Sheffield university Judo
Our club is part of Sport Sheffield (Sheffield University sports body) and hence is for students and staff of the University.
We are open to student members from complete novices right through to experienced graded fighters. Students can come to us to just learn a little judo and keep
fit or to become a competitive fighter representing the University at a variety of events around the country. The choice is yours.
What is judo?
Judo (meaning "gentle way") is a modern martial art, combat sport and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano. Its most prominent feature is its
competitive element where the object is to either throw one's opponent to the ground, immobilise or otherwise subdue them with a grappling manoeuvre, or force an opponent to submit by joint locking or by executing a strangle hold or choke.
Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defences are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata) and are not allowed in judo competition or
free practice (randori).
Why should I start Judo whilst at University?
Judo is a great sport to get into whether you're looking for just a casual and fun way to keep fit or a competitive sport to take seriously. Joining the Judo club is a great way to meet new people and make new friends as well as to keep fit.
Your time at university is the perfect time to try new activities with lots of other folks who have never tried that activity before. Judo is no exception.
Is Judo good for self defence?
While our focus in training sessions is on the sport of Judo, to suggest a contact sport like Judo is not useful for self defence is hugely mistaken.