1st Edition

Women in Judo

Edited By Mike Callan Copyright 2022
    94 Pages
    by Routledge

    94 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    Mike Callan


    1          A History of Women in Judo

                Amanda Spenn

    2          Teamwork as a Method of Governing in Judo: A Women's Perspective

                Sanda Čorak

    3          Coaching Women in Judo

                Mike Callan

    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


    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.