Judo history at the Olympics
Judo is one of the many forms of martial arts and is a branch of a much older martial art, jujitsu. Jujitsu began in the 1530s, and by the mid-1800s there were more than seven hundred different jujitsu systems. In 1882, Dr. Jigoro Kano, then president of the University of Education in Tokyo, Japan, the best and most effective techniques for the many forms of jujitsu to form marital arts called judo. Originally, judo was practiced in feudal Japan as a method of combat.
Judo students have for years benefited from learning this martial arts for reasons of fitness, conditioning, knowledge of self-defense and greater confidence. However, Judo was not included in the Olympic Games as a competitive sport before the 1964 Tokyo, Japan. At this time, only twenty-seven countries participated in judo events. Only men were allowed to compete in judo competitions, and there were three weight categories. Judo’s popularity as an Olympic event has grown significantly over the years. Women had the opportunity to compete in judo events at the Barcelona Olympics, Spain in 1992. Seven weight categories for men and women were available in 1992, with the categories of men ranging from 60 to more than 100 kg and categories of women in the range of 48 to more than 78 kg.
The popular sportswear manufacturer, Adidas, is the official partner for the 2008 Olympic Games, organized by Beijing, China. Adidas will provide sportswear staff, volunteers and officials in the Olympic Games. Members of the Chinese Olympic team also receive Adidas sportswear. Adidas is known around the world for the manufacture of sportswear and equipment for the best known sports, such as basketball and athletics, and also manufactures judo uniforms and supplies.
Like other martial arts, Judo requires special clothing, supplies, combat equipment and protective gear. Judo uniforms are made for comfort and mobility. It is important that judo uniforms do not hamper the speed or concentration of the student or judo competitor. During judo training, training equipment and protective equipment are used to allow the student to mimic judo movements without causing harm. Although judo does not use the most powerful movements of other martial arts, there is still the possibility that the student will suffer an injury during training. The protective equipment includes mouthguards, padded headgear and chest and stomach protectors. The Judo Practitioner Training Team includes padded shields that the training partner can hold. This helps prevent injury to the training partner for more information visit this website
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