As well as being a form of self defense, martial arts are also a great way to improve fitness, coordination and self-esteem. There are many disciplines of martial arts including judo, karate, taekwondo and ju-jitsu. Most martial arts clubs welcome recreational and competitive participants.
Contact your local martial arts club for information about come and try opportunities and membership. For a list of martial arts clubs in your area, visit:
- Queensland Judo
- Martial Arts Queensland
- Queensland Karate Association
- Sports Taekwondo Queensland
- Lang Park Judo Club
- Cairns Judo – Southside Judo Club
Coaching and development opportunities are provided through local martial arts clubs and governing bodies for the sport.
Competition opportunities and pathways
Judo is the only martial arts discipline that currently offers opportunities for participants with a disability to compete at state, national and international competition. Judo is a Paralympic sport for people with a vision impairment.
Judo participants need to be classified to compete national and international level.
Equipment varies for each different discipline of martial arts.
You don’t have to participate in martial arts to be involved. You can make a contribution as a volunteer, coach, team manager, official, administrator of the sport or as an enthusiastic supporter. For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact your local martial arts club.