BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO JUDO
Judo is an fun and exciting sport that has something to offer for everyone. Alongside the fitness benefits of the sport, judo also has bold values including respect, enjoyment and fair play. In this Beginner’s Guide to Judo you’ll find more information about judo and what it involves.
What is Judo?
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 a matted area for up to 5 minutes with the player scoring the most points winning the contest.
The sport’s origins are in Japan and judo translates into English as “the gentle way“.
Find out more about the history of judo here.
What are the benefits of doing judo?
Judo is a fantastic sport with many benefits, including:
- Getting fit and building strength
- Increasing flexibility and mobility
- Teaches discipline and respect
- Learning a new skill
- Build new friendships
- Increases confidence and self-esteem
- Learning in a supportive environment
What do you need to start?
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 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).
You should also bring plenty of water to stay hydrated during your session and plenty of energy and enthusiasm!
What can I expect at my first session?
Judo clubs are friendly and supportive environments who regularly host newcomers, you will likely not be the only beginner!
Typically, in a first session you will learn the basics of judo, including:
- Break Falls – How to fall and land on the mat safely
- Gripping – How to correctly grip your opponent’s judogi
If you’re a quick learner you might also get to start doing to simple judo techniques too.
Where can I do Judo?
The British Judo Association have hundreds of clubs across the United Kingdom where you can Throw Yourself Into Judo. Find your local judo club here.