Coaching courses will be advertised via the Northern Ireland Judo Federation website and the social media outlets.

BJA Level 1 Award

This is the starting point for the coaching journey in Judo. If you are new to coaching judo, have limited coaching knowledge or want to get more involved in your club, then this is the course for you.

The learning programme and assessment for the BJA Level 1 is run over three days (two days where the learning programme is delivered and one day of assessment). It focuses on the ‘how to coach skills’ using practical technical examples (where relevant) to apply these skills; basic technical principles of ne-waza and tachi-waza; health and safety; and basic judo rules.

On successful completion of this course candidates will receive a British Judo Association Level 1 coaching award and will be equipped to work alongside a UKCC Level 2 or UKCC Level 3 judo coach during club or other relevant coaching sessions. Once they have turned 18 years of age, a BJA Level 1 coach may, upon the discretion of a UKCC Level 2 or UKCC Level 3 coach, also work independently under supervision.

Before you sign up you need to be;

  • At least 16 years of age
  • Be a current member of the Northern Ireland Judo Federation/British Judo Association
  • Hold a minimum 2ndKyu Grade
  • Have a good knowledge of the British Judo Mon and Kyu Grade Syllabi
  • Be able to communicate effectively in English (listening, speaking, reading and writing)

Course Details

  • Candidates are required to complete a portfolio of tasks within six months of their assessment. These tasks include;
  • Four session plans (minimum of two session plans to be completed before assessment day)
  • Two ne-waza and two tachi-waza coaching point diagrams
  • Health and safety task – facility check and basic first aid
  • Safeguarding and Protecting Children
  • Contest rules

The final assessment day is held at least 4 weeks after the learning programme has finished

In addition to attending a BJA Level 1 Coach learning programme, completing the assessment and completing portfolio tasks, all candidates will require to have in place the following before receiving their BJA Level 1 qualification.

  • Full current Northern Ireland Judo Federation Membership or Full current British Judo Association Membership
  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check
  • Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport Certificate
  • First Aid Certificate

BJA Level 2

The United Kingdom Coaching Certificate (UKCC) Level 2 Award in Coaching Judo is the second step on the Judo’s coaching pathway.

This course aims to provide candidates with an introduction to the processes and principles of coaching judo to adults and children. If you are already a qualified coach and are looking to develop your knowledge and skills to deliver better and more sessions at your club, then this is the course for you.

The learning programme and assessment for the UKCC Level 2 is run over five days (four days where the learning programme is delivered and one day of assessments).

On successful completion of this course candidates will receive a UKCC Level 2 coaching award and will be equipped to deliver sessions independently and work alongside a UKCC Level 3 judo coach during club or other relevant coaching sessions. UKCC Level 2 coaches are also able to set up their own judo club(s).

Before the course you would need;

  • To be over 17 years of age
  • Be a current member of the Northern Ireland Judo Federation or British Judo Association
  • Hold a minimum 1stKyu Grade
  • It is recommended that candidates hold a BJA Level 1 coaching award

Be able to communicate effectively in English (listening, speaking, reading and writing).

Course Details

Candidates are required to complete the 15-module programme. A mock assessment and a personal action planning process as part of the training. This will be followed by a period of extended study and logged coaching practice prior to the final assessment. Candidates will work through the following units as part of this course;

  • Understanding the Fundamentals of Coaching Sport
  • Understanding how to develop participants through Coaching Sport
  • Understanding the Principles of Safe and Equitable Coaching practice
  • Plan a series of Judo coaching sessions
  • Prepare the Judo Coaching environment
  • Deliver a series of Judo coaching sessions
  • Monitor and evaluate Judo coaching sessions.

The final assessment day is held approximately 8 weeks after the learning programme has finished.

For information on BJA Level 3 please check out the following link for details; https://www.britishjudo.org.uk/my-judo/coaching/qualifications/ukcc-level-3/