Judo is a popular sport for athletes who are blind and visually impaired. The only difference between able-bodied and visually impaired judo is in visually impaired judo, you must maintain contact with your opponent. Once you break contact, the match is stopped, athletes are brought back together and the match resumes. Oftentimes, athletes who are blind and visually impaired transition from their school-based wrestling teams to judo very easily. There are many shared attributes between wrestling and judo and those athletes find success in judo. If you’re interested in learning judo, use the ‘Find a Club’ tool on USA Judo’s website. For more information, please visit USA Judo.
VIDEO – Judo Adaptations for Blind Athletes:
If you would like to compete nationally against your peers, the USA Judo Visually Impaired National Championships is an event you should consider annually. If you aspire to wear the red, white and blue for Team USA at the Paralympic Games, check out the following resources for information, requirements and opportunities.
USA Judo Visually Impaired Resources
US Paralympic Judo High-Performance Director
(719) 866 3683
US Paralympic Judo Head Coach
US Paralympic Judo Assistant Coach
US Paralympic Judo Team Leader