Adaptive Judo

Judo is a Sport For all, but we need your help to shape the future of our adaptive Judo opportunities and pathways.

What is Adaptive Judo?

Adaptive Judo is competitive or recreational Judo for people with disabilities. In many cases this runs in parallel with typical sporting activities however adaptations can be made, for example in VI Judo opponents start ‘gripped on’.

Different Types of Adaptive Judo

VI JudoSpecial OlympicsVirtus Games

VI Judo and The Paralympics

Visually Impaired Judo is an adaptation of Judo for visually impaired competitors. It is also the only martial art in the Paralympics, being introduced for men in Seoul in 1988 and women in Athens in 2004. The rules are the same as non-disabled judo, with one exception. Visually impaired participants start competing gripped together, as opposed to the off-grip technique for non-disabled competition.

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JudoScotland is committed to providing Judo opportunities for all and as such we are continually striving to improve pathways for participation. If you have a question or would like to find out more contact our Disability Development Officer, Stephen Somerville at .


Online Adaptive training

Welcome to our new online workshops designed to upskill coaches in inclusive judo. These workshops offer an exceptional opportunity to enhance your coaching skills and knowledge, focusing on the unique needs of athletes with disabilities. Through these workshops, you can learn at your own pace and convenience, allowing for a flexible and accessible learning experience.

Through these workshops we will cover essential techniques and adaptive methods tailored to working with athletes with a disability, ensuring you are well-equipped to support and develop all athletes. By participating, you will gain valuable insights into creating inclusive training environments, fostering diversity, and promoting equal opportunities within your club.

Moreover, these workshops provide a platform to share experiences, exchange best practices, building a supportive community of practitioners. Ultimately, our online workshops aim to empower you with the skills and confidence to make judo accessible and enjoyable for everyone, contributing to a more inclusive and dynamic sport.

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How Can I Help Shape The Adaptive Judo Landscape?

We are continually looking at ways to make Judo more inclusive to do this we need to gain an understanding of the landscape of those taking part in Judo so we can develop appropriate opportunities to support a Judokas development. By providing us with accurate data you can help shape the future of adaptive Judo in Scotland.


JudoScotland values the hard work of our member clubs without whom we wouldn’t be able to develop Judo in Scotland.


We want to make judo accessible to whoever wants to take part, as a JudoScotland member you will have access to a variety of benefits.


Coaches are at the front line of judo and are an integral part of clubs. We provide continuous professional development for coaches already on the pathway.