Judo or Jūdō (柔道, jūdō, meaning "gentle way") is a modern martial art and combat sport created in Japan in 1882 by Dr Kano Jigoro. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the object is to either throw one's opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue one's opponent with a grappling maneuver, or force an opponent to submit by joint locking or by executing a strangle hold or choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defenses are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata) and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice (randori).
Activities in the Festival:
Initiation workshop and exhibition for children.
Initiation workshop and exhibition for adults.
Fernando Blas’ demonstration.
Víctor Manuel Gaspar
- Master of Judo 9 Dan (maximum Dan awarded in Spain)
- Champion of Spain in lightweight category (1963 and 1964)
- Champion of Spain in all categories (1962)
- International Referee
In 1959 he settled in Bilbao to fill the position of Professor in the recent opened judo club, which later would become the Gaspar Judo Club. Pioneer in Bilbao, from the club have emerged great judo competitors and thousands of judoka have passed through its tatami. Recently, Gaspar has withdrawn from the direction of the Club, leaving it in charge of Unai Andonegui (2 º Dan), Gaspar’s student for more than 20 years.
More Information about Judo:
- Royal Spanish Judo Federation and sports partners
- International Judo Federation
- Kodokan Judo Institute