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Mission Statement

The aim of the Irish Judo Association is to promote the participation in Judo, in a safe and constructive environment, enabling each participant to achieve their full potential in their selected area of activity within the organisation be it participation or high performance.


What is Judo?

Judo is a tremendous and dynamic Olympic sport that demands both physical prowess and great mental discipline. From a standing position, it involves techniques that allow you to lift and throw your opponents onto their backs. On the ground, it includes techniques that allow you to pin your opponents down to the ground. Unlike karate, judo does not involve kicking, punching, or striking techniques of any kind. Instead, judo simply involves two individuals who, by gripping the judo uniform, use the forces of balance, power, and movement to attempt to subdue each other.

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Current Management Committee 2016-2020

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Coaching - Getting Involved

Have you ever thought about getting involved in coaching, perhaps giving back something to the sport you love or just wish to pass on your Judo knowledge to help others progress? Well behind every great Judo player there is a great Judo coach and within the Irish Judo Association we have many experienced and dedicated Judo players and coaches who work hard to improve the standard of Judo within the country. As a Judo coach the success and popularity of the Sport in Ireland is directly related to your efforts and successes both on and off the mat.

Are you interested in becoming a Judo Coach?

Coaching is a very rewarding and satisfying role; to become an effective, safe competent coach it requires the coach to demonstrate a range of skills, knowledge and know how.

The key qualities of a Judo coach are:

  • knows the sport
  • technical ability
  • seeks out new information
  • motivates
  • know the player/s
  • communicates
  • listens
  • leader by example
  • show commitment
  • enthusiasm
  • willing to learn
  • work as part of a team


Irish Judo Association Coaching Pathway

Over a number of years now the Irish Judo Association has been working together with Coaching Ireland, the organization responsible coaching standards within Ireland to develop national and internationally recognized coaching programs to certify new and existing Judo coaches.

The Irish Judo Association (IJA) as the National Governing Body of Judo for Ireland is committed to the education and development of Judo coaches within a recognized coaching pathway. The association currently supports the development of coaches from Level 1 through to Level 2. The IJA Level 1 in Assistant Coach Award is the first step on the coaching pathway.

IJA Coaching Structure:

Coaching Progression Route

Note: EJU courses will not be funded by the IJA

So if you are interested in Coaching Judo in your club or community and are over eighteen years of age with a minimum grade of a 2nd Kyu and you have the coaching qualities or would like to develop those qualities further to become an effective Judo coach then call 01 625 1104 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   for further information on coaching courses in your region.


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