EXPLAINER: Judo at the Tokyo Olympics

What to know about judo competition at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020:

THE ABSOLUTE BASICS

  • Men and women compete in seven weight classes, ranging from under 60 kg to over 100 kg for men and from under 48 kg to over 78 kg for women.
  • Judo, that is to say “Gentle way,” involves throwing or knocking down an opponent, submitting them with a grip, or forcing them to submit with a joint lock or choke.
  • The athletes compete on 10m x 10m tatami mats and deploy one of the 100 techniques, including 68 nagewaza (throw) and 32 katamewaza (holding).
  • An athlete who scores “Ippon” – What can be achieved by throwing, submitting, or by holding an opponent down for 30 seconds – wins the fight immediately.
  • If the fight lasts four full minutes, the winner is determined on the number of points accumulated.

HOW MANY MEDALS?

there is 15 gold medal events in Tokyo, including 14 individuals and a team.

WHAT HAPPENED IN RIO?

Japan won three gold medals, followed by two each by France and Russia. A total of 126 nations competed in judo, winning 26 medals. Among the gold medalists, the French Teddy Riner defended his title in the men + 100kg

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT IN TOKYO?

Kiyomi Watanebe of the Philippines (white) takes on Oran Senetham of Thailand (blue) in the women's 63kg category of the 29th Southeast Asian Games judo competition

Kiyomi Watanabe of the Philippines (white) faces Oran Senetham of Thailand (blue) in the women’s 63kg category of the 29th judo competition of the Southeast Asian Games. POOL MEDIA PHOTO / CONTRIBUTED SEA GAMES

Riner will be aiming for his third consecutive Olympic gold medal, which would match the record held by Japan’s Tadahiro Nomura.

Kiyomi watanabe is the first Filipino female judoka to qualify for the Olympics. She wants to compete in the -63kg division. So she wants to be one of the Flag bearers of the Philippines for the opening ceremony of the Games.

WHAT’S UP?

A mixed team event will be introduced, involving teams of three male judokas and three female judokas.

The International Judo Federation (IJF) revised the rules in 2016 to shorten men’s bouts by one minute to make them more exciting. Fights now last four minutes for both men and women.

WHEN IS IT HAPPENING?

July 24 to 31.

WHERE IS IT?

This photo taken on September 7, 2019 shows a general view during the “Karate1 Premier League” competition at Nippon Budokan, a venue for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

This photo taken on September 7, 2019 shows a general view during the “Karate1 Premier League” competition at Nippon Budokan, a site for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. (Photo by Charly TRIBALLEAU / AFP)

Japanese Budokan, in the Chiyoda-ku district of Tokyo, originally built for the 1964 Tokyo Games.

HOW DID WE GET HERE?

Judo originated in Japan at the end of the 19th century and was introduced to the Olympics in Tokyo Games 1964, although only men are allowed to compete. A women’s competition was organized from Barcelona 1992.

WANT THAT

Judo has become the model for other modern Japanese martial arts and has given rise to a number of derivative martial arts around the world. He also influenced other styles of fighting such as shooting and submission wrestling.

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