The Malta Judo Federation is the official representative for Judo in Malta, affiliated to the International Judo Federation, European Judo Union, Maltese Olympic Committee and SportMalta. It is a non-profit, non-political Voluntary Organisation, recognised by the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector.
Judo was created in 1882 by Professor Jigoro Kano as an educational method derived from the martial arts, and became an official Olympic sport at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. It had been named as a demonstration sport at the 1940 Tokyo Olympic Games which were cancelled due to international conflict.
Judo is a highly codified sport in which the mind controls the expression of the body and is a sport which contributes to educating individuals.
Beyond competitions and combat, judo involves technical research, practice of katas, self-defense work, physical preparation and sharpening of spirit.
As a discipline derived from ancestral traditions, judo was designed by its Master Founder as an eminently modern and progressive activity.