Para Judo

The Sport

Paralympic judo is exclusively for athletes with a vision impairment and follows the same rules as Olympic judo, with the difference that judokas shall start and remain during the combat holding each other’s suits.
Combats last five minutes for men and four for women. The aim is to either gain more points than the rival by skilful attacks or score the “ippon” by throwing the opponent with their back on the ground, immobilising them or forcing a submission.
Athletes compete in a series of tournaments along the year, including World Cups and world and regional Championships.

Classification: Only athletes with vision impairment are eligible to compete, with all the sight classes (B1, B2 and B3) competing together and divided according to the judokas’ weight.

The athletes have less than 10 per cent visual acuity remaining or a visual field restricted to 40 degrees diameter. A red circle on the sleeve of their Judogi indicates an athlete who is completely blind.
Athletes compete in weight categories independent of their vision impairment.

History and Paralympic Debut

Men’s Para judo was first included in the Seoul 1988 Paralympics with women’s Para judo following at Athens 2004. The sport is the only martial art on the programme.

At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games there were seven different male weight divisions and six female weight divisions: -48kg, -52kg, 57kg, -63kg, -70kg and +70kg.


Iran Para Judo

Judo for the first time was administered in 1991 and players represented Team Iran at 1998 World Championships in Spain.

The first edition of the national championships was staged next year in 1993. Team Iran made its first international appearance in 1998.
Currently, para athletes are under support of I. R. Iran Sports Federation for the Blind (IRISFB) which is member of the NPC to get support.



Watch an introduction to the sport on Paralympic Sports A-Z: Para Judo