The JFAUK is formed on solid grounds from past experience, and our goal is to maintain the fundamentals of traditional Japanese judo and for all who wish to practice it. Bureaucratic policies within the existing governing bodies of judo and the constant interference in the running of clubs have resulted in a decline of judo clubs around the country. We have all witnessed the decline in the numbers around us. Teaching of judo has become more difficult or troublesome adversely affecting the running of judo clubs. This has created a situation that more and more clubs are closing or remain dysfunctional. Poor policies and illogical expectations have faded people’s morale and faith has been lost. We believe that many frustrated judoka are not happy and are looking for alternative solutions so that they can continue to practice and develop judo on a realistic level. Clearly, there is a need for life line to revive and revitalise judo in the UK.

JFAUK was founded precisely with the aim of providing such a lifeline, working hard to preserve the vital values held in traditional judo, and in order to radically change the way that people are recognised and treated within the sport.

We aim to support and promote Judo in a more straightforward way encouraging new and existing clubs to follow innovative ideas which will help everyone see growth without compromising traditional judo. We aim to restore faith and trust in the “sensei”!  Instructors must be allowed to have access to further judo knowledge and resources. At the same time their authority and prestige must be reinstated in order to sustain their clubs in a functional manner.  Who better to grade a student than their own instructor - “sensei” who has seen their process of development?

JFAUK, has developed a comprehensive grading structure that relates to the everyday judo practiced in the dojo.  It embraces the important aspects of judo while underlining its fundamentals. The syllabus is geared to enhance a deeper understanding within the techniques of judo. It represents a simple coaching programme that is easily understood and is used by many coaches and students.

The formula for success is and can be a simple one. Judo, after all is about learning on the mat and off the mat. In fact it is a process to learn how to learn more effectively. Judo education, when instructed and understood well, can produce inspirational results in individuals and society at large.

Judo must be seen as an essential path in bridging the gaps in education, heightening sensitivities to cognition, learning, practice and responsible behaviour.

We welcome everyone to join us in this endeavour.

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JFAUK Features

  • Traditional Judo at it best!
  • Club independence
  • Grade up to Brown Belt
  • Extensive Audio/Video teaching tools
  • Regular workshops
  • Instructors training
  • Insurance with £10million cover
  • No Bureacracy
  • Forward looking and inclusive organisation

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