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.
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Why should you watch this
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.
Did you know…?
- Judo is Japanese for “gentle way” and refers to the aim of turning an opponent’s strength to your own advantage.
- Judo was first included in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics where only men competed. Women’s judo was included as a full sport in 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
- Judo is competed on tatami or mats, made of compressed foam and vinyl. They used to be made of straw and canvas.
- 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!
How it Works
The status and positioning of the Games is cemented in the BJA Competition Framework. It is classed as a major International event for competitors in this age group.
The BJA and Home Countries’ Performance Teams have been instrumental in agreeing the importance of the Games in their programs and its structure. All four Home Countries have assisted in the format and modelling of the event e.g. weight categories, age bands, number of competitors agreeing it is the ultimate domestic event for young players in the country, with players selected on the basis of their standing with the national squads of their own home country.
Four teams will be representing England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
To view the 2016 selection policy please click here.
Designated Athlete Mentor – Theo Spalding-McIntosh. Please click here for more information.