Para Judo

Oleksandr Kosinov of Ukraine battles with Seyed Omid Nouri Jafari of Iran during the Men's 81 kg bout at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. (Bruna Prado/Getty Images)

What's it all about?

You know when the hero just tosses the bad guy to the ground with some super slick moves? Well there are some real-life athletes who can do the same thing! We’re talking para judo and you should check it out.

How it's played

Things to watch for

an athlete with a white outfit and red dots is holding another one down on the mat
Vilham Zakiyev of Azerbaijan competes against Yangaliny Jimenez of Cuba during the 2016 Rio Paralympics. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)
Red circles
  • You might see that there are red circles on the sleeves of some of the athletes.
  • These make it easier for the referees to see which athletes are completely blind. 
  • These athletes are not penalized for leaving the mat unless it's intentional and they might need help to get back to the centre.
an athlete throws another to the mat
Jordan Mouton of the USA competes in the Judo 70 kg match against Maria del Carmen Herrera of Spain during the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. (Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
  • In para judo, there are two types of techniques. 
  • One of them is nagewaza, which are throwing moves. Although the action is quick, you'll probably catch quite a few of the over 50 throwing techniques during the events.
an athlete tries to pin another to the mat
Dmytro Slovey of Ukraine battles with Ramil Gasimov of Azerbaijan in the Men's 73 kg Judo at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. (Bruna Prado/Getty Images)
  • The other of the two judo techniques is katamewaza, which refers to the grappling moves. 
  • These include pinning, choking (only until subdued) and joint locking techniques.