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Judo is a fascinating Olympic sport. More than that, it is an art form. It is now practised in almost every country of the world.

Get involved in Judo

The British Judo Association

The British Judo Association (BJA) is the National Governing Body for the Olympic Sport of Judo in Great Britain.

The Association represents Great Britain internationally and is a member of The International Judo Federation, The European Judo Union, The Judo Conferderation of the European Union, The British Olympic Association, The Central Council of Physical Recreation, Commonwealth Judo Association, and the Commonwealth Games Council.

The BJA is a membership organisation and has expanded its network of clubs, qualified coaches and individual members throughout Britain providing access to the sport in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Judo is an unarmed Olympic combat sport that demands both physical prowess and great mental discipline. It was founded by Jigoro Kano in Japan in the 1880s and has grown in popularity to become one of the most popular individual sports across the globe. Judo translates into English as "the gentle way".

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.

Why do Judo?

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


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.

What do I need to try Judo?

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 (available from JudoStore).

Throw Yourself Into Judo

Throw Yourself Into Judo is British Judo's national campaign aimed at getting more people to try the sport. As part of the campaign you can download a voucher here to get your first judo session for FREE!

Click here to find your nearest judo club.

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British Judo
Email: bja@britishjudo.org.uk
Telephone: 01509 631 670

Judo Contact for Oxfordshire

Chris Doherty – Regional Delivery Officer
07967 781663

For more information contact:

Chris Doherty – Regional Delivery Officer
07967 781663

Throw yourself into Judo: The Judo Dad!!


Paul Montgomery has always encouraged his 7 year old son Taylor to try as many sports as possible.

"He does the usual stuff like football and likes to be out on his bike, but it's judo he really loves", said Paul.

Paul's journey as a judo Dad started at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year: "There was a free event there and Taylor went along with my dad and had his first taste of judo.

"The coaches there said there was another free event in August so we took him to that and couldn't drag him away! There were loads of different sports and activities on offer but he just wanted to keep doing judo", recalls Paul.

From then on Taylor was hooked: "A year into the sport he is now on his 4th Kai", said Paul proudly.

Taylor has thrived in the sport in a short space of time. He was awarded the '2014 Best Novice Boy' and 'May 2015 Player of the Month' at his club.

"I like to learn new judo skills but I also love playing the warm up games at training", said Taylor.

"He absolutely loves judo and now trains two or three times a week", said Paul.

"For me as a parent, I'm so happy he's found something he loves doing".

But as well as the physical exercise his son receives from doing judo, there are also other benefits which Paul is quick to mention: "Although he has shown great natural ability for judo, he has learned a great deal in terms of respect, tolerance, self-control and the value of hard work".

Since Paul was thrown into judo by his son he has been recommending it to others: "I have no previous experience of judo but have recommended it to loads of parents. The coaching Taylor receives is first class and the facilities he trains in are fantastic.

"Every parent wants to make sure their child is healthy and doing exercise is part of that, but it is also important to know that they are exercising in a safe environment and that's what we have at the judo club.

"As a parent I have seen a lot of positive changes in Taylor since he started doing judo. I think other kids would get the same benefits as well if they went down to their local club and had a go".

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