judo

noun
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 \ 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 Pack a take-down, traditional bow as well as carbon-fiber arrows with broadheads and judo tips. Jim Baird, Field & Stream, "How to Assemble the Ultimate Bug-Out Kit for Long-Term Wilderness Living," 1 Dec. 2020 Among the organizations receiving grants: USA Judo received $21,600 for a 2019 pilot judo program that was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "LA84 Foundation awards $1.3 million in grants to help youth sports organizations," 29 Oct. 2020 In concert and in the videos, Roth did ridiculous yet awesome judo moves and Eddie never stopped smiling. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Van Halen’s Sound of Sex," 6 Oct. 2020 Emirati officials had allowed Israeli officials to visit in recent years and the Israeli national anthem was played after an athlete won gold in an Abu Dhabi judo tournament. Aron Heller, Star Tribune, "Israelis eager to tighten ties to UAE after historic accord," 17 Aug. 2020 Emirati officials also have allowed Israeli officials to visit and the Israeli national anthem was played after an athlete won gold in an Abu Dhabi judo tournament. Arkansas Online, "President Trump says UAE to open diplomatic ties with Israel," 13 Aug. 2020 Emirati officials also have allowed Israeli officials to visit and the Israeli national anthem was played after an athlete won gold in an Abu Dhabi judo tournament. Jon Gambrell, Anchorage Daily News, "Israel and United Arab Emirates agree to open diplomatic relations," 13 Aug. 2020 Emirati officials also have allowed Israeli officials to visit and the Israeli national anthem was played after an athlete won gold in an Abu Dhabi judo tournament. Jon Gambrell, chicagotribune.com, "Trump: UAE to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel to halt annexation of occupied lands," 13 Aug. 2020 In an act of political judo, presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden's campaign is using President Trump’s greatest strength against him: the ability to dominate media coverage at all times. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "'Sleepy' Joe Biden's judo campaign," 30 July 2020

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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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“Judo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/judo. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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judo

noun

English Language Learners Definition of judo

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

judo

noun
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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