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Sport Specific Information


Sport Specific and Technical Information will be posted here as it is available starting in early 2019.


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Judo is a modern martial art and sport created in Japan in 1882. It looks more like wrestling than other martial arts and teaches its practitioners (judoka) to gain control over an attacker using throws, holds, chokes, and grappling without striking. It is a method of turning an opponent's strength against them and overcoming by skill rather than sheer strength. Judo was first included at the Olympic Games in 1964.

Judo Facts

  • Involves grappling and throwing techniques
  • Most widely practiced martial art in the world
  • A match is 3-4 minutes long
  • Ippon is a full point and wins the match
  • Mat or tatami is 8m x 8m
  • Athletes are called Judoka
  • Uniform is a Gi

The contest area for judo is a square mat eight meters by eight meters. A match typically lasts three to 4 minutes. The goal of a match is to gain a full point or “Ippon”, by either throwing the opponent flat on their back with force and control or holding the competitor down for 20 seconds. Submissions via armlock or choke will also end a bout but are allowed only in non-novice matches beyond a certain age. Once Ippon is scored the match is over. “Waza-ari” is given for a throw lacking some the required elements for Ippon but still close enough to be considered a score. Waza-ari accumulate and can decide a match but not until the end. If the score is tied at the end of the match it moves into a Golden Score or sudden death where the first contestant to achieve any score wins.


The BC Winter Games feature athletes under the age of 16 who compete in various weight classes. The Games are an important part of the provincial athlete development model and have contributed to many athletes moving on to national competitions.

Judo BC is the provincial organization responsible for the sport in BC and has initiated unique programs such as coaching clinics and officials development as part of the BC Games program.

BC Games alumni have been making their mark on the national scene in recent years. BC Games alumni have been making their mark on the national scene in recent years. Ario Nishimura (2014 BC Winter Games) went on to win silver at the 2015 Canada Winter Games and bronze at the 2015 National Championships.