Girls & Women in Judo
Judo may not be the first sport that comes to mind when looking for a sport for girls and women, but maybe it should be. The first women’s World Championship took place in 1980, and in 1984 Rhonda Rousey’s mom won, becoming USA’s first world champion. Women’s judo has been in the Olympics since 1988. In London 2012, two American women brought home medals.
A bronze for Marti Malloy and the first ever gold for an American, male or female, by Kayla Harrison. In judo classes boys and girls, men and women practice together. Women in judo will gain an understanding of their physical abilities in a confrontational situation - and work to improve their strength, coordination, and confidence.