About Judo

What is judo?

Judo (meaning "the gentle way) is a martial art and sport from Japan, started by Professor Jigaro Kano in 1882.

Judo is derived from Jujitsu techniques that were traditionally used in Japan to kill or severely injure opponents on the battlefield - these techniques have been refined and modified and contest rules applied to make them safe. Punching, kicking and gouging is not allowed.

The object is to throw your opponent largely onto their back - this scores "Ippon" and ends the contest. It is also possible to score "Ippon" by pinning your opponent to the mat for a period of 20 seconds, or to make them submit by applying pressure to arm joints or to the neck (over 16yrs).

In addition to the sought after "Ippon", the smaller score of "Waza-Ari" is given for less successful throws, and hold-downs broken before the 20 second limit.

Does judo get you fit?

Judo is an ideal form of physical education. The beginner concentrates on getting the technique right, and during this process inevitably improves general fitness. The bonus is stamina improvement, which equips on better for the rigors of day-to-day life.

Judo training is an ideal form of physical exercise and it 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; a judo player will improve their flexibility. For the same reasons the balance and posture of a judo player will also be enhanced.

Physical co-ordination can be seen to develop dramatically from participation in judo and reflexes are also improved together with mental reaction time.

Benefits of Judo

Benefits for pupils:-

  • All pupils can take part in judo (there are no barriers)
  • Teaches etiquette & respect
  • Self discipline
  • Confidence building
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • School / Club links
  • Fun & enjoyment

Benefits for schools:

  • Integration (judo) into key stages of Physical Education
  • Extra syllabus for pupils to follow
  • Good community links, (courtesy, etiquette & respect)
  • A sport in which all pupils can participate
  • When taught correctly it offers fun & enjoyment
  • Links to elements of GCSE & A Level
  • Allows each participant the opportunity to provide feedback during the lesson