Background:Judo is the only martial art designed with educational purposes; however, it is not exempt of the competitive behavior among their athletes searching for the best result.
This scenario puts young athletes, who are in search for fame and personal achievement, in great evidence. In order to accomplish their goal, they struggle with physical, social and emotional efforts.
The present work aims to understand why athletes from the veterans category still expose themselves to the same sacrifices as the younger athletes, who are representing their teams in official
national and international events.
Methods:This research is characterized by a qualitative and descriptive method, using the Participation Motivation Questionnaire (PMQ de Gill; Gross e Huddleston (1983) translated to
Portuguese Language by Sergio & Farias (1996) as Questionário de Motivação para Atividades Desportivas (QMAD) and a personalized Sports Identification Form. We analyzed 20 seniors’ athletes, 18 male
and 02 female, and the median age was 48.2 years. The median time of their Judo experience was 28.6 years being all 1st Dan (1st degree black belt level), recognized by the Brazilian Judo
Results:The frequency of training was at least 02 times per week through 17.8 years competing continuously. Out of 30 questions of QMAD, six (06) have had relevant indexes as very
important and important: 1. To improve my techniques (n=10), 2. To make friendship (n=12), 3. To learn techniques (n=12), 4. to be on shape (n=12), 5. To work out (n=8), 6. Teamwork and (n=10). On the
other hand, two aspects such as not important and insignificant were relevant in 02 questions: 1. To be recognized (n=8) and 2. Not stay at home (n=8). The largest score obtained (n=13) was the
question of "have something to do" considered as important. The questions concerned about health life style 11 responses appears as significant, followed by Judo passion (09) and achievement of new
friendships (06). The aspect of competition was left as the last motivational factor.
Conclusions:. In this study was observed that the motivation for practicing Judo gained relevance in the psychological, technical and physical aspects presenting with great
variability. Although, the social issues can’t be excluded. We agree that more studies like that, which focus on the differential motivational process among Judo Veterans, should be performed in order
to understand the competitive behavior among those athletes.