1st Edition

The Science of Judo

Edited By Mike Callan Copyright 2019
    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    192 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    The Science of Judo is the first book to set out and discuss the science, coaching and history behind judo performance. Evidence-based and informed by the latest research, the book offers practical guidance on preparing athletes for high performance and understanding the core tenets of sport science underpinning it.

    Featuring contributions from world-leading experts, the book consists of chapters on all aspects of judo performance, including:

    • The historical development of judo and its physical, intellectual and moral role

    • Physical preparation for competition, coaching and training strategies

    • Skill acquisition, talent identification and development

    • Nutrition and lifestyle of judoka

    • Performance analysis and biomechanics

    • Injury epidemiology and prevention

    • Special considerations for female and young judoka

    Clearly written and accessible, The Science of Judo provides upper-level students and researchers, and coaches and sport science staff working with judoka, with the most thorough and authoritative reference on sport science applied to judo currently available.

    Part 1: History and Education

    1. Historical Development of Judo

    Mike Callan and Slavisa Bradic

    2. Judo as A Physical, Intellectual and Moral Education

    Mike Callan

    3. Kata Training for Judo: Value and Application of Judo Kata to Judo Training

    Slaviša Bradić and Mike Callan

    4. Judo Injuries Epidemiology and Prevention

    Nikos Malliaropoulos

    Part 2: Development

    5. Judo for children

    Slavisa Bradic

    6. Talent identification, development, and the young judo player

    George Bountakis, Yusuke Kanamaru and Andrew Burns

    7. The Skill Acquisition Process for Judo - Building to A Constraints Led Approach

    Darren Warner and Yusuke Kanamaru

    8. Considerations for the Female Judoka

    Xanne Janse de Jonge

    Part 3: Competition

    9. Competition Demands of Judo

    Xanne Janse de Jonge

    10. Athlete-Centred Coaching

    Darren Warner

    11. Periodization and Planning of Training for Judo

    Bob Challis

    12. Physical Preparation for Judo

    Andrew Burns, Ben Rosenblatt and Allan Macdonald

    13. Psychological Preparation for the Judoka

    Rebeka Prosoli and Renata Baric

    14. Notational Analysis for Judo

    Bob Challis and Leonardo José Mataruna-Dos-Santos

    15 Biomechanics of Judo

    Mike Callan

    16. Nutrition and weight management for judo

    Mike Callan


    Mike Callan is a Principal Lecturer in Sport Development and Business at the University of Hertfordshire, UK and a European Judo Union Didactic and Scientific Expert. He has extensive experience in providing coach education and consultancy around the world. He is the President of the International Association of Judo Researchers and Secretary General of the Commonwealth Judo Association. Previously he was the International Federation Services Group Leader for Judo for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and Chief Executive of the Judospace Educational Institute. His PhD relates to support for judo players in an educational environment. He is a 7th Dan and was awarded the International Judo Federation Special Award for his services to education and research.