Created as a Sport in 1882 by Dr. Jiguro Kano in Japan, Judo became a formidable system when adopted by the police force in Japan in the late 19th Century. Now, an Olympic Event, Judo is practiced by thousands of Judoka around the world. It is one of the few full contact martial arts that can be practice in a safe manner with minimal risk of injury when practiced by healthy individuals who are cognizant of the rigors of training for events such as judo.
Judo is a sport with rules. Commonly called "jacket wrestling", judo players struggle to "off-balance" one another in a timed and scored match. A match can be won, by throwing your opponent to his/her back with skill, power, and control. It can also be won by forcing your opponent to submit due to pain compliance, or threat of suffocation. A match which continues through the end of the contest is won through a point scoring program.
Judo is one of the most difficult arts to attain a black belt. It is typical under the watchful eyes of a qualified Sensei, to take 3-5 years before attaining the level of "expert student". A Shodan Black Belt is considered an expert student. Judo is the only part of the Little Dragon curriculum that can be viewed as Sport.