Seal of the AJJF
The symbols on the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation Seal accurately represent the primary goals and objectives of our organization. (large version)
The shield is a representation of the traditional American shield as well as a symbol of our national heritage and allegiance.
The small triangle is the Olympic trademark which also represents the goal of our training harmonious development and strengthening of body, mind and spirit.
The L represents loyalty as well as love of God and all beings.
The F stands for friendship, fraternity and fellowship with others.
The S represents service, sportsmanship and the concept of building a spiritual harmony among all our members.
The word Judo is used in the same context that Professor Okazaki used it in his Esoteric Principles of Judo. He said,
Since the fundamental principles acquired through the practice of Jujitsu have been elevated to a finder moral concept called Judo, the “Way of Gentleness”, it may well be said that the primary objective of practicing Judo is Perfection of Character.
The handshake is a universal symbol of friendship and good will. This symbol accurately describes the spirit that our Founder, Professor Okazaki, declared was inherent in the Hawaiian word kokua — to help one another.