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Judo

British Judo Association

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General Information
Contact Email
bja@britishjudo.org.uk
Contact Telephone
01509 631670

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What is Judo?

Judo is an dynamic combat sport represented in the Olympics.

Judo is an unarmed Olympic combat sport that demands both physical prowess and great mental discipline. It was founded by Jigoro Kano in Japan in the 1880s and has grown in popularity to become one of the most popular individual sports across the globe. Judo translates into English as "the gentle way".

Judo is the only martial art currently a part of the Paralympics. Visually Impaired or 'VI' Judo is a specially adapted form of judo for individuals with visual and other impairments.

Two players (called judoka) compete against each other on an 8m x 8m matted area for up to 5 minutes with the player scoring the most points winning the contest. Scores of varying degrees are awarded for throws, holds and more, with the coveted "ippon" score ending the contest. If the scores are level at the end of the 5 minute period the contest goes to 'golden score' with the first person to score any point winning the contest.

Benefits

Judo serves as a great cardiovascular workout, which improves stamina, general health and overall fitness. Physical strength is also improved as a direct result of trying to control and dictate the movement of the opponent and as well as enhanced power.

Involvement

Judo is a fantastic way to:

1. Get fit and build strength

2. Increase flexibility and mobility

3. Learn discipline and respect

4. Learn a new skill

5. Build new friendships

6. Increase confidence and self-esteem

7. Learn in a supportive environment

Equipment

All you need to try judo is baggy/loose old clothing (something you don't mind stretching) or basic gym kit – a t-shirt and jogging bottoms. Most judo clubs have a judo jacket they can loan to you for your first session, after which you may choose to purchase a basic judo kit called a judge. As you progress you will be required to wear a 'Gi' which is the Japanese name for the traditional uniform used for Judo practice and competition.

Facts

  • Judo, which means "The Gentle Way", is a Japanese martial art based upon the ancient techniques of jujutsu.
  • In 1972 GB Judo won their first medals in the Olympic Games winning 1 silver medal and 2 bronze medals.
  • Judo had two female medallists at the London Olympics – Gemma Gibbons and Karina Bryant

Campaigns

Coaching Can

Coaching has long been considered to be about the development of skill in a sport. It has been about acquiring, honing and transferring these skills in the pursuit of athletic achievement.

GO GOLD Funding Programme

The aim of GO GOLD is to support talented young athletes, including those athletes who are being recognised by their National Governing Bodies as being our future Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth

Local Programmes

Leicester-Shire & Rutland GO GOLD Athletes

Take a look at the Profiles and Blogs of our current athletes, supported by the GO GOLD Funding Programme.

Local Contacts

Matt Watkiss

Service Manager (Midlands)

British Judo Association

Telephone
01509 631675

Partners

  • North West Leicestershire District Council
    Leicester City Council
    Blaby District Council
    Leicestershire County Council
    British Heart Foundation
  • QUEST
    Safeguarding
    Melton Borough Council
    Rutland County Council
    East Midlands Platform
  • County Sport Network
    Equality Standard
    Harborough District Council
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    Charnwood Borough Council
  • Age UK L&R
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Sport England
    Loughborough University

Partners

  • Sport England
    QUEST
  • Melton Borough Council
    Rutland County Council
  • Age UK L&R
    Leicester City Council
  • Blaby District Council
    North West Leicestershire District Council
  • Leicestershire County Council
    British Heart Foundation
  • Equality Standard
    Safeguarding
  • Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
  • Harborough District Council
    County Sport Network
  • Charnwood Borough Council
    East Midlands Platform
  • Loughborough University