British Judo provide opportunities for all participants to be fully inclusive.  BJA Inclusion, in addition to supporting all minority groups, has the remit to promote judo for all players that through statemented cognitive disorder and or physiological type or infirmity, cannot aspire to the highest levels of the mainstream pathway

One of the pathways British Judo provide is Disability Judo, where all participants who have a disability can be catered for within a club and or competition environment.

Judo clubs provide the beginning to participation in a nurturing and developmental environment building confidence within their own individual ability to achieve progression through grading structure and competitions. Use our Club Finder to find and speak to coaches at local clubs to see what opportunities they have.

Rush JC

Competition Pathway

There are 5 levels that cater for your child/athletes level of ability.  Ranging from athletes with cognitive challenges to physical disabilities.  Full details can be found in the British Judo Association Tournament Handbook (pages 39-51) that identifies the 5 levels of competition categories and Refereeing Rules within Special Needs competitions.

Inclusive for all, participants with disabilities are eligible to enter mainstream events and following British Judo Performance pathways, the Disability pathway has been integrated with the support where required. Click on the link for more details

Special Needs Beverwijk

Special Needs Hampshire

Grading Pathway

Follow the British Judo Grading pathway at a pace that your child can achieve a suitable standard related to the grade.

Links to Grading scheme:

Kyu Grades

Mon Grades

Dan Grades


National Inclusion Seminar is held annually around February of each year, bringing together all athletes, coaches and parents/carers for a day of activities.

06.02.2016 British Judo Association Centre of Excellence, Walsall, England. In action special needs players from around the country participating in the inclusion day event.


February National Disability Seminar Walsall BJPI
April Open European Special Needs Beverwijk, Holland
April ESSN Physical and Intellectual Annual Disability Judo Competition Scotland
April British Schools SN VI Championships Sheffield EIS
June Swiss G-Judo tournament Uster
August British Judo SN Open Stoke Manderville
November Venray SN Competition Holland

If you have a disability and would like more information on how to get involved, the following people are available to support:

British Judo Board of Directors Sara Hayes
SN GB Team Manager Ken Thorne
SN GB Team Manager Jo Imrie
SN Lead Referee Ron Cleere
Competition Pathway Andy Scott
British Judo Disability Lead Kerry Tansey

Home Nations Support

Full competition pathways and details can be found here or direct contact to:

British Judo
Judo Scotland;
Welsh Judo
Malcolm Limrick
NI Judo Federation
Mark Spence