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Judo for persons who are blind or visually impaired is very similar to the sighted event. There is little modifications to the sport itself and competitions are often integrated and athlete's who are blind or visually impaired will compete against sighted athletes. For information on how to start getting involved in Judo please contact us!
Judo is an all encompassing sport that challenges many elements of human movement such as strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and agility. Basic judo consists of four significant areas, those being, throwing techniques, holding techniques, choking techniques, and arm locking techniques. Chokes and arm locks are reserved from instruction until the students are teenaged, and of notable skill in the other two aspects of judo.
The instruction of any and all judo techniques are given to student in an individual, and an adaptive manner that will be of significance to the particular student. The method most used, is a tactile
approach, guiding the student through the correct physical movements to accomplish a desired technique, with verbal adjunct. The students will always develop at their own rates. There never is any pressure to graduate at any given time, and each student (able bodied or not) is nurtured for the correct amount of time that he/she requires.
Judo is as safe a sport as any other. There are very few injuries realized in judo, and probably less than most sports. This is due to the safety first approach that is universal in judo dojos. There is also an atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation that exists within the dojo. In a short period of time, any student will operate with confidence and self reliance, when they discover what they are truly capable of doing.
Bill Morgan, who has been training OBSA athletes and others since 1984 said that through his experience he has come to the conclusion that visual impairment is not a reason to be unable to succeed at a desired outcome, and that judo is a perfect vehicle to demonstrate this principal to the student, and to their parents.
The judo program, which has been supported by OBSA for many years, has been an undoubted success. It is our hope that the increased attention to building a strong judo base in Ontario by way of OBSA initiatives, there will be more Ontarian judo players, who are visually impaired, standing on international podiums.
Want to get into Judo? Contact us and we will answer any questions you have and get you going in the right direction. For further information on the sport in Ontario please visit http://www.judoontario.ca/.
If you are an organization with questions about coaching and interacting with an athlete please call us and we will do everything we can to create a positive learning experience for you and your athletes.