Judo's moral code is a set of eight values and ethics, and was created by the sport's founder Jigoro Kano. All judoka should strive to uphold the code, both in and out of competition.


A judoka must face their challenges bravely. There are two types of courage - physical courage and moral courage. 

Physical courage means facing pain head-on, while moral courage is the ability to act when faced with shame, scandal, discouragement or personal loss.

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Respect is at the very heart of the practice of judo. It is demonstrated most notably though the use of bowing. 

Examples of respect include good sportsmanship to your opponent, appreciating the word of coaches and keeping training areas and dojos clean.

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Judoka should conduct themselves without ego and speak about themselves without pride or showing off. 

It is important that self-appreciation is restrained and in moderation, including on the mat.

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The value of honesty and always speaking and acting truthfully. 

For example, a coach must speak the truth if an athlete is performing poorly, and the athlete must accept this truth and strive to be better.

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Judo connects people all over the world and helps form lasting friendships. 

A judo dojo provides the necessary conditions for friendships, as they are places of support, listening, commitment, trust, honesty and confidence. 

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Honour is a set of moral principles that encourages you to never perform an action that destroys your self-esteem or that of others. 

It is important to act nobly and correctly, while competing fairly within the rules.

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As well as simple courtesies such as saying hello, goodbye and thank you - politeness covers being able to listen and respect others, while still being able to reassert who you are.

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Self Control

The ability to be able to keep your anger and other emotions under control. 

This "zen" attitude is an important skillset for any judoka to master.