Kodomo No Kata
(Forms for Children)
This kata was created by the Kodokan Judo Institute in cooperation with the International Judo Federation (IJF) and the French Judo Federation to help children learn the basics of judo in a safe and systematic manner.
Although the Kodomo-no-kata is specifically aimed at children, it can also be used by adults when they first begin practicing judo.
The Kodomo-no-kata consists of an introductory “Prologue” and then seven “grades or forms”. The forms commence with number 7 through to number 1.
The prolouge starts with how to properaly wear a judogi and the correct protocol for removing one’s shoes when entering the dojo. It is designed in such a way that children can learn proper attitude and behaviours, various ukemi and basic movements on the mat in a gradual and step-by-step manner.
How to Wear the Judogi