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Judo—invented in Japan in the 1880s—became an Olympic sport for men in 1964; women competed in the Games starting in 1988. The martial art involves two athletes grappling in an attempt to take down (or throw) the opponent to the ground—and keep 'em there. And as these photos of the men and women competing today prove, the faces of judo are intense.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 10:  Kelita Zupancic of Canada competes against Haruka Tachimoto of Japan during a Women's -70kg Quarterfinal bout on Day 5 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 2 on August 10, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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As her hair flows and their feet fly, Kelita Zupancic of Canada gets a good grip on Haruka Tachimoto of Japan.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 10:  Kim Polling of the Netherlands competes against Haruka Tachimoto of Japan during a Women's -70kg bout on Day 5 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 2 on August 10, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Haruka Tachimoto of Japan asks Kim Polling of the Netherlands if her breath smells okay.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 06:  Ashley McKenzie of Great Britain (white) competes against Bekir Ozlu of Turkey in the Men's -60 kg Judo on Day 1 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 2 on August 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Ashley McKenzie of Great Britain vs. Bekir Ozlu of Turkey = OMFG.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 06: Otgontsetseg Galbadrakh of Kazakhstan (blue) is taken down by Ami Kondo of Japan in the Women's -48 kg Judo on Day 1 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 2 on August 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Otgontsetseg Galbadrakh of Kazakhstan getting squished by Ami Kondo of Japan.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 08: Jake Bensted of Australia is taken down by Rustam Orujov of Azerbaijan in the Men's -73 kg Judo elimination round on Day 3 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 2 on August 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Rustam Orujov of Azerbaijan putting a knees squeeze (official term) on Jake Bensted of Australia.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 08:  Shohei Ono of Japan (white) competes against Victor Scvortov of United Arab Emirates in the Men's -73 kg Judo elimination round on Day 3 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 2 on August 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Shohei Ono of Japan (white uniform) seems almost relaxed as he efficiently strangles Victor Scvortov of United Arab Emirates.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09:  Takanori Nagase of Japan (L) and Laszlo Csoknyai of Hungary compete during the Men's -81kg bout on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Carioca Arena 2 on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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Here's Takanori Nagase of Japan contorting himself around Laszlo Csoknyai of Hungary.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09:  Uuganbaatar Otgonbaatar of Mongolia (L) and Mohamed Abdelaal of Egypt compete during the Men's -81kg bout on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Carioca Arena 2 on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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The worlds of Uuganbaatar Otgonbaatar of Mongolia (L) and Mohamed Abdelaal of Egypt, turned upside down.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09:  Sven Maresch of Germany (L) and Sergiu Toma of United Arab Emirates compete during the Men's -81kg bout  on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Carioca Arena 2 on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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Feeling worried about the neck vertebrae of Sven Maresch of Germany (L) and Sergiu Toma of United Arab Emirates.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09:  Travis Stevens of the United States (R) and Avtandili Tchrikishvili of Georgia compete during the Men's -81kg semifinal bout on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Carioca Arena 2 on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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Travis Stevens of the United States (R), um, embraces Avtandili Tchrikishvili of Georgia.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09:  Yarden Gerbi of Israel (L) and Miku Tashiro of Japan compete during the Women's -63kg bronze medal a bout on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Carioca Arena 2 on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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Yarden Gerbi of Israel entangled with Miku Tashiro of Japan.

Netherlands' Daxenos Elmont (white) competes with Hungary's Miklos Ungvari during their men's -73kg judo contest match of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 8, 2016. / AFP / Jack GUEZ        (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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Netherlands' Daxenos Elmont (white uniform) has a face-to-rump with Hungary's Miklos Ungvari.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 10:  Popole Misenga of the Refugee Olympic Team celebrates after defeating Avtar Singh of India during a Men's -90kg bout on Day 5 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 2 on August 10, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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And the best face of all: Popole Misenga of the Refugee Olympic Team, celebrating after a win during the preliminary rounds. Though he lost his next bout and will not continue on, according to the AP, the athlete from the Democratic Republic of the Congo told reporters that it was an honor to fight a world champion and "one win was enough."

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