- Men's Judo has been in the Olympics since
1964; women's Judo was a demonstration sport in 1988 Seoul Olympics
and has been a full medal sport since the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
- Judo is the most widely practiced martial
art in the world, and is the second most practiced sport worldwide
(soccer is #1).
- Judo is always one of the first Olympic events
to sell out of tickets, and more countries participate in Judo
than all other Olympic sports, except Track and Field. There are
197 memeber nations in the International Olympic Committee and
182 of them are members of the International Judo Federation.
- According to the American College of Sports
Medicine, Judo is the safest contact sport for children under
the age 13.
- WWF Wrestler "Bad News Brown" is
Allen Coage 1976 Olympic Bronze Medalist, and actress Hillary
Wolf (Home Alone I & II) is also a Judo Olympian for the USA.
- U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell was captain
of the 1964 Olympic Judo Team.
- President Theodore Roosevelt became a Brown
Belt in Judo during his administration and actor James Cagney
was a Black Belt in Judo.
- The Red and White Judo tournament was started
by Jigoro Kano in 1884 and continues today as one of the longest
running sports events in the world, predating the Modern Olympic
Games by 12 years.