Sports men, women and members of the public have been called upon to embrace the virtues of judo, not only as a sport but more as a way of life.
The call was made at the celebration of the World Judo Day held on October 28 at the Dojo Hall of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Rowe Park, Yaba, by the Lagos State Judo Association.
Speaking at the occasion, Mr Bolaji Yusuf, South West Representative of the Nigeria Judo Federation emphasised on the tenets of the sport and the need to grow the the culture of judo across Lagos and the nation.
“Our belief is modified by the pillars of judo, which include resilience, honour, respect and courage which is the theme of this year’s celebrations,” Yusuf said.
“For the uninitiated, judo is a martial art. For us, judo is a way of life. I congratulate the judo family all over the world and challenge them to take the gospel of judo as a way of life to every doorstep.”
With over thirty judo athletes in attendance, the event kicked off with the traditional “Uchikumi” which means practising of techniques. This was followed by ” Kumikata” – the breaking of opponent’s grips to get ones own and was concluded with ” Randori” – a mock competition .
Judo which was founded by Japanese Professor Gikoro Kano is globally celebrated on 28 since 1882.