What is Judo?

Judo (meaning “gentle way”) is a modern martial art and the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, and to immobilise or otherwise subdue them with a hold. It does not incorporate any kicks or punches. Instead, Judo throws are used along with ground fighting techniques including arm locks, strangles, chokes and pinning techniques.

Judo today is widely practiced by both sexes (it became a women’s Olympic sport in 1992) and our club in Andover is as popular with girls as it is with boys.

Judo adheres to a belt system – white belts are worn by novices and black by masters, with various different colour belts in between. Children will start their training by learning simple actions and progress through the mon and belt ranks. Find out about the grading system.

Judo training can start at any age though children under 8 are not permitted to compete in the sport.

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