Local judo athlete Alex Gagnon topped the podium once more in U21 women’s -63 kg with a gold medal following three straight wins during the Edmonton International Judo Championships. In senior women’s category she lost in overtime in the gold medal match to a fellow athlete she trains with in Lethbridge. Click Here to Read More
Judo (meaning "gentle way") is a modern martial art, combat and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano . Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defenses are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata,) and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice. A judo practitioner is called a judoka.