You always wanted to know how judo works, its rules and its principles?


The International Judo Federation has just released a 'Quick Guide to Judo' presented by former World Champion and two-time Olympic silver medalist Neil Adams, also nicknamed 'The Voice of Judo'.

Neil explains the rules that will allow you to follow any judo tournament. You wanted to know everything about the competition system, or about scores and penalties? You wanted to know how the two competitors can score and win their match? You wondered what was the DNA of our sport? Nothing is easier. Take a short break and watch the film which, through action images and concrete examples, reveals the secrets of competitive judo.

Note; Samurai Schools do not teach arm lock or strangulation submission techniques to children under the age of 12. The throwing techniques taught are safe and only taught after extensive tuition of how to fall.


Judo has many different facets and brings with it many benefits. Most obviously judo provides individuals with physical exercise, a good cardio-vascular workout and the opportunity to learn a new sporting skill. As a sport that has evolved from a fighting art, it develops complete body control, fine balance and fast reflexive action. It is essentially a defensive sport involving two players, each of whom uses specific techniques and quick reflexes, plus balance, power and movement to get the other partner off-balance and take him/her down onto the mat. Skill, technique and timing, rather than brute strength, are the ingredients for success in judo. At a judo class you may learn how to give way, rather than use force, to overcome a stronger opponent. Unlike some other martial arts, there are no kicks, punches or other attacking movements.

Falling safely (ukemi) is a key skill in judo, teaching children to fall safely and to enjoy being thrown is a important lesson in judo and is clearly transferable as a 'life skill' to falls in the play yard, sports field and domestic environment.


Judo keeps children safe.

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Judo is a spectacular Olympic sport with world wide participation and a world wide program of international competitive events, culminating annually in the World Championships and every four years at the Olympics.