Our Functional Classification System is now scientifically validated!

The FCS (also sometimes referred to as the Adaptive Classification System) has been in use for decades and has been continuously developed until its last revision in 2018. The five-grade system ensures safety and fair competition. Indeed, SNJF and later SNJU have promoted and introduced this system and its associated rulebook into their sphere of influence.

One of the criticisms of the system’s opponents is that it is, supposedly, impossible to rate adapted judoka based on a snapshot evaluation.
The AUTJUDO project in which SNJU and SNJF are participants has now proven that this is most certainly possible, with a high degree of reliability. Indeed, three universities have confirmed this in a peer-reviewed experiment.

This is good news for our FCS; it confirms what we already knew: FCS is a great basis to organise safe and fair competition.

Read more about the guidelines for divisioning? CLICK HERE
Want to read the article of Blanquerna University? CLICK HERE

Breaking: SNJU have reformed their operating principles

At the Special Needs Judo Union (the SNJF sister organisation), two board members have left. In response to this, SNJU have decided to change their course, and to operate completely on non-profit principles. The link below shows the SNJU statement.

Ushiro Ukemi – Safety and Training methods for Special Needs Judoka – A presentation

This is a presentation by Tycho before a group of Special Needs Judo teachers in the judo 3.0 Seminar in Zagreb, May 2021. We are publishing this because coming Sunday the 5th of September, Tycho will give another presentation, this time about adapted kata and we will publish that video too when it becomes available.

This video shows how to make use of ushiro-ukemi to help handicapped judoka become familiar with the judo lessons.


UCF Study: Judo May Help Health, Social Interaction of Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder

UCF (the University of Central Florida) have confirmed what we really already knew: Judo may help people with ASD to function better in society. Read their article here!

Modifications to nage-no-kata for handicapped judoka

Some handicapped judoka cannot stand in a stable manner, or indeed cannot stand at all. Does that mean you cannot perform kata? Certainly not! In such a case, the kata is modified in such a way that the same techniques can be performed, with the same principles. That way, handicapped judoka can still take part in tournaments, and even do dan graduation exams.
This video shows how nage-no-kata can be adapted. Keep in mind that these are examples on how to do this, because of course every judoka is different.