The karate mouse, Geronimo Stilton
This is an exciting book about Geronimo Stilton doing something new – karate! He has to go in a competition so he practices hard for one week. Any kids who do karate would like this book.
Reviewed by James from Tawa and , 6 years old
Judo and Taekwondo are the only two Asian Martial Arts that are accepted as Olympic sports.
Taekwondo became an Olympic sport in 2000. That’s quite late; early forms of Taekwondo began appearing in Korea almost 2000 years ago. That makes it almost as old as the Olympic games themselves! Today, Taekwondo is practised in about 190 countries. The country that has won the most medals in Taekwondo is South Korea, followed by China and then the United States. The three New Zealanders in Taekwondo are Logan Campbell, Vaughn Scott, and Robin Cheong.
Judo was started in Japan and became an Olympic sport in 1964, although it was demonstrated at the 1932 Olympics . Judo was created by Jigoro Kano, a Japanese educator. Visually impaired martial artists can also compete in Judo at the Paralympics. Japan has won the most medals in Judo, followed by France and then South Korea. Moira de Villiers is the only New Zealand Judoka (someone who practices Judo) at this years Olympics.
Judo was first invented in 1882 by a Japanese man called Jigoro Kano. From its beginnings in Japan, judo has become a very popular sport all round the world and is now an Olympic sport. Judo is a way of defending yourself and is a very popular form of self-defence because even a small person can win a fight against a bigger one.
You might like to look at the book Judo to discover some of the techniques on learning this sport. Perhaps you can join a club. Maybe we will even see you at the Olympics.