BECAUSE OF JUDO

PHOTOGRAPHS

All images ©Richard Goulding, written permission and a licence to use is require to use any of these images, no social media use permitted.

CONDITIONING

Michael Horley, the dojo, kendal, feb 2011

 

 

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BEAUTIFUL JUDO

URA-NAGE, Euan Burton and Patrick Dawson, Ratho Dojo, Scotland June 2012

 

 

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JUDO BODY

KATA GURUMA, ALEX PASKE AND JAN GOSIEWSKI, BATH UNIVERSITY DOJO, 2010

 

 

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OLYMPIANS & PARALYMPIANS

Ashley McKenzie, Colin Oates, Danny Williams, Euan Burton, Winston Gordon, James Austin, Chris Sherrington, Kelly Edwards, Sophie Cox, Sarah Clark, Gemma Howell, Sally Conway, Gemma Gibbons, Karina Bryant, Ben Quilter, Sam Ingram.

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DOJO

THE BUDOKWAI, DOJO, CHELSEA, LONDON, july 2010

 

 

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CONTEST JUDO

Purssey (GBR) beats Gielis (BEL) -90kg coached by Billy Cusack at the GB World Cup, Liverpool 2011

 

 

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JUDO hands

MATT Purssey'S HANDS, PHOTOGRAPHED AT LONDON 2012 TEST EVENT, DEC 2011

 

 

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PLAYERS

NEKODA DAVIS, 2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES -57KG CHAMPION, AT WALSALL CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE, DEC 2014

 

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OLD SCHOOL

DON WERNER, PINEWOOD JUDO CLUB, 20 JUNE 2013

 

 

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NEW SCHOOL

THE FUTURE, Azrail Borziev, Manchester Judo Club, Cheadle Drill Hall, Sept 2014

 

 

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Judo is not very good at attracting a new audience. To some its brutal violence, or just pyjama wrestling.  Contest judo is only a very small part of the whole, there is a deep culture with reverence to your seniors, old part masters and its Japanese origins.  But contest judo is difficult to understand, with a complex list of scoring techniques, penalties and subtle tactics to win a match.  What interested me was the path to get to the contest mat, the hours of conditioning of the 'judo body' to ensure you are robust enough to meet in physical contact that was originally a battlefield art designed to kill.  

Limiting myself intentionally to just basic camera equipment, usually a Leica rangefinder and one lens, the hard back book contains 190 black and white photographs over 228 pages. 

All images ©Richard Goulding, written permission and a licence to use is require to use any of these images, no social media use permitted.