Belfast shoppers thrown by judo

The sight of judo taking place in a busy shopping mall was enough to throw Belfast shoppers and passers-by, literally.

The have-a-go coaching session was led by commonwealth games competitor, Mark Montgomery, who was joined by mixed martial artist, Leah McCourt and local Judo coach Mark Spence.

"Judo is a fantastic sport for women and children, for young and old" says McCourt who has introduced her five-year-old to the activity. "Anyone can get involved."

The session was held to promote the versatility of Judo, and demonstrate how adaptable it can be for all abilities and disabilities.

If you fancy taking up a martial art, look at our guide to find out where to start.

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