The aim of the experiential learning Judo Management method is indeed to benefit from the analogies between the two disciplines, judo and management. This combination of the two disciplines is an example of how we can draw inspiration from fields of knowledge that are apparently very different and unrelated in order to develop skills that help us to achieve our personal and professional objectives.
Judo, which is Japanese for “the way of flexibility”, was founded by Jigoro Kano at the end of the 19th century with eminently training purposes. To combat his physical weaknesses, Kano began practising ju-jitsu, a martial art without weapons developed by and for samurais, discovering through his practice that he was not only become stronger physically but also intellectually and therefore could apply it to his life experiences. That is why judo embodies, as well as the citius altius fortius (faster, higher, stronger) of the Olympic programme, which it has been part of since 1964, an additional intellectual and moral dimension, in the words of Jigoro Kano: “The main goal of Judo is to instil in the soul of man a spirit of respect for the principles of maximum efficiency, and prosperity and mutual aid to be applied to your life.“
Judo is not just storytelling, a tale to accompany the principles, tools and tasks of management, it is management in itself. It is learning to use resources effectively and efficiently. Using it as input and associating it with the appropriate input can achieve the desired effect. The key is to correctly associate the verbal message and the visual stimulus. The design of the event with a multi-sensory integration of information contributes to strengthen the message and enhances the learning experience.
Currently the judo management method, in addition to verbal and visual presentation, also combines performing judo exercises for non-judo practitioners, and in this way the participant focuses better and absorbs more content for which the event has been organised.
This is an innovative format that updates and provides training for professionals in a world that is constantly changing and becoming increasingly faster. There is no doubt that it is necessary to find proposals that break with rigid frameworks and events that resemble each other.