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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judoist \ ˈjü-​ˌdō-​ist How to pronounce judo (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.

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Recent Examples on the Web At first, Putin, a judo expert who has not been shy about being photographed bare-chested, appeared interested in bringing Russia closer to the West. Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2022 Photos have circulated of the Russian leader playing hockey, hunting shirtless and taking opponents down on the judo mat. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2022 Igor’s father, Arkady, one of Putin’s former judo sparring partners, sold the pipeline firm in 2019 for about $1.3 billion. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Feb. 2022 Neumark has been wrestling since third grade and was preparing for success in the sport even before that, picking up judo in kindergarten. Steve Millar, chicagotribune.com, 28 Jan. 2022 This sort of rhetorical judo is best seen on 2020’s Thank You For GTL, the album Drakeo recorded over the phone from MCJ while awaiting his retrial. Paul Thompson, Vulture, 23 Dec. 2021 Five victories and Brown would become the second American to earn an Olympic judo gold medal. Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2021 Judo teacher Tomoo Hamana helps protect the neck of a new student during a judo lesson at Hamana Dojo in Oiso town, west of Tokyo on Oct. 1, 2020. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Oct. 2021 Anthony travels a lot for his judo tournaments, and Kelly began going with him. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 27 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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1 May 2022

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“Judo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/judo. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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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