Judo Lesson Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

Teach your students about the sport of judo with this helpful lesson plan. They will study a text lesson about judo, take a related lesson quiz, and see judo techniques.

Learning Objectives

After studying this lesson about judo your students will be able to:

  • Describe the origins of the sport of judo
  • Explain some of judo's customs
  • Recap the rules and scoring of judo


45 minutes


  • Copy of the text lesson What is Judo? - Definition & Rules along with the related lesson quiz
  • List of common judo throws and techniques, prepared in advance of class, one copy per student
  • Volunteer to assist in judo demonstration
  • Crash mat in center of room

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.

Please note that each state has different standards for physical education. Please consult your state's standards to ensure proper alignment.


  • First, arrange your students' desks in a semi-circle around you.
  • Explain to your students they will be studying about the martial art known as judo.
  • Ask them if anyone is familiar with judo, or has even tried it previously.
  • Pass out copies of the text lesson What is Judo? - Definition & Rules, one copy per student.
  • Read the introduction and the first section 'Suppleness and Tenderness Accompany Life.'
    • What do the two quotes say about the sport of judo?
  • Now, read the section 'What Judo Is and How it Started.'
    • Who invented judo, and from what other martial art did it evolve?
    • What is the main goal of judo?
  • Next, read the section 'Customs of Judo.'
    • What are some of the customs of the sport of judo?
    • For discussion, ask what they think is the best reason for training in a martial art such as judo? Is it for self-defense? Is it for health and wellness? Is it to improve hand-eye coordination? Is it for self-confidence? Is it to prevent oneself from being bullied? What are some other possible reasons to train in judo?
  • Now, read the section 'Rules and Scoring' and stop just before the Lesson Summary.
  1. Can you describe the three types of scoring, and two types of rules infringements? Write these names and answers on a board to be seen from a far.
  2. Can you detail how a contestant wins a match?
  3. What would be your strategy if you took part in a judo match?
  4. Would you like to try judo sometime?

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