About Judo 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“.

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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.

Why do Judo?

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

Objective Two players (called judoka) compete against each other on a matted area for up to 4 minutes regular time, the player scoring the most points winning the contest. Scores are awarded for throwing techniques, immobilisation techniques and Strangles/Armlocks, all striving for the coveted “ippon” score which ends the contest. If the scores are level at the end of the 4 minute period the contest goes into a ‘golden score’ sudden death period where the first person to score a technical point winning the contest.

What do I need to try Judo?Judo 1

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 judogi (available from JudoStore).


Click here to find your nearest judo club.


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British Judo
Email: bja@britishjudo.org.uk 
Tel: 01509 631 670

Keith Merrick
Regional Delivery Officer – Staffordshire
Emails: keith.merrick@britishjudo.org.uk
Mobile: 07887 455587