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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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.
Comic book artists cast him as a judo-chopping comic book hero, battling the twin evils of terrorism and public protest.
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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: 1889
JUDO Defined for English Language Learners
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
JUDO Defined for Kids
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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