Tomorrow is World Judo Day, the third year the sport is being celebrated officially by the International Judo Federation. We bring you a selection of pictures that showcase the dexterity of the martial art. Pics/Getty Images
Education, respect and perseverance
The International Judo Federation is organizing World Judo Day, for the third year in a row. It is held on October 28, the birth anniversary of Master Jigoro Kano, who created judo in 1882.
ALL IN A TANGLE: Jodie Caller (white) of Great Britain and Katerina Dotcenko (blue) of Russia compete in the women’s Judo -57 kg during the European Youth Olympic Festival held at Jaarbeurs, Utrecht, in The Netherlands, earlier this year
Cross-legged: Marc Odenthal of Germany (white) fights Erkin Doniyorov of Uzbekistan during the men’s team final match of the IJF World Judo Championship in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last month
Federation president Marius Vizer says in a message on the IJF’s website, “Master Jigoro Kano wanted to create a means of education and he did it. This is the foundation of our discipline.”
Taking the plunge: Germany’s Miryam Roper (left) competes with France’s Automne Pavia in the women’s 57kg category repechage of the IJF World Judo Championship in August at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
INEXTRICABLE: Anzu Yamamoto (white) of Japan, competes against Brazil’s Rafaela Silva to Brazil during their women’s -57kg team match during the World Judo Championship in September at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This year the theme of World Judo Day is Perseverance. Today, more than 20 million people practise judo around the world. The IJF has 200 national member federations and five continental unions.
TATAMI THANKS: Rafaela Silva of Brazil celebrate the victory and a gold medal in the -57 kg women’s category during the World Judo Championship in August at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil