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Tipperary Open Judo Friendship Games 2016

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Judo Assist Ireland is a national Special Needs/Autism programme developed to further promote the sport for all concept and to introduce the amazing Olympic, Special Olympic and Paralympic sport of judo to a wide spectrum of disability groups and individuals across the lenght and breadth Ireland and beyond.

Judo is one of the most participated sports across the world and it is also one of the most adaptable. 

Judo is suitable for people of all abilities and disabilities including  Learning & intellectual disabilities, Social disabilities (Autism, ADHD), sensory impairments (hearing & visual), physical & motorial disabilities,  Down syndrome and much more...

There are no kicks, punches or stiking of any kind in judo, and the element of RESPECT is paramount.
Translated the Japanese word for judo is  "The Gentle Way".

There are two strands to our programme, (1) Fully Inclusive and (2) Specialised SN/Autism classes. The fully inclusive classes are available in a large number of progressive judo clubs around the country, whereas our specialised classes are currently  only available in Tipperary, Galway, Offaly, Kilkenny, Wexford and Belfast. Plans are currently underway to open a number of new specialised classes throughout the country. To keep up to date on our new classes and other activities, please like our Facebook page.

Our positive approach to adaptive coaching is paramount to the continued success of our programme, to this end we run adaptive coaching courses here in Ireland and across Europe. Our coaching techniques are modified and developed with a clear focus on individual ability and the physical, social and emotional benefits to all who take part. The aim is to concentrate on what the student can do and not on what they can't.

All our judo Assist classes are taught using variety of play techniques which promotes ease of learning and of course is great fun for all involved. Please browse our site for more info and if you have any questions please email us at

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