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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. In order to qualify to be a police officer in Japan, the student must obtain a black belt in Judo. In addition, courses are given in calligraphy, flower arrangement, tea ceremony, poetry writing, and Japanese flute to sensitize a police officer to the artistic side of human nature.

  4. Keanu Reeves trained for four months in karate for The Matrix. Later, he learned over 200 martial arts moves for Matrix Reloaded and also learned Judo and Jujitso for John Wick.

  5. In 1984 Summer Olympics Judo final, Egypt's Mohamed Ali Rashwan lost to Japan's Yasuhiro Yamashita who previously tore a right calf muscle. Rashwan did not aim for Yamashita's right leg because he did not regard that as a fair play. He won an award from the International Fairplay Committee.

  6. When Nicolas Cage was sleeping at his home, he was awoken by a presence. Cage awoke to find a naked man before his eyes, eating a fudgesicle and wearing his jacket. "It sounds funny" Cage said, "but it was horrifying". Cage used "Verbal Judo" to get the man to leave. Cage now lives on an island.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

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The first televised MMA fight occurred in 1963 when boxer Jim Beck offered $1,000 to any Judo practitioner (who he termed “Judo 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.

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.

Steven Seagal once claimed he could get out of any chokehold. Answering the challenge in 1991, Judo practitioner Gene LeBell choked Seagal out, causing him to shit his pants.

In 2008 Ronda Rousey became the first American woman to medal in Judo at the Olympics

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.

Japanese Police Officers are highly trained in judo and fencing. Beer bellies are non-existent and they hold annual contests in martial arts.

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.

The finalists in the Dusseldorf World Judo Grand Slam fought so badly, they both came second.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Budokan, the Japanese concert venue, was built to host judo at the 1968 Olympics and will host judo and karate at the 2020 Olympics.

Israeli Judo fighters have often won medals due to Iranian/Arab opponents choosing to forfeit rather than compete against them

During the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, on the 500th anniversary of the Alhambra Decree—which expelled the Jews from Spain—Yael Arad became the first Israeli to win an Olympic medal, winning a silver medal in judo.

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. “It sounds funny” Cage said, “but it was horrifying”. Cage used “Verbal Judo” to get the man to leave. Cage then moved to the Bahamas.

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.

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

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

Ronda Rousey was only 17 when she qualified for the Olympics in Judo.

The last known 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

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.

The black belt in martial arts does not indicate any type of mastery. It was for judo in the 1880s to indicate competency of all the basic techniques of the sport. Promotion beyond black belt varies among different martial arts (For example the highest rank in Judo is a solid red belt.).

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.

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.