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Judo originated in Japan in the year 1882, when its founder, Jigoro Kano, a the age of 22, opened the first Judo institute named the Kodokan Judo Dojo. Kano was a student of Jujitsu at the age of 18 and after four years of study began to establish Judo as a national art.

It was at the turn of the 19th century when Judo began to expand globally. The United States first came into contact with Judo in 1889. Kano made a number of trips overseas to teach the educational value of Judo to foreign dignateries most of whom sent professors to Japan for instruction. Today, modern Judo is one of the most widley participated sports in the world. In 1964 it was added to the Olympic Games and now includes men's and women's divisions.