The highpoint of any athlete’s career is to compete at the Olympic Games. The Games take place every four years and only those athletes who demonstrate incredible effort, resilience and an unwavering love for their sport are rewarded with a medal. Judo has been an Olympic discipline since 1964, and at least 15 years of hard work is required for judokas aiming for a medal.
A Japanese athlete called Jigoro Kano founded Judo in 1882. Some of his original rules are still used today. The Kodokan Centre in Tokyo is the biggest judo centre in the world. It is an eight-storey building with a dojo for men and one for women. It also houses an international dojo, a health club, a hostel and a museum that is proud to hold Jigoro Kano’s original kimono and the first judo scriptures. There is also a memorial sculpture of him at the entrance to the centre.