Judo is a Japanese martial art and combat sport that was developed in the late 19th century by Jigoro Kano. It emphasizes throwing and grappling techniques to take down opponents and immobilize them with joint locks or chokes. Judo also includes training in striking techniques, although these are not typically used in competition.
Judo is known for its emphasis on skill and technique over brute strength, making it accessible to people of all ages and sizes. It is also recognized as an Olympic sport, with competitions held at both the national and international level. In addition to its practical applications in self-defense and sport, Judo is also valued for its focus on character development, including discipline, respect, and perseverance.
Judo has become a popular martial art worldwide, with millions of practitioners in over 190 countries. It is often taught in schools and universities, and is also used by law enforcement and military personnel for its practical self-defense techniques.
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