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Traditional Japanese Judo

Kodokan Judo and Japanese Jujutsu

Judo and Rei - Spirit of Respect




Judo and Rei - Its Spirit
Kano Shihan pioneered Judo as a way in which to nurture people of excellence. Judo practitioners do not merely carry out exercises for the simple acquisition of technical skills. In the course of their study, they also learn Judo as a pathway through life with the aim of developing a fine character.
The spirit of Rei is vital to the study Judo in a manner that promotes self-perfection. Rei is the spirit with which we pay respect to the opponent, and the protocols of etiquette through which we express this sentiment are called Reiho. The cultivation of the spirit of Rei is connected to the development of Jita-Kyoei (mutual benefit), an important tenet that was advocated by Kano Shihan. It is hoped that through Judo and learning the spirit of Rei, practitioners will become fine men and women who can carry the future.
In the Judo dojo, we are able to learn and engage in bouts because we have training partners. Therefore, we should take care to show them every courtesy. When entering a competition or cheering on others, we should suppress the desire to win at all costs, making reckless movements without caring if we cause injury, and mistreating our opponent. Because the Budo arts are mainly composed of fierce techniques and attacking movements, if the spirit of respect and harmony is neglected, the bout will descend into little more than a violent conflict. The expression "Budo begins with Rei and ends with Rei" emphasizes the spirit of respect needed to prevent such a regrettable occurrence, and is very important in Judo today. The stronger you become, the spirit of Rei and the attitude of Jita-Kyoei must be maintained all the more.
Unpleasantness directed towards you from a senior must not in turn be passed on to a junior. Offensive behavior emanating from a person in front of you should not be channeled back to a person behind you. It is true in many cases, however, that one comes to understand what is unacceptable only when it is done to them for the first time. Those who practice Judo should always consider whether or not their conduct towards others is causing discomfort or bother. The root of the spirit of Rei that we embody in Judo is precisely to respect others, and to not initiate acrimony. As a matter of courtesy, we demonstrate Rei to people above us, our peers, and those below us. Now, however, the Rei that we must earnestly reflect on is towards those whom we cannot directly see: that is, the Rei of civic virtue and positive social contribution.
In modern society, although we increasingly see and hear of actions that are lacking in the spirit of Rei, those engaged in Judo training more than anybody else should cultivate the fundamental attitude of Rei in the dojo. Without allowing Rei to diminish even a little, it is incumbent on us to continue holding in esteem its spirit in the course of our daily lives. I hope that this will become a model for society.

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  • The only martial arts school in Arizona that teaches Youth and Adults original, authentic and traditional Kododan Judo and Japanese Jujutsu for health, personal protection and competition. Kodokan Judo is great for the body, mind and spirit.
  • Located in Mesa, AZ a few minutes east of Phoenix, at the US 60 and Country Club (behind the Home Depot).
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  • Adult classes and practices: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings from 6:30 PM and Saturday mornings from 10:00 AM. 
  • Youth classes are Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM and Saturday mornings from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM. 
  • Expert instruction and training from Riki sensei a former USA, Japan and International competitor.
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