Jujitsu was the combat technique of ancient samurai warriors, and involved throwing and pinning opponents. Judo was developed in the 1880s.

Judo and the Olympics

Judo derived from another combat form – jujitsu. Jujitsu was the combat technique of ancient samurai warriors, and involved throwing and pinning opponents. Judo was developed in the 1880s. The word “ju-do” is Japanese for “the way of suppleness,” and refers to the story of trees that bend under snow but do not break. Judo appeared at the 1964 Tokyo Games and was permanently added at the 1972 Munich Games.

The 2012 London Games offered fourteen gold medals in the following events: -60kg men; 60-66kg men; 66-73kg men; 73-81kg men; 81-90kg men; 90-100kg men; 100+ kg men; -48kg women; 48-52kg women; 52-57kg women; 57-63kg women; 63-70kg women; 70-78kg women; and 78+ kg women. The competition was held July 28 through August 3.

MSU Judo Team Members

Judo at Michigan State

Judo is a club sport at Michigan State because it is not a recognized competitive sport by the NCAA. MSU’s team is instructed by Don Flagg, Jongoon (Jay) Kim, and Tom Sheehan. The club was founded in 1960 by Jay Kim. MSU is one of the top training facilities in the nation. We have hosted two collegiate national tournaments, among other competitions. The judo team was kind enough to provide a few Beneath the Pines photos of their team at work.

MSU Judo Team Members and Coaching Staff
MSU Judo Team
Judo Practice


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