What is Judo?

Judo is many things to different people. It is a fun sport, an art, a discipline, a recreational or social activity, a fitness program, a means of self-defence or combat, and a way of life. It is all of these and more.


Judo comes to us from the fighting system of feudal Japan. Founded in 1882 by Dr.  Jigaro Kano. Judo is a refinement of the ancient martial art of Jujutsu. Dr. Kano, President of the University of Education, Tokyo, studied these ancient forms and integrated what he considered to be the best of their techniques into what is now the modern sport of Judo.


Judo was introduced into the Olympic Games in 1964 and is practiced by millions of people throughout the world today. People practice Judo to excel in competition, to stay in shape, to develop self-confidence, and for many other reasons. But most of all, people do Judo just for the fun of it.

Beginner's Guide to contest Judo

Judo competitions require good concentration and fitness.  A judo contest can last for 2 minutes for junior beginners, 3 minutes for experienced juniors and senior beginners, and either  4 minutes or 5 minutes  for senior events.   A contest can be won by either a throw, by holding your opponent down, by a submission, or by a penalty system for prohibited acts.

There is a pathway for players to progress to County level and beyond. Some years ago, our junior class contained 25% of the entire Sussex County Junior Squad.