Judo originated in Japan in 1882. Its also in the Olympics.

The next best score is a waza-ari, which is a half point in that the award of two waza-ari in a bout is the same as ippon, and hence the winner is declared. Waza-ari is awarded for lesser throws than those scoring ippon, and for immobilising the opponent for less than the time required to score ippon. Two players play at once.


The duration of matches is also dependent on the age of the competitors. Match length is typically three minutes for children, five minutes for teenagers and young adults, and three minutes for 'masters' (adults thirty years of age or older).

Tape is used for equitment along with a mat and uniforms. The uniforms include pants, a jacket and a belt tied at the waist.

The competition area is a minimum of 14m x 14m and a maximum of 16m x 16m and is covered by tatamis or similarly acceptable green material. The competition area is divided into two zones. The contest area is a minimum of 8m x 8m or a maximum of 10m x 10m. Surrounding the contest area is a 1m wide danger zone. The safety area outside the danger zone is 3m wide.

In Judo competition the objective is to score an ippon (one full point). Once such a score is obtained the competition ends. An ippon can be scored by one of the following methods: Executing a skillful throwing technique which results in one contestant being thrown largely on the back with considerable force or speed.

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 "Judo at the Summer Olympics." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2016.

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Citation Page 2: "Judo." Judo. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2016.

"Tournament Guide." Tournament Guide. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2016.

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