Judo

Overview
Judo includes a great quantity of elements such as push and traction power, balance, direction shifts, throws, holding-techniques and so on.

How Judo is played

The main idea of Judo is to throw your partner in any of the eight directions so they land on their back. In a competition situation if a player is thrown on their back cleanly the fight is won at that point. Failing to throw an opponent cleanly one will receive a score for the throw. Then fighting will continue on the ground. Where the objective then is to hold the player down on their back for 25 seconds or to apply a strangle or arm lock until the player submits (Junior players under the age of 16 are not permitted to do or learn strangles or arm locks).In vision impaired Judo competitions players are brought together where they take grips of their opponent. Then the command to start fighting is given. When competing against sighted players athletes are approximately two meters apart when the command to start fighting is given.Players with a vision impairment can go all the way and represent their country at the highest level at the Paralympics. Nothing prevents a vision impaired person from representing their country at the highest level against fully sighted Judokas.The forerunner for people who are blind and/or vision impaired participating in Judo in South Australia was Anthony Clarke.

His achievements and Awards·     Awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 1997 ·     Paralympic and Duel World Vision Impaired Champion ·     2003, 1999/98 Australian Champion (against sighted opponents) ·     Awarded Judo Federation of Australia, South Australia Outstanding Judo Player of the Decade ·     A 3rd Degree Black Belt and Accredited Level 1 Judo Coach ·     Wrote and published Autobiography and Motivational Book “Achieving the Impossible”