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Judo originated in Japan in 1882 when its founder, Dr. Jigoro Kano, an educator and statesman, decided to transform the ancient art of ju-jitsu into a modern sport. Mixing ju-jitsu's techniques with western physical education ideals, Dr. Kano created a philosophical basis by which certain principles could be emphasized and learned through physical training.
The activity involves the learning of falling techniques (ukemi), throwing techniques (tachiwaza), and ground techniques (newaza).
As in all sports, judo has a strict set of rules that governs competition and ensures safety. For those who want to test their skills, judo offers the opportunity for competition at all skill levels, from club to national tournaments, to the Olympic Games. There are separate weight divisions for men and women, and boys and girls. Judo is regarded as one of the most respected martial arts in the world and as a sport is second only to soccer in popularity.
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