Judo was firmly established in the CISM calendar 20 years ago. The first CISM judo championships were organized in Vienna, Austria in 1966.
More than half of the CISM member nations practice judo in their armed forces. In the beginning, only 7 nations participated in the first CISM judo championship in Vienna. By 2003, the number had increased to 41.
Participants from 55 member nations have already taken part in CISM judo championships. Some of those champions have also become Olympic or world champions. Judo is, because of its strict forms, fairness, and politeness, a good example for the CISM motto "Friendship through Sport".