Frequently Asked Questions

They most certainly do!

At the present time we have Dr Lisa Bradley current world masters champion and 2002 commonwealth silver medalist – she is also a local coach.

We also have lots of very talented girls at our local judo clubs, who compete for the Northern Ireland Team.

Judo (??, j?d??), meaning “gentle way”, is a modern Japanese martial art (gendai bud?) and combat sport, that originated in Japan in the late nineteenth century.

Some Judo Coaches and many of our Member Clubs supply judogi (judo kit).

Second-hand kit is often available from clubs.

The judogi is reinforced in all the right places and consists of a jacket, trousers and belt.

The only other personnel equipment reuqired would be a pair of zori, which are Japenese style slippers and are needed for walking to and from the training or contest mat (a lot of people use flip-flops for this purpose).

For players aged from 8 to 15 years, there are 18 grades known as Mon (junior) grades, denoted by coloured and banded belts.

From 16 years, Kyu (senior) skill grades apply and are again denoted by belts of different colours.

Players work through this grading system to reach the coverted black belt, 1st Dan.

There are higher Dan grade levels for the very dedicated.

Judo is an ideal form of physical education.

Beginners concentrate on getting techniques right, and during this process inevitably improves general fitness.

The bonus is stamina improvement, which equips one better for the rigors of day-to-day life.

Both Brian Jacks and Neil Adams triumphed on the TV series “Superstars” and attributed their victory to their former judo training.  Local stars and coaches Lisa Bradley, Terry Watt and Jim Toland all triumphed at world and commonwealth level.

The BJA/NIJF Equity Commission has adopted the motto of “Judo for All” and they work tirelessly to ensure that the sport is open and accessible to players with a wide range of disabilities.

Because of the close contact involved in judo it is the ideal sport for blind or visually imparied players.

Our coaches will welcome any player as we all have some form of disability.

The BJA Coaching award is regarded as being one of the best in the world – it is designed to deliver safer, quality Judo instruction.

All NI Judo Federation member Clubs are required to have at least one qualified BJA/NIJF Coach.

Coaches must be proficient in First Aid.

Coaches are reuqired to comply with the BJA child protection policy .

All qualified BJA/NIJF Coaches are required to complete a personal disclosure form.

Judo training can start at any age.  BJA members range from 5 to 85.

The BJA Dan Grade Register has on record a man who started judo aged 54 and in 8 years achieved his 1st Dan black belt.

Juniors are not allowed to compete until they reach 8 years of age on the advice of the BJA medical commission.

A special non-competitive scheme, the Kano Club – is in place for 5 – 7 year olds.

If you’ve read about Judo, seen it done and want to have a go yourself you’ve come to the right place.

Why do Judo ?

  • Judo is great fun.
  • Its a great way to exercie in a fun way and keep fit.
  • Meet lots of new people.
  • Compete local, nationally and maybe even one day for your country.
  • Unlike many martial arts its an olympic sport.

Who can do Judo ?

Where do I start?

  • Contact the NIJF Office to see if there’s a NIJF club in your area.
  • Many Leisure centres have judo clubs also, if a club is not listed ask there.

What do I need to start?

  • Initially an old tracksuit with long sleeves will do.
  • If you decide you like judo a Judo suit (judo gi) can be purchased from a sports shop or from the club coach.
  • The club the attend will advise you how to get a license.

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