Veteran & Kata


Judo is a sport, an art, a discipline, a hobby, a social activity, a fitness program, a method of self-defense, and a way of life. While practicing the sport, Judoka not only develop their physical skills, but also their psychological and social qualities. These attributes help them overcome obstacles and challenges that arise throughout life. Judo is a sport for all persons and all ages, and its practice makes it possible to maintain or adopt an active lifestyle.



The veteran is defined as follows: “any active judoka 30 years of age and over.’’Competitions for veterans are categorized by age and weight, according to the guidelines of the International Judo Federation: among veterans, there are 11 age categories and 7 weight categories per gender.



The Katas are technical demonstrations of a series of codified movements mimicking a fight. Katas are used to demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of judo and mastery of their application. According to Master Kano, they allow you to truly understand what judo is. They are the spirit of judo. In Canada, Kata competitions have no gender division. Female, male, and mixed pairs are accepted. There are three age groups for Kata competitions: senior, U23, and U16.

For more information, please consult the VETERAN & KATA HANDBOOK



If you are interested in judging Kata events, know that Judo Canada uses the same Kata Evaluation rules as the International Judo Federation.  Judo Canada also offers training and evaluation clinics for potential Kata judges.  To register for a national level Kata evaluators training and certification you must register with Judo Canada via the form available here: