Judo is a tremendous and dynamic combat sport that demands both physical prowess and great mental discipline. From a standing position, it involves techniques that allow you to lift and throw your opponents onto their backs. On the ground, it includes techniques that allow you to pin your opponent’s down to the ground, control them, and apply various chokeholds or joint locks until submission.
The word judo consists of two Japanese characters, ju, which means “gentle”, and do, which means “the way”. Judo, therefore, literally means the way of gentleness.
But beyond the development of physical prowess and athletic ability, judo students learn much more. They learn how to control their feelings, emotions, and impulses though the judo moral code. They learn about values of perseverance, respect, loyalty, and discipline. Through their experience, they learn about politeness, modesty, and many other wonderful values that contribute to their development as successful citizens of society.
THE JUDO MORAL CODE:
The Judo Moral Code is a set of ethics created by the sport’s founder Jigoro Kano. He believed they were vital in the development of judo players and individuals both on and off the mat.
The code itself is made up of 8 parts:
Courtesy, Courage, Friendship, Honesty, Honor, Modesty, Respect, Self-Control
E. L. Beshimentob Mayfield
Sensie E. L. Beshimentob Mayfield, Sergeant Major, United States Marine Corps, Retired is Co-Founder, Head Sensei (Teacher), and Head Coach of Males of Mayfield’s Martial Arts Academy. He is Shichidan (7th Degree Black Belt) in Judo, a Hachidan (8th Degree Black Belt) in Neko Ryu Jiu Jitsu, and a Judan (10th Degree Black Belt) and Founder of “Combat Jiu Jitsu”. He holds a Baccalaureate of Science Degree in Sociology from Chapman University and a Masters Degree of Social Work (MSW) from Eastern Carolina University (ECU), Class of 2002. He was wounded three times in combat in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967. He was also a Drill Instructor, a Hand-to-Hand Combat Instructor, and an All-Marine and Inter-Service Judo competitor and champion from 1964-1970. In 1979, he returned to active duty and to actively coaching and competing for the Marine Corps. In 1984, he coached along with Lieutenant Colonel Paul Mauriyama, United States Air Force, Retired, the CISM (Council du International; Sports Militaire) and again in 1985, along with Gunnery Sergeant, USMC, Retired, Francisco “Chico” Ramirez (his student). In 1985, he successfully coached the most successful All-Marine Judo Team in its entire history which culminated with his personal coaching of Captain Douglas Berliner, USMCR, to the coveted Biddle Trophy for the All-Marine Grand Championship. He later, in 1996, was on the Sports Information Team at the Atlanta 100th Anniversary OLYMPIC GAMES. He also served USA Judo as a “Volunteer” member of the Ethics Committee, Coach Liaison, and as an organizer, teacher and leader of coaching and managing trainees. He has served as the “VOLUNTEER MILITARY REPRESENTATIVE and Advocate” for USA Judo, and all other Judo organizations assisting military judoka in America since the inception of United States Judo, Incorporated (USJI), Dba, USA Judo. The Sergeant Major is noted for having the longest continuous competitive record of any military competitor. He competed for fifty-one (51) continuous years (1959-2010) before being sidelined due to numerous back and total hip replacement surgeries needed to address the three Purple Heart injuries he received in combat in the Republic of Vietnam. After back fusion in 2010 and his 4th total replacement on his right hip in May of 2011, he is already back on the mat and is moving well with his students as he prepares them for their future