What is the Judo Moral Code?

The judo moral code is a set of ethics and values invented by Jigoro Kano. Judoka should uphold the moral code both on and off the mat.
The code is made up of eight values: courtesy, courage, honesty, honour, modesty, respect, self-control nd friendship.
Learning judo’s philosophy is as important as learning the judo throws.


Courtesy is the first point on the moral code. It means to be polite to others.

Dojo example: quietly listening to your sensei while he explains a technique shows courtesy.


Courage is a very important part of the code. It means to face difficulties with bravery. Everyone has their own difficulties and being courageous is different for each judoka.

Dojo example: asking someone who is bigger/stronger/better than you for a randori is a form of courage.


Next up in Jigoro Kano’s moral code is the value of honesty. Can you be sincere with your thoughts and actions? Do things that are morally correct. Act truthfully. All this is honesty,

Dojo example: owning up if you do something wrong and telling the truth.


Honour is an important value for every judoka to have. Do what is right and stand by your principles. Be someone who acts nobly and correctly.

Dojo example: compete within the rules, don’t cheat!


Modesty means to be without ego in your actions and thoughts. 

Being modest is the opposite of being arrogant.

Dojo example: accept your wins gracefully, without showing off or boasting.


Respect is the next value to add to our growing list of values that we must learn as judoka. Respect is basically the appreciation of others (and self-respect is appreciation of yourself.)

Dojo example: admire and appreciate your club mates when they do something well.

Self Control

The next point of the code is self-control. This means to be in control of your emotions. Judo can be an emotional sport. Can you deal with disappointment without self control? Without becoming rude or aggressive?

Dojo example: dealing with losing a contest in a graceful manner.


Lastly on the list is friendship. 

Being good companion and friend is something that will stand you in good stead all your life.

Dojo example: help one of your club mates learn a throw.

Dr Jigoro Kano

Sensei Jigoro Kano believed the Moral Code to be of the utmost importance in the development of a judoka. (Judo player)

His aim above all others was that judoka should become honourable and valuable members of the community they live in.

Life values of Judo

I believe in these values 100%. We try and act by them in our daily lives.
Judo is about being a lot more than being able to throw someone. Winning is great – but the way you win is what is truly important – and this is one of the most important judo life lessons I have learnt.