The development of a judo athlete (judoka) starts with fun physical activity and becomes fulfilling, meaningful sport that enriches lives. The ultimate goal of the sport is to perfect oneself, and to contribute to society. The judo community embody values of courtesy, courage, honesty, honour, modesty, respect, self-control & friendship. Values we hope to pass on to every judoka.
Through training, judoka nurture their physical, mental, and moral strength, building gradually to a point where a judoka develops adaptability, independence & resilience (AIR). Like many things worth achieving, this means that judo development can be a long, complex, and difficult journey. The ‘Judo Scotland Player Development Framework’ is a guide to help those involved in supporting & developing judo athletes navigate the journey. We know athlete development is not an exact science. It is unique to each individual and ever-changing. This framework is therefore designed as guidelines, not tramlines, the purpose of which is to map the enduring principles of development. The framework is by no means exhaustive and will always require coaches and judoka to bring it to life and make it their own. We hope it provides a level of understanding of Judo development across our community