ju·​do | \ ˈjü-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce judo (audio) \

Definition of judo

: a sport developed from jujitsu that emphasizes the use of quick movement and leverage to throw an opponent

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Other Words from judo

judoist \ -​ˌō-​ist How to pronounce judoist (audio) \ noun

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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.

Examples of judo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Guests can see judo, a samurai warrior display, traditional dance, and ballet choreography of Chiaki Yasukawa, former leading artist for the Orlando Ballet for 18 years. Tiffini Theisen, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando Japan Festival highlights traditional music and dance, food, martial arts, kimono try-ons and more," 8 Nov. 2019 Jack Hatton, a member of the U.S. national judo team and a 2020 Olympic hopeful, died at the age of 24, USA Judo announced in a statement on Wednesday. Jenna West, SI.com, "USA Judo's Jack Hatton, 2020 Olympic Hopeful, Dies at Age 24," 26 Sep. 2019 Un trío de bellas agentes, campeonas de judo, va a un pueblo en busca de un traficante. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019," 22 Sep. 2019 North Korea has ignored South Korea’s calls to organize combined teams in field hockey, basketball, judo and other sports for the qualifying rounds for the Tokyo Olympics. San Diego Union-Tribune, "North Korea holds South Korea to 0-0 in World Cup qualifier," 15 Oct. 2019 Swimming, taekwondo, speedskating and judo — all had experienced crises over their failure to handle abuse claims properly before Nassar's crimes came to light. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Report: DOJ investigating FBI, Olympic organizations' handling of sex abuse complaints," 13 Sep. 2019 Perhaps not since Deion Sanders has a player judo-flipped the league so effectively to gain career leverage. Sally Jenkins, courant.com, "Jenkins: Don’t blame Antonio Brown for putting himself first. No one else was going to.," 10 Sep. 2019 Ferreira goes for a takedown but Taisumov reverses with a judo throw. Todd Martin, Los Angeles Times, "UFC 242 live updates: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Dustin Poirier," 7 Sep. 2019 The open mat/seminar will feature Dave Camarillo, a judo and jiu-jitsu black belt and UFC coach, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Caio Terra. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, "Spirit of ’45: eBay helps collectors save World War II memories," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of judo

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for judo

Japanese jūdō, from weakness, gentleness + art

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13 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Judo.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/judo. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of judo

: a sport developed in Japan in which opponents attempt to throw or wrestle each other to the ground


ju·​do | \ ˈjü-dō How to pronounce judo (audio) \

Kids Definition of judo

: a sport developed in Japan in which opponents try to throw or pin each other to the ground

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