What is judo?

Judo is a tremendous and dynamic combat sport that demands both physical prowess and great mental discipline. From a standing position, it involves techniques that allow you to lift and throw your opponents onto their backs. On the ground, it includes techniques that allow you to pin your opponents down to the ground, control them, and apply various chokeholds or joint locks until submission.

Judo is Simple and Basic
Judo originated in Japan as a derivative of the various martial arts developed and used by the samurai and feudal warrior class over hundreds of years. Although many of the techniques of judo originated from arts that were designed to hurt, maim, or kill opponents in actual field battle, the techniques of judo were modified so that judo students can practice and apply these techniques safely and without hurting opponents:

  • Judo does not involve kicking, punching, or striking techniques of any kind.
  • Judo does not involve the application of pressure against the joints to throw an opponent.
  • Judo involves no equipment or weapons of any sort.

Instead, judo simply involves two individuals who, by gripping the judo uniform or judogi, use the forces of balance, power, and movement to attempt to subdue each other. Thus, it is simple and basic. In its simplicity, however, lies its complexity, and mastery of even the most basic of judo techniques that often take considerable time, effort, and energy, involving rigorous physical and mental training.

Why do Judo?

  • Judo is great fun
  • It’s great for keeping fit and getting in shape
  • You can meet lots of new people
  • Compete locally, nationally and maybe even one day for your country
  • Unlike many other Martial Arts, Judo is an Olympic Sport

Who can do Judo?

  • Anyone over the age of five
  • Male and female competitors train together but compete seperately

What do I need start?

  • Initially an old tracksuit top will do
  • If you decide you like Judo, a Judo Suit (judo-gi) can be purchased from the club
  • A licence is required to practice judo, this can be obtained through the club from the NIJF 


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Friday: Moneyreagh 4.00 - 6.00pm

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