This is the first book to explore women’s judo in all aspects, from the history and governance of the sport to cutting-edge sport science perspectives.
The book examines the story of judo for women and how the history of the sport has paralleled the cultural and social challenges faced by women in both the East and the West. It considers the issues of leadership and governance in contemporary women’s judo, and the obstacles to stronger involvement for women in the sport as a whole, as well as the rules and competition structures that shape the sport today. The book also looks at the tactical and technical considerations of coaching women in judo, and the significance of the coach–athlete relationship, as well as the physiology of the athlete – including the female athlete triad – and how that relates to training, performance, technique and skill acquisition. A concluding chapter presents short biographies of the pioneering female judoka Rusty Kanokogi, Ingrid Bergmans, Kaori Yamaguchi, Karen Briggs and Ryoko Tani.
This is essential reading for anyone with an interest in martial arts or women’s sport and a useful resource for those studying sport history, sociology of sport, gender studies and sport development and coaching.
Table of Contents
1 A History of Women in Judo
2 Teamwork as a Method of Governing in Judo: A Women's Perspective
3 Coaching Women in Judo
4 Training and Physiological Aspects Related to Judo Performance in Women
Xanne Janse de Jonge
5 Perspectives on Technique and Skill Adaption
Darren Warner and Natalie Powell
6 Competition Judo for Women
Lisa Allan and Mike Callan
7 Notable Women Judoka
Mike Callan is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, Sport and Geography and Head of the i-dojo International Judo Research Unit at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. He is the President of the International Association of Judo Researchers, Education Director of the Commonwealth Judo Association and Managing Director of the Judospace Educational Institute. He has worked in the International Federation Services team for judo at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. He is a 7th Dan and was awarded the International Judo Federation Special Award for his services to education and research.