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So what is Judo?

The word Judo consists of two Japanese characters, ju, meaning "gentle", and do, meaning "the way".  Judo, therefore, literally means the gentle way.  Although the gentleness may not be immediately apparent to newcomers who see bodies flying through the air and people pinned to the ground, it is this principle of gentleness on which all judo techniques are based.  


It is a dynamic sport combining both physical and mental attributes. 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 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, use the forces of balance, power, and movement to attempt to subdue each other.


Judo is much more than the mere learning and application of combat techniques.  In its totality, it is a wonderful system of physical, intellectual, and moral education.  Judo has its own culture, customs, and traditions.  Moreover, the principles of gentleness are carried from the practice mats and into most students' lives, in their interactions with their friends, family, work colleagues.  They learn how to control their feelings and emotions, about values of perseverance, respect, loyalty, and discipline. Judo students develop an outstanding work ethic, as well as important social manners and etiquette

Judo gives its students a code of ethics.  Practiced today by more than 20 million individuals, judo is undoubtedly the most popular combat sport in the world.  In terms of sheer numbers of participants, judo is the second most popular sport of any sport, soccer being number one


Judo students also learn valuable social skills, and build long-lasting and meaningful relationships with others. Through judo, people are able to develop friendships and integrate socially almost anywhere.

Judo is a rigorous and demanding physical activity. The practice of judo techniques helps people develop basic and fundamental physical fitness and flexibility in a number of ways.  Specifically for children it is recognised in developing psychomotor capabilities such as special awareness, perspective and independent joint coordination.


Why do Judo?

  • Its fun.

  • It’s great for keeping fit and getting in shape.

  • You can meet lots of new people.

  • You could compete locally, nationally and maybe even one day for your country in trhe Olympic Games.


Who can do Judo?

  • We cater for children from the age of 6.

  • Male and female competitors train together but compete seperately.


What do I need to start?

  • Initially an old tracksuit top / jumper.

  • 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 Northern Ireland Judo Federation.