For more information on our Child Protection policies and ‘Safe Landings’ document use the following links:

Coaching the Child

Based on a child’s chronological and mm stage in development there are certain factors to consider in terms of their, psychological, social, physiological and emotional needs, to find out more about these areas we recommend the ‘PEPS Coaching’ App.

When working with young players 5 – 7 years old, it is important that the coach understands what their psychological, physical and nutritional development needs. All children coming along to judo for the first time will vary in their previous experiences in sport, natural ability and body type. Given these differences, the interaction, pace of delivery, exercise choices and judo specific fundamental skills, will often lead the direction the coach takes with each child. Read More…

Child Sessions

Judo for Under 8’s mainly focuses on fun packed activities to develop the child’s fundamental skills, judo specific technique, breakfalls and social skills. Sessions will vary club to club, however, they are generally 45 – 60 minutes (for this age group) and include warm-up, skill development and cool-down activities.
Based on Professor Jigaro Kano, the Japanese’ founder of judo’s philosophy, the coach should work with the child to develop the following life values:

      • Fair Play
      • Respect
      • Friendship
      • Responsibility
      • Knowledge
      • Discipline

For more session examples click here: Session Plans and Game Descriptions.


In this age group formal competition is not encouraged, however, there is opportunities for children to challenge themselves through locally organised children’s events. These are governed by guidelines that encourage coaches to match children fairly to protect them physically and psychologically, ensuring they have a positive experience. Judo is a combat sport where occasionally minor injuries may occur.

Once children reach 8 years of age they can enter the first stages of our competitive pathway that is mainly grade, weight and experience led. Competition will normally be run by a voluntary workforce of competition controllers (organisers), table officials and referees. At National level event a voluntary workforce will also be supported by British Judo staff and occasionally International representatives.

Coaching Resources

Administration Process

To find out more about the administration process involved for JudoKids Sho Award memberships and gradings please use the following link:

You can download a membership application form using the following link:

Frequently Asked Questions

Use the following link to gets answers to some of the frequently asked questions:

Competition Pathway

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