What’s it all about?
Judo is an unarmed Olympic combat sport that demands both physical prowess and great mental discipline. 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.
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.
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
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.
There are many Judo clubs in Kent including the new Dartford Dojo, which is a key coaching centre for the British Judo Association.
To join in or to find a club near you please visit the Club Finder on the British Judo Association website.