Judo is an ideal sport for all ages, males or females and attracts many
disability groups. Confidence and self-esteem are enhanced as a player
progresses through the ranks and the very nature of the grading system
ensures that the next goal is always realistic and achievable with effort.
The grading system also ensures that regardless of their skill level all
Judo players can actively compete with players of similar ability and hence
they have a reasonable chance of emerging victorious.
Because of the nature of the sport of Judo, strict discipline is essential
and great importance is placed on safety, hygiene and etiquette
Safety techniques such as mastering the several methods of break-falling to
fall and land safely, this gives players the confidence to participate
fully. Safety is also controlled by the contest rules, which are modified
for certain ages and belt levels and are constantly updated to exclude
harmful actions - this allows Judo to be practiced in a spirited manner
without undue risk of harm or injury.
Hygiene is essential due to the close physical contact between players and
Judo etiquette instils respect, modesty, politeness and general social
skills on all participants.
Discipline and self-control - it is rare indeed to see a player ungracious
in defeat at any level from Club training to International competition. A
handshake almost always follows the traditional courteous rei (bow) at the
end of a contest and the defeated player, though perhaps disappointed with
the result, remains respectful of the winner.
Judo has also been seen to actively reduce bullying, bullies can only get
away with their reigns of terror in relatively uncontrolled environments
and the disciplined Dojo (training hall), removes them from their position
of power. At the same time they themselves learn discipline and self
control, quite often whilst losing to players who were previously a victim
of their bullying, this gives them a new perspective and a newfound respect
for such players.
Dr Jigoro Kano the founder of Judo said, "Judo is a teaching for life
itself and with it we learn to overcome the pitfalls and obstacles of
everyday living" his words still ring true.
What are the Benefits of Judo?
The benefits of learning and training to be a Judo player includes:
♦ An ideal form of physical exercise,
♦ A great cardiovascular workout, improving stamina, general health and
♦ Improved physical strength as a direct result of trying to control and
dictate the movement of the opponent and as well as enhanced power;
♦ Improved flexibility, balance and posture,
♦ Developing co-ordination reflexes together with mental reaction time.
Judo has many moral benefits that are a direct result of the transition
from martial art to what Kano termed "Do" or "way of life".
♦ Kano developed a strict code of ethics and a humanitarian philosophy.
♦ His Judo instructors and students were expected to be outstanding
examples of good character and honest conduct. Combat outside of the
training hall or behaviour that brought shame to the school would lead to
suspension or even expulsion.
♦ Kano's ultimate concern for the well being of both the individual and
the community is reflected in his teaching methods and one of Judo's
guiding principles is "mutual benefit and prosperity".
♦ Kano believed that the diligent practice of Judo should lead to the
realization that one could not progress at the expense of others; only
mutual prosperity offered the key to any real progress in human life.
These principles still underpin the sport today and this can be seen from
the respect shown between rival exponents.
Judo for all
Judo is an inexpensive, safe, dynamic contact sport, which is suitable for
boys & girls, men & women. It promotes:
♦ Self Confidence
The benefits of judo for children include fitness, flexibility,
co-ordination, self-confidence and discipline. In addition, as judo
includes no kicking and no punching,
Judo Queensland afflicated Judo Clubs provide Judo training and competition
in various locations across Queensland. A full list, of our member clubs by
location is availble under the "Find a Club" Tab of this website. Look here
to find your local Club with contact details and training times.
All Judo Queensland affiliated clubs in 2011 will have a Certificate of
Affiliation to display in the Dojo. An important point is that Judo
Queensland Clubs have nationally qualified Coaches to teach and coach Judo.
Coaches are accrediated through the JFA, Judo Queensland and/or the
Australian Sports Commission, they all have a current First Aid Certificate
and a working with Children Blue Card. Please ask to see your coach's
qualifications for peace of mind.
Judo coaching qualifications have progressions starting with Assistant Club
Level, Club Level and State Level. Our coaches are committed to regular
educational seminars and to the Australian Sports Commission 4 yearly
As Judo parents we would like you to become involved with your child's
progression both on and off the mat. For your club and for Judo Queensland
to operate volunteers are required to run functions from a club BBQ to
helping run competitons against other clubs.