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An Olympic sport since 1964, judo is derived in part from jujitsu, the hand-to-hand combat technique of ancient samurai warriors.

Developed by Dr Jigoro Kano in the 1880s, judo came into the Olympic family when Japan chose to add it, being the host country, to the Tokyo 1964 Games. Out of the original four weight classes, the hosts promptly won three.

Women's judo came into the Olympic Games at Barcelona 1992.

Judo - Olympic Competition

Men and women compete in seven weight classes each.

Men's contests last five minutes, while women's last four.

After being divided into two pools by a draw, judoka then compete in a single-elimination tournament.

Each contest last five minutes. If the score is equal after five minutes, the contest goes into 'golden score', where the next score or penalty wisn the bout.

Two bronze medals are awarded in Judo.

To determine them, all judoka who lose to one of the two pools' semi-finalists fall into a further single-elimination bracket within the same groups. The winner in each of those groups faces the runner-up of the opposite group in the matches for bronze.

Men Women
over 100kg (heavyweight)
90-100kg (half-heavyweight)
81-90kg (middleweight) Men
73-81kg (half-middleweight)
66-73kg (lightweight)
60-66kg (half-lightweight)
under 60kg (extra-lightweight)
over 78kg (heavyweight)
70-78kg (half-heavyweight)
63-70kg (middleweight)
57-63kg (half-middleweight)
52-57kg (lightweight)
48-52kg (half-lightweight)
under 48kg (extra-lightweight)

Judo Scoring

An ippon (10 points) wins the contest. This is acheieved by throwing an opponent flat on their backs with control and force, by holding them down for 25 seconds, or by a stranglehold or arm lock until submission.

Below the Ippon, various scores are awarded.

Waza-ari (7 points):
Awarded for almost getting an Ippon -- throwing an opponent on their back but without control and force or holding them down for 20-24 seconds. Two waza-ari scores by a competitor are the equivalent of an ippon and end the contest.

Yuko (5 points):
Awarded if a player made a throw but their opponent landed on their side instead of flat on their backs or a hold for between 15-19 seconds.

Koka (3 points):
Awarded for a throw onto the thigh or buttocks or a hold for between 10 and 14 seconds.

Yuko and Koka scores are not cumulative, so the competitor needs to secure a better throw.

Judo - Olympic Greats

16-year-old Sun-Hui Kye caused a major upset when she stepped out of North Korea for the first time, to compete in the Atlanta 1996 Olympics, and defeated Japan's Ryoko Tamura (who entered the final with an 84-match winning streak) in the extra-lightweight division of women's judo.

Sun-Hi Kye moved up to the half-lightweight division at Sydney 2000 and came away with a bronze.

David Douillet, of France, is the first judoka to win three medals in judo's heavyweight category. Douillet followed his bronze in Barcelona 1992 with gold medals at the Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Olympics.

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Judo Links

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The International Judo Federation.

National Judo Associations

British Judo Association:
Everything you need to know about the Olympic and Paralympic judo squads including biographies, pictures, fact sheets and news.

Confederação Brasileira de Judô: (Brazil).

Deutscher Judobund: (Germany).

Fédération Française de Judo: (France).

Judo Canada:
The first dojo in Canada was opened in Vancouver in 1924, but it was not until the 1930's that more numerous judo schools began to appear. During World War II, the Japanese and Canadians of Japanese origin were relocated to the east of the Rocky Mountains. As a result of this relocation judo spread across the country.

Judo Federation of Australia:
Judo in Australia is not a large or high profile sport like football, tennis, golf or swimming. However, all associated with the sport, be they officials, players or spectators, are committed, dedicated and involved with a fierce passion.

US Judo:
The national governing body for the sport of judo in the United States. No black belt for the site though.

Judo Information

Judo Champions and Athletes:
Links to top judo athletes.

Judo Competition:
What to expect at a judo tournament, World Championship and Olympic judo results, requirements for a competition judogi and the competition area, a brief guide to tournament rules, the list of penalties, judo games, training drills and judo tournament and event calendars.

Judo Techniques:
'Thus the principle of Judo, from the very beginning, is not one of aggression, but of flowing with things'. -- Carl B. Becker, The Martial Arts Reader.

Judo Terms:
Know your Ai-yotsu from your Yusei Gachi, or as they say: 'Chiri mo tsumori yamato nari' - Even specks of dust when collected can form a mountain.

What is Kodokan Judo:
Judo is many things to different people. It is a fun sport, an art, a discipline, a recreational or social activity, a fitness program, a means of self-defence or combat, and a way of life. It is all of these and more.

Judo Links

Judo Inside:
Judo specialist Hans van Essen brings you the latest information from a variety of locations with extensive reports and results at the worlds major events.

Judo Photos:
Created by David Finch as a judo editorial stock photo library, Judo Photos Unlimited (JPU) has been in existence since 1973 recording European, World and Olympic Judo. Currently JPU contributes to several international judo publications in Germany, Russia, USA, Hungary, Italy, Holland and Great Britain.

Kodokan Judo Institute:
In 1882, Professor Jigoro Kano adopted the superlative parts of all the Jujitsu schools, got rid of precarious parts, and established the new Kodokan Judo based on his own insight and arrangement.

Koka Kids:
A junior judo magazine that aims to be more than a magazine by teaching kids about judo in a fun way; sparking an enthusiasm for judo and getting kids more involved in their judo.

The World of Judo Magazine:
The official magazine of the British Judo Association.

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