Judo is a modern martial art originating in Japan. It was established by Jigoro Kano as a physical, mental, and moral pedagogy in 1882. Originally, the pedagogy was taught at Kano’s school and dojo in the Buddhist temple of Eisho-Ji. Two years later, the temple was named Kōdōkan, which is now known to be the headquarters of the worldwide Judo community.

In the years following its founding, the philosophy and pedagogy of Judo gained momentum and evolved into a significant combat sport. The first Judo Olympics for men could be witnessed at the 1964 Games in Tokyo, and Judo became an official medal event for women in 1992.

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