Judo first appeared at the Paralympic Games, Seoul 1988 for men and then Athens 2004 for women as well. Judo is the only martial art in the Paralympic Games, with classifications for visually impaired athletes.

An interview with blind judoka Ian Rose

Ian Rose talks about the importance of judo in developing his self confidence and identity as a visually-impaired person. Read more

Video still of an interview with Simon Jackson about Blind Judo

An interview with blind judoka Simon Jackson

"Judo lends itself to a visual impairment because it’s tactile. You don’t ‘do’ judo until you’ve got hold of each other, so it’s perfect for somebody like me whose got bad eyes." Read more

Winning Gold at Seoul

Simon recalls what it was like to compete and win gold at the Seoul Games in 1988. Read more