1887. 


In 1922, forty years after he started to develop the concept of judo, Kano announced that the essential ideas of judo was at the end of its development. The principles he announced as the philosophical fundament were:

  • seiryoku-zenyõ – maximum efficient use of energy 

  • jita-kyõei – mutual aid and prosperity


Kano’s ambitious goal was to promote world peace through judo based on these principals. 


The objectives for training stated by the founder of judo, Jigoro Kano, are:

  1. Each individual should strengthen his/her body, develop intellect and morality, and cultivate attributes beneficial to society

  2. Citizens should respect society and seek to assist in bolstering national prosperity

  3. Individuals and organizations must make efforts to co-operate with each other and ensure that harmonious relations are maintained in society

  4. With regards to international community, racial prejudices should be cast away an cultural advanced so that all people can live and prosper together


The founder of judo further more stated the following principals applicable to judo:

  1. To encourage individuals to train their bodies to be strong and healthy, and to teach moral principles, thus encouraging trainees to be excellent contributors to society

  2. To encouraged to respect fundamental character and history of the nation, and strive to make necessary improvements for the sake of its prosperity

  3. For the benefit of society in general, people have to assist and receive assistance from others to maintain a strong sense of social harmony

  4. For the benefit of the whole world, racial discrimination must be purges and efforts will be made to progress culture, enabling people to live together peacefully in mutual prosperity


These eight statements are the main fundaments for the philosophy of judo and IJF Judo for Peace and Judo for Children programs. Kano believed that in societies where individuals are organized into groups, each of the members must be in an equal position to have the benefit of the affiliation. To develop a just society must all citizens’ benefit from the prosperity that communities produce. 



Ongoing JFP Projects

  • Burundi: Full program, reconciliation, educational, social responsibility, orphanage

  • Rwanda: organisation of the national fedeatio, partial program

  • South Africa: Anti Violence project

  • Chad: partial program

  • Nepal: orphanage

  • Ivory Coast

  • Sub Sahara project: "The role of female judoka in her society and federation"

  • Haiti: reconstruction program (under the leadership of the French Federation)

  • Afghanistan: orphanage (under the leadership of the Norvegian Federation)

  • Uruguay: "Tatami Project", Educational support project


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