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Performance Analysis: Wrestling and Judo

Course Code: SPSC 1314
Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Sport Science
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

In this course, the combatant sports of wrestling and judo will be analyzed from theoretical and practical points of view. Emphasis will be upon students demonstrating knowledge of the nature, performance and strategies of each sport and to correctly apply appropriate methods of analysis and instruction of the biomechanical, physiological, technical and tactical aspects of both sports.

Course Content


The student will:

  1. Describe the historical development of the sport
  2. Describe the terminology of the sport
  3. Describe the rule concepts

Biomechanics and Physics

The student will:

  1. Explain in biomechanical terms how to achieve human efficiency, power and force in setups, execution, and finishing phases of individual techniques
  2. Explain the physics principles relating to fundamental movement patterns and force application


  1. The student will describe the physiological parameters of the sports of wrestling and judo:
    • warm-up techniques
    • energy systems; aerobic, anaerobic alactic, anaerobic lactic
    • muscular strength, power, endurance
    • flexibility
    • agility
    • warm down, overload techniques

Wrestling Techniques

The student will:

  1. Describe movement patterns
  2. Demonstrate the stance techniques
  3. Demonstrate the pinning techniques
  4. Demonstrate ground wrestling techniques
  5. Demonstrate standing wrestling techniques

Judo techniques

The student will:

  1. Describe breakfall progressions
  2. Demonstrate standing techniques
  3. Demonstrate ground techniques

Tactics and Strategies

  1. The student will describe a theoretical knowledge and analysis of wrestling and judo tactics and strategies.

Pedagogical Principles

The student will:

  1. Describe and demonstrate teaching methodologies relating to appropriate skill progressions
  2. Describe and demonstrate knowledge of drill construction
  3. Describe and demonstrate knowledge of combative games relating to skill acquisition

Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture
  • Practical applications and experiences
  • Field observation
  • Guest presenters
  • Technology assisted learning
  • Assigned readings and literature research

Means of Assessment

The selection of evaluation tools for this course is based upon:

  1. Adherence to college evaluation policy regarding number and weighing of evaluations.
  2. A developmental approach to evaluation that is sequenced and progressive.

Sample evaluation:

Participation 10%
Mid-term exam 20%
Final exam 10%
Term project 30%
Practical application 30%

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the conceptual nature of wrestling and judo
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of biomechanics and physics that apply to wrestling and judo
  3. Describe the physiological parameters of wrestling and judo
  4. Describe and demonstrate a practical knowledge of wrestling techniques
  5. Describe and demonstrate a practical knowledge of judo techniques
  6. Describe the tactics and strategies involved in the performance of wrestling and judo
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the appropriate pedagogical principles for effective instruction of wrestling and judo

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.