The word Judo consists of two Japanese characters, “Ju”, which means "gentle", and “Do”, which means "the way". Judo, therefore, literally means “the way of gentleness”. People who practice Judo are called Judoka.
Practiced today by 200 million individuals in over 20 countries, Judo is one of the most popular sports in the world. Judo is a part of the physical education systems of many countries, and practiced in local clubs, primary & secondary schools, colleges, regional and national training centres, and in many other areas in Ireland, Europe and across the world.