Welcome to judo for the world, which comes to you from the French capital Paris.
Once again this city plays host to one of the most exhilarating events on the world judo tour, the Paris Grand slam.
This year the grass slopes of the legendary Accor Hotels arena are covered in snow as Paris shivers from a cold snap, but inside the temperature was just as hot as usual, with thousands of fans filling the stadium to the rafters in anticipation of top class Judo.
We’ll witness the emergence of some phenomenal young talent as they step up to the mark under the spotlights.
We’ll bring you a special feature exploring France’s love affair with the sport of Judo..
Before returning to see if their current national heroes could raise the roof inside this iconic judo cauldron.
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.