Definition of judo
: a sport developed from jujitsu that emphasizes the use of quick movement and leverage to throw an opponent
judoistplay \-ˌō-ist\ noun
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The Games boast a wide array of sports, from basketball, baseball and lacrosse to judo, roller hockey and archery, and are open to any team or competitor.
There were no girls at all, not even training jiu-jitsu or judo.
Three Alaska judo competitors took home four medals over the weekend at the Junior Olympic National and International Championships in Spokane, Washington.
The International Olympic Committee added mixed-gender relays in swimming, track and triathlon, plus mixed team events in archery and judo.
On the judo mat, Rotenberg seized the championship trophy and gave it a kiss.
In the mid-nineties, Shestakov and a few others approached Putin, who was then the vice-mayor of St. Petersburg, with the idea of creating a professional judo club in the city.
Yet the as the judo-loving Russian president knows all too well, a smaller opponent, if skilled, nimble and determined, can easily topple a bigger and stronger one.
For the 2012 London Olympics, the International Olympic Committee and the International Judo Federation agreed to allow Saudi judo player Wojdan Shahrkhani to compete while wearing a headscarf.
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Judo is a martial art that emphasizes the use of quick movement and leverage to throw an opponent. Its techniques are generally intended to turn an opponent's force to one's own advantage rather than to oppose it directly. The opponent must be thrown cleanly, pinned, or mastered through the application of pressure to arm joints or the neck. Judo evolved out of the older martial art jujitsu in late-19th-century Japan, but it is now practiced primarily as sport. It became an Olympic sport for men in 1964; women's judo was added in 1992.
Origin and Etymology of judo
Japanese jūdō, from jū weakness, gentleness + dō art
First Known Use: 1889See Words from the same year
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Definition of judo for English Language Learners
: a sport developed in Japan in which opponents attempt to throw or wrestle each other to the ground
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Definition of judo for Students
: a sport developed in Japan in which opponents try to throw or pin each other to the ground
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