Judo & Blind Judo

Judo & Blind Judo

The Judo and Blind Judo competitions will take place at Heydar Aliyev Arena, over 3 days. The Judo competition will consist of 7 weight categories for men and women and for the blind judo competition 4 weight categories for men and 2 for women.

It originally emerged from jujitsu as a martial art and was further developed as a competitive sport by Jigaro Kano, a Japanese educationalist, sport activist, and philosopher. Combatants – known as judokas – aim to either throw an opponent to the floor, subdue them with a pin, or force the opponent to submit with a choke or an arm lock. Judo made its Olympic debut during the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games.

The sport was dropped from the Mexico Games in 1968 and was returned to the Olympic program only four years later. Women’s Judo made its first appearance as a demonstration sport in 1988 and four years later, in 1992 was included as a full medal sport in the Barcelona Games.

Facts and figures

  • Judo's visibility in the international arena significantly increased after the introduction of the World Judo Championships, the highest form of international judo competition, in 1956.
  • Judo has a hierarchal ranking system – ranks being defined as ‘kyu’ and ‘dan’ – with ‘kyu’ representing the lowest grades while ‘dan’ stands for the highest grade.


Blind Judo

Contests always start with the 2 competitors in a loose grip on each other`s Judo suits (grip called "Kumikata") and if contact is broken, "matte" (wait), or stop, is called and the competitors return to center and regrip.

Facts and figures

  •  Judo is one of the few competitive sports that the visually impaired athlete can participate.
  • World class competition for male blind athletes has been available since the mid-80’s.

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