Inclusive and Special Needs

Judo offers a myriad of benefits for individuals with special needs, making it an excellent choice for their physical and mental well-being. This martial art provides a structured environment, promoting predictability and stability. Physical fitness is enhanced through cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and flexibility routines. Moreover, Judo fosters social interaction, boosting self-confidence and empowerment through peer support and skill progression. Its focus on discipline and emotional regulation aids in managing emotions effectively. Judo techniques are adaptable, ensuring inclusivity and allowing individuals to progress at their own pace. In essence, Judo provides a supportive and inclusive platform for individuals with special needs to develop essential skills while enjoying the numerous benefits of martial arts training.

United Judo has now introduced extended support for those with additional needs from multiple backgrounds with numerous coaches taking additional learning to better understand how to adapt the conversation, lesson and direction.

Due to the requirements of coaching and facilitating staff, please check before attending sessions by calling us directly.

Dedicating specific sessions to disabled or special needs judokas is paramount for ensuring inclusivity and providing tailored support. By offering specialised sessions, instructors can cater to the unique needs and abilities of individuals with disabilities, adapting techniques and training methods accordingly. These dedicated sessions create a safe and supportive environment where participants can learn and progress at their own pace without feeling overwhelmed or excluded. Moreover, focusing on the specific challenges faced by disabled judokas allows for the development of targeted strategies to address mobility, sensory, or cognitive issues. Ultimately, these dedicated sessions not only promote accessibility and equal participation but also foster a sense of belonging and empowerment among individuals with special needs within the Judo community.

Top judo suit at Festival of special needs Judo 2019

“At United Judo, our goal is to extend the benefits of Judo to everyone in the community, creating a welcoming environment free from bullying and everyday stresses. We strive to support individuals in reaching their full potential and seizing the opportunities available within our club.”

Dave Quinn (Head Coach)

When are the sessions?

We’ve got classes running on the following dates this year:

10th February

23rd March

13th April

18th May

15th June

20th July

17th August

14th September

12th October

9th November

14th December

If you would like to get involved or have an individual wishing to join, please contact us directly. Numbers are limited for these classes and only available on a first come first served basis unfortunately due to our staffing capabilities to best cater for the needs of the tatami (Judo mat).


Photos supplied by IJF (International Judo Federation) at the Special Needs Festival 2019.