All about Judo

Judo is one of the world’s most widely practiced Olympic and Paralympics sports and showcases breathtaking throws (tachi-waza), sublime ground fighting techniques (ne-waza) as competitors (judoka) illustrate why they’re among the best conditioned athletes in the world.

The sport is an ideal form of physical exercise for all ages, males and females, and in Britain boasts a flourishing roster of visually impaired (VI) and special needs judoka.

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.  For the same reasons the balance, flexibility and posture of a 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.

British Judo has a highly-motivating and rewarding non-competitive grading scheme which ensures you receive expert tuition without being required to take part in competitions although there are events for all levels of judoka from novices to veteran black belts.

British Judo’s motto is ‘Judo for All’ as the sport can be practiced by all ages and official weight categories for senior judo players (known as judoka) who choose to enter competitions goes from -48kg to +78kg for women and -60kg to +100kg for men.


  • Ideal form of full-body exercise
  • Ideal activity for males, females and people of all ages
  • Emphasis on discipline, self-control and sportsman like behaviour
  • Ideal form of self-defence
  • For children and teenagers it channels energy and misbehaviour issues into a positive and competitive environment with a clear grading system to provide structure, focus and a pathway
  • Builds confidence