The relationship between judo specific test performances and physical fitness in prepubescent male judo athletes




Martial arts, combat sports, children, physical fitness tests


Selcuk University, Scientific Research Projects (S.U.-BAP Project No. 202058)


The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between judo specific test performances and physical fitness of prepubescent judo athletes. Forty male judo athletes aged 10-13 voluntarily participated. Athletes completed special judo fitness test (SJFT), hikisdashi uchi-komi test (HUT), judogi grip strength tests, and performance-related physical fitness components tests (aerobic power, strength, agility, explosive power, body composition). Correlation coefficients were used to analyze the relationship between the judo specific tests and physical fitness performances. Significant correlations were found between total throw numbers during SJFT, HUT performance, isometric and dynamic judogi grip strength test performance and general performance-related physical fitness tests. Also, negative correlations were found between judo specific tests performances and body fat percent. It can be concluded from the study that total throws in SJFT, 20 s HUT and dynamic judogi grip strength tests can be used to monitor performances of prepubescent judo athletes as these tests present large significant correlations with performance related physical fitness tests.


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Ömer Faruk Demirci, Provincial Directorate of Youth and Sport, Konya

Ömer Faruk Demirci (Türkiye) currently works as judo coach at Provincial Directorate of Youth and Sport. He also took part in the Turkish national judo team and now works as a coach in the visually impaired judo national team. E-mail:

Bayram Ceylan, Department of Coaching Education, Faculty of Sport Sciences, Kastamonu University

Bayram Ceylan (Türkiye) currently works as professor at Coaching Education, Faculty of Sport Sciences, Kastamonu University. He was a part of Turkish national judo team for 15 years and he retired in 2018. He does research about performance, match analysis, recovery, weight loss and dehydration in judo. He has published articles at peer review journals. E-mail:

Sükrü Serdar Balci, Department of Coaching Education, Faculty of Sport Sciences, Selçuk University

Şükrü Serdar Balcı (Türkiye) currently works as a full professor at Coaching Education, Faculty of Sport Sciences, Selçuk University. He was interested in judo. He does research about exercise performance, match analysis, weight loss in judo. E-mail:;


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How to Cite

Demirci, Ömer F., Ceylan, B., & Balci, S. S. . (2023). The relationship between judo specific test performances and physical fitness in prepubescent male judo athletes. Revista de Artes Marciales Asiáticas, 18(1), 12–22.