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If Chatri Sityodtong didn’t party that much at Harvard University he had a good excuse – he had to share his dormitory room with his mother.

Born and raised in Thailand to a wealthy family, Chatri was studying at the prestigious US college in the late 1990s when the Asian financial crisis hit.

Back in Bangkok, amid the sharp economic downturn, his father’s property company collapsed and the family lost everything.

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The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.

The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.

PHOTOS: Giving Ex-Child Soldiers A Chance To Be Kids Again

In a hot, dusty courtyard in Goma, a city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, about 50 teenage boys begin their daily practice of capoeira, a dance-like martial art. As they wave their arms and shuffle their feet, they giggle and whisper to each other in Swahili. When the teacher, whom the kids call Ninja, yells out a command in Portuguese, the language of capoeira, they dutifully follow.

Capoeira is best known in Brazil, where slaves from Africa brought it centuries ago. Now the art is making its way back to the continent. It’s being taught to former child soldiers as a way to re-integrate them into society. It’s believed the word “capoeira” comes from “kipura,” a word that means “sweeping ground movements” in Kikongo, a Congolese language – very similar to what the boys are doing today.

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I DID TEACH HIM MARTIAL ARTS AND YES, HE MAY HURT HIMSELF

Shohei Ono of Japan, center, bows on the podium after winning the gold medal in the men’s 73 kg judo competition of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. Bronze medalist Lasha Shavdatuashvili of Georgia looks on at right. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Judo is a Japanese martial art that was developed in the 19th century based on principles of self-defense. Its creator, Jigoro Kano, combined elements of jiu jitsu, wrestling and karate with other styles of fighting.

The combat sport typically uses the opponent’s force against him, forbids striking and is not intended to do serious damage to rivals; even the sport’s most violent holds give competitors the chance to tap out.

According to the International Judo Federation, the sport’s governing body, etiquette is essential for any judo player, or judoka. That etiquette appeared to be torn to shreds on Friday when Middle Eastern politics spilled onto the judo mat.

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