VIDEO: Watch This Action Heavy Fight Between Ronda Rousey vs Judo
UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey donated $30,000 to the Instituto Recao, a judo school and “social project” where hundreds of children take part in judo lessons and an interdisciplinary program meant to help them physically and cognitively. On Tuesday, Rousey donated the championship belt she earned Saturday in Rio at UFC 190 to the school, where it will stay.
Rousey kept the designation in the United States with her 34-second KO win, but wants the belt to remain in Brazil to inspire the children at Instituto Recao. “Bethe did have one thing right,” she said last week.
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.