This article outlines the background of the competition, the competitors, the motivations for this competition, the historical development of judo katas, and their importance to the correct study of judo. Although judo katas are an often neglected aspect of judo training, they preserve the oldest techniques of judo, including its classical jujutsu roots.
SOURCE: Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Vol. 17 No. 1 (2008): 10 pages.