The sport of Judo holds incredible potential for improving the physical, mental and psychological well being of blind athlete.

Our Paralympic program, led by Coach Willy Cahill, helps blind judokas train, compete – often against sighted athletes – and qualify for the Paralympic Games.

Our Community program work with neighbourhood and regional dojos to support blind and visually impaired youth and veterans as they begin, train and compete in Judo.

Rules & Equipment 

Blind Judo plays the same to the sighted game, however the significant differences in the rules include that Blind Competitors begin the round already holding each other. The referee will audibly let competitors know when they are reaching the edge of the playing area as the are not able to locate it with their sight.


All competitors at an elite level of Blind Judo have less than 10% of their Vision, Athletes compete within their weight categories which has the largest effect of who they compete against. 

Completely Blind Competitors have a red dot on their sleeve in order to outline that they are blind, and those that are deaf have a yellow dot below it. 


Contacting a Local Judo Centre and finding out if they offer classes and competitions is the best way the get involved with blind judo, however you can also go through the blind judo foundation website which is located lower on this page to find out through them when and where events are available that are coming up.

How to Contact?

Blind Judo is a sport that requires a high level of practice and skill, however it is a very enjoyable sport at the same time that doesn't only keep you fit but also keeps you having fun and meeting new people. The Blind Judo Foundation has a good website that clearly outlines how to contact them to find out about any inquiries you may have. 

They also have an available Facebook, Twitter and YouTube allowing for you to have even more access and understanding of the work that they do. It is also good to check with your Local Member Organisation if you have any questions about how to get started that you don't want to ask the Blind Judo Foundation. 

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