Lima 2019 is getting ready to welcome the best judokas from Latin America and the Americas during the XVIII edition of the Pan American Games.
Judo is a combat sport, where the athlete uses the strength of his opponent against himself. It is considered one of the main martial arts styles and one of the most practiced in the world today. The combat lasts five minutes, and it consists of facing two opponents called judokas. The objective is to score points by knocking down the opponent on a soft surface called tatami through the correct use of holds, throws and movements.
Among the team that have reached a spot in the historical standing are Cuba, the USA, Brazil, Canada, Argentina, Mexico, Ecuador, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Haiti, Uruguay, Chile, El Salvador, Honduras, and Peru.
Judo was developed from the martial art of jujitsu and established as a sport in Japan in 1882. It evolved from a combat art and emphasizes balance, reflex, power, flexibility and coordination.
Hajime: The referee’s command to start a judo bout.
Ippon: The maximum score awarded to a judoka which results in an immediate end to the combat.
Judogi: A judo competitive uniform.
Judoka: A judo competitor.