During this three-day course, we will start from scratch. It starts with position and movement. The camp manages to become a cultural lesson, as it should be in the Dojo during the week. Knowing how to move, how to sit, how to stand are important things that don’t trouble us in the external relationships which we all have.
Judo is based, essentially, on three cultures: Shobu Ho, the defence attack; Rentai Ho, physical education and respect for your body; and Sushin Ho, the evolution of Man’s intellect and spirituality.
Jigoro Kano, Judo’s founder, used four basic pillars to put these three cultures into practice. Two pillars cover the practical side (Randori and Kata) and two pillars cover the intellectual side (Koji and Mondo).
In Kata, we study the principles. In Randori, the principles become evident. In Koji and Mondo, concerning intellectual exploration, Koji is reflection through conferences and Mondo is questions-and-answers. In the first, the student is stimulated to review and reflect, and in the second the student can ask questions and the Judo Master will answer.
Judo is practised the world over but, however, remains an illustrious stranger. That is why we feel the need to relive it in its very essence: the gentle way.
Judo’s aim is ultimately the improvement of Man and Society.