London 2012 Guide to…Judo

JUDO was developed from an ancient Japanese art of hand-to-hand combat, know as jujitsu.

The aim of judo is to force your opponent to the floor as quickly as possible.

The Japanese are masters of this combat, with 35 Olympic golds to their name, by far the most. France lie in second with only 10.

Judo is popular worldwide, with over 13 million participants in 111 countries.

  • Judo in London

All 14 events are straight knock-out (not literally).

386 athletes will be taking part.

And Finally…

Look out for: blood. Not nice but with combat like this, it is inevitable.

Not to be confused with: people fighting in dressing gowns.

Useless but informative fact: a judo uniform is called a judogi, while a competitor is a judoka.

Judo in two words: brutal fighting.

Judo takes place at the Excel, from Saturday 28th July to Friday 3rd August.