MMA fighter Ronda Rousey is of English, Polish, Trinidadian & Venezuelan descent. Her Trinidadian great-grandfather was one of the first black doctors in Canada & her English-American mother holds a PhD & won the World Judo Championship in 1984. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
Theodore Roosevelt was the first American to earn a brown belt in judo. mentalfloss.com/article/1…
Kano Jigoro, the father of Judo, asked to be buried in his white belt to be remembered as a learner and not the black belt master that he was. randygravitt.com/are-you-…
Keanu Reeves trained for four months in karate for The Matrix. Later, he learned over 200 martial arts moves for Matrix Reloaded. He also learned Judo and Jujitso for John Wick. blackbeltmag.com/entertai…
Black belts were created in the 1880's in Judo to show that the student has mastered the basics of the art and would be ready for a more advanced form of training. This ranking system has worked very well in motivation the student, but it also has developed some problems. shuriway.co.uk/black.html
The famed Japanese concert hall Budokan is actually the home of karate and judo when Tokyo hosts the Olympics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
Ronda Rousey won a Bronze Medal in Judo at the 2008 Olympics. She was the first US woman to win one. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
Budokan, the Japanese concert venue, was built to host judo at the 1968 Olympics and will host judo and karate at the 2020 Olympics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nip…
- The finalists in the Dusseldorf World Judo Grand Slam fought so badly, they both came second. edition.cnn.com/2018/02/2…
Judo Medallist Dirk Van Tichlet was beaten up whilst he was celebrating his victory at Rio Olympics. dailystar.co.uk/news/late…
In 1959, Rena Kanokogi disguised herself as a man, entered a men's judo competition and won first place. Her medal was taken away after her victory when she admitted to being female, but it was awarded back to her in 2009. nydailynews.com/new-york/…
The 2020 Olympics will add more than two dozen new events to the games; including Surfing, Skateboarding, Sport Climbing, Co-Ed Team Judo, Two forms of Karate, and Co-Ed Doubles Table Tennis. teamusa.org/News/2018/Jul…
Teddy Roosevelt was an avid boxer and became the first American ever to receive a brown belt in Judo. He lined the White House basement with training mats and sparred with anyone that was willing including boxing champion John Sullivan, his wife, and a Swiss minister. mentalfloss.com/article/1…
During his childhood, Willie Nelson grew interested in martial arts. He ordered self-defense manuals on jujitsu and judo that he saw advertised in Batman and Superman comics. Nelson started to formally practice kung fu after he moved to Nashville, in the 1960s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
That the only woman ever in history to obtain a 10th degree black belt in Judo did so at the age of 97. She also continued teaching Judo 3x a week until she died at 99 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kei…
The first televised MMA fight occurred in 1963 when boxer Jim Beck offered $1,000 to any Judo practitioner (who he termed β€œJudo Bums”) that could beat a professional boxer. Gene Lebell took on the challenge, and won after choking out his opponent and leaving him unconscious for 20 minutes. blackbeltmag.com/daily/mi…
Today I learned of Rena Kanokogi, a judo practitioner who, disguised as a man, won a gold medal at the 1959 YMCA judo tournament only to have to return it upon the revelation of her gender. 50 years later, she finally got the medal back. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren…
After dropping boxing because he lost vision on his left eye American president Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt went on to become a Brown Belt in Judo fightland.vice.com/blog/t…
In 2008 Ronda Rousey became the first American woman to medal in Judo at the Olympics en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
During WWII, the Gestapo's most wanted person was Special Operations Executive agent Nancy Wake. Among her numerous exploits, she killed an SS soldier with a "judo-chop", to prevent him from raising the alarm during an undercover raid. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nan…
Steven Seagal was choked unconscious on a movie set by "Judo" Gene LeBelle, and Seagal shit himself. filmdrunk.uproxx.com/2012…
Today I learned of the Cotswold Olimpick Games; a public celebration of games and sports beginning in the 17th century in the Cotswolds, England. The Games are still held to this day, with events including tug-of-war, shin kicking, motorcycle racing, piano smashing, judo and poetry. olimpickgames.co.uk/histo…
During the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, on the 500th anniversary of the Alhambra Decreeβ€”which expelled the Jews from Spainβ€”Yael Arad became the first Israeli to win an Olympic medal, winning a silver medal in judo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/199…
Today I learned of Nancy Wake, a secret agent who served Britain during WW2 and who became the Gestapo’s most wanted person. Her exploits included judo-chopping a man to death, and cycling 310 miles undetected through German territory and checkpoints to replace codes which had been destroyed in a raid. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nan…
Israeli Judo fighters have often won medals due to Iranian/Arab opponents choosing to forfeit rather than compete against them timesofisrael.com/iranian…
The black belt in martial arts does not necessarily indicate expert level or mastery. It was introduced for judo in the 1880s to indicate competency of all of the basic techniques of the sport. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Japanese Police Officers are highly trained in judo and fencing. Beer bellies are non-existent and they hold annual contests in martial arts. guncite.com/journals/dkjg…
The Japanese practice of 'sepukku' or suicide by ritual self-disembowelment to save honour continues in the modern age. The last sepukku was by an olympic gold medalist in judo who killed himself in 2001 because his company suffered financial losses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isa…
To get Saudi Arabia to allow women competitors, The Olympics Committee invited a 16 year old girl to compete in the Olympics at Judo, despite being only having done Judo for 2 years, being only a blue belt, not qualified based off regional or international rankings. She lost in 82 seconds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woj…
A sleeping Nicolas Cage was once awoken by a strange presence. Cage awoke to find a half-naked man before his eyes, eating a fudgesicle and wearing his jacket. β€œIt sounds funny” Cage said, β€œbut it was horrifying”. Cage used β€œVerbal Judo” to get the man to leave. Cage then moved to the Bahamas. newsfeed.time.com/2011/09…
In Sega's final commercial for their Saturn mascot "Segata Sanshiro", he body blocks a nuclear missile directed at Sega HQ and rides it into space. When spoken quickly his name translates as 'You must play Sega Saturn', and his judo techniques cause enemies to explode. youtube.com/watch?v=yhrLr…
In Guam, any person who is an expert in karate, judo, or any similar martial art must register with the Department of Tax and Revenue. guamcourts.org/compilerof…
Theodore Roosevelt during a White House Luncheon, Put a Swiss minister in a judo hold and threw him to the floor. mentalfloss.com/article/1…
Vladimir Putin created an instructional martial arts DVD called, "Lets Learn Judo with Vladimir Putin" theguardian.com/world/200…
Patrick Stewart had a combover until a blackbelt in Judo held him down and cut it off youtu.be/VRZUy6S2hfM?t=3m…
North Korean border guards stand facing each other so that they cannot defect to the south, and South Korean border guards must be a black belt in Tae Kwon Do or Judo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joi…
The lead singer of Tool once judo-tossed and subsequently applied a rear naked choke to a fan, all while singing the song "Push it" youtube.com/watch?v=aNNrg…
Vladimir Putin co-authored a book on Judo. Yes, the PM of Russia. Oh, and he also holds a 6th dan black belt. amazon.com/Judo-History-P…
Joe Rogan earned his Black Belt in Taekwondo at the end of 15 and has since earned his 2nd Degree Black Belt, his Blue Belt in Judo, his Black Belt in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu, and his Black Belt in Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe…
When Ronda Rousey was a child she was a slow learner and described as "a sleeper" by her father in defense of her abilities. He told her she would "win the Olympics". She went on to become the first American woman to win an Olympic metal in Judo. mobile.nytimes.com/2008/0…
The oldest man to ever complete Royal Marine Commando training was a 55 year old anthropologist who then went to war with them. He has also run 11 London marathons and medaled in the UK university judo championships. menshealth.co.uk/living/m…
Willie Nelson is a fifth degree black belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul, a martial art that combines elements of Hapkido, Judo and Jiu Jitsu. nydailynews.com/entertain…
Ronda Rousey's mother, AnnMaria Rousey DeMars, was a top ranked Judo competitor and, in between completing her MBA and PHD, came out of retirement in 1984 to become the first American to win the World Judo Championships. worldwidedojo.com/traditi…
Tony Iommi, at a young age, began learning judo, karate, and boxing to protect him self from local gangs. He even dreamed of becoming a bouncer at a night club before becoming interested in music. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
Haruo Nakajima, the man who played Godzilla for nearly 20 years, was a blackbelt in Judo and used that expertise to choreograph early battle sequences. After retiring, he worked at a bowling alley. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
The last notable case of someone committing seppuku (ritualistic suicide) was by Judo Gold Medalist Isao Inokuma in 2001, who committed seppuku in shame because he led his company to financial failure slumpedover.com/did-you-k…
Hillary Wolf, star of "Big Girls Don't Cry...They Get Even" and Kevin McCallister's sister Megan in "Home Alone", was the Judo Junior World Champion in 1994 and represented the US in the '96 and '00 Olympics en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hil…
Despite his physical shortcomings, The Penguin is apparently a master of Judo batman.wikia.com/wiki/The…
In Guam, experts in karate, judo, or other martial arts are required to register with the the Department of Revenue and Taxation washingtonpost.com/news/v…
The heaviest olympian in London (and ever) is Ricardo Blas Jr. He weighs 218kg and is competing in the 100+kg Judo, so could be fighting people less than half his size! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
The last notable suicide by means of seppuku seems to have been world-class judo coach Isao Inokuma in 2001 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isa…
There is a martial art based on the fighting techniques of the Assiniboine and Plains Cree Indians, intermingled with techniques derived from judo, taekwondo, and hapkido called Okichitaw en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oki…
Not only is Vladmir Putin a badass at Judo, but that he LITERALLY wrote the book on it cracked.com/article_19128…
Borussa Dortmund's (Robert Lewandowski) top striker's father was judo champion of Poland, his mother is a professional volleyball player and his girlfriend won bronze in the 2009 karate world cup. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Karate originated in China around 1500 years ago and that Teddy Roosevelt built a judo gym at the White House.

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Vladimir Putin holds black belts in both Judo and Karate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vla…
Sensei Keiko Fukuda is the 1st woman to achieve a 10th degree blackbelt in Judo. At age 98. shine.yahoo.com/event/vit…

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