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Judo is a comparatively new and modern form of martial art from Japan. Conceptualized in 1882 by Jigoro Kano, he founded a school for the masses to learn the art of Judo. Kano's main competitor was the martial art form of Jujutsu. As opposed to Jujutsu, which was more focused only on the collection of physical techniques and their execution, Kano believed Judo had a philosophical context, which was closely based on the Chinese concept of Tao, or the path or the principle.
How It Works
Judo, like any other martial art form, is based on few basic techniques. These include, nage-waza (throwing techniques), katame-waza (grappling techniques) and atemi-waza (striking techniques). Judo practitioners are called Judoka, and their uniforms are called Judogi. Unlike other art forms, Judoka's main intention is to overpower an opponent without any significant risk of injury.
Another striking aspect of Judo is the Kata. Kata are pre-arranged patterns of techniques that highlight the basic principles of Judo and elucidate the philosophical fundamentals on which Judo is based.
Judo is now an internationally renowned martial art form, with competitions and championships being held across the globe at various levels. Judo became a men's Olympic sport in 1964 at Tokyo. The women's event was introduced in 1988 as a demonstration event, and an official medal event in 1992.
At this ongoing London Games, the Judo events started on July 28 and will go on till August 3.
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