*Updated 20.04.2020


  • The project is made for children practising judo at school. Judo is taught in schools - during physical education lessons or as an after school activity. School children that train in a club can be part of the Judo Schools League competitions. 
  • The introduction of judo in the school environment should be a positive experience for everybody. Those wishing to pursue judo at a more advanced level can be introduced into the clubs. Those practising judo not only at school, will be invited to compete according to different Outlines.
  • Parents and family members should be encouraged to attend the event and be the support force. 
  • Team composition: 4 children per activity (any permutation: 3 girls 1 boy, 2 boys 2 girls, etc), maximum 16 children per team.
  • No weigh categories, it is important that the age groups are respected. 
  • The participating schools become members of the Judo Schools League. The school team winning the local level is qualified to the next level. 
  • A school competition consists of 4 activities - theoretical, physical, technical and opposition game - depending on age group. The points achieved in each activity are accumulated to select the winner.
  • A positive environment must be created: PARTICIPATION is more important than ELIMINATION, a TEAM work rather than an INDIVIDUAL effort needs to be prioritised.
  • Maturity levels need to be taken into consideration so the rules need to be adapted to allow all levels of maturity to participate. Coaches must always beware and take into consideration differences in maturity between chronological and biological age (how old the child is and how old the child seems).



G1 - 7/8 y.o.

G2 - 9/10 y.o.

G3 - 11/12 y.o.


GROUP 1 (7-8 y.o.)

A1 - Theoretical test

A2 - Physical test

A3 - Break falls and Technical test

A4 - Opposition game (grab the belt)


GROUP 2 (9-10 y.o.)

A1 - Theoretical test

A2 - Physical test 

A3 - Break falls and Technical test 

A4 - Opposition game (sumo)


GROUP 3 (11-12 y.o.)

A1 - Theoretical test

A2 - Physical test 

A3 - Break falls and Technical test 

A4 - Opposition game (Shiai Ne Waza)



  • Schools can have a minimum of 4 children and maximum of 16 per team. 
  • A team consists of 4 children per activity. Can be any permutation: 3 girls + 1 boy, 4 boys, etc.
  • The school can enter up to 4 different teams of children per age category. Meaning that one team of 4 can participate in the theoretical test, another team of 4 can participate in the physical test, etc. Age groups must be strictly obeyed. 
  • Nomination of names will be given before each evaluation.



  • making of cheering posters,
  • flags,
  • songs, cheers and chant,
  • “musical accompaniment” (party blowers, drums, clicks, etc),
  • common uniform to identify the team,
  • family members can be invited to bake a cake that will be presented after the competition at the awarding ceremony. 


The following documents are available for authorised users:

  • Outlines suggestion with recommendations for Competition mode, Refereeing&scoring rules, Coaching, Draw, etc.  
  • Recommendations for materials and equipment
  • Application form templates
  • Guidelines for school event organisation