Judo is derived from Jujutsu and was created by Professor Jigoro Kano, a Japanese teacher. The name Judo was chosen because it means the "gentle or yielding way". Judo is a well recognised martial art and Olympic status sport, teaching those who undertake it will learn self discipline, respect for others and to gain confidence. It also promotes fitness, strength, endurance, agility, balance and coordination to name but a few.
The point in competitive Judo is to beat your opponent. You can do this by throwing, holding them down, strangling or armlocking you opponent, so long as it complies with Judo rules and terms.
Judo is many things to different people. It is a fun sport, an art, a discipline, a recreational or social activity, a fitness program, a means of self-defence or combat, and a way of life. It is all of these and more. People practice Judo to excel in competition, to stay in shape, to develop self-confidence, and for many other reasons. But most of all, people do Judo just for the fun of it.
Enlisting your child will give them the opportunity to experience the gentle martial art and Olympic sport of Judo. It is a fantastic sport that gives children a head start on fundamental sports skills such as agility, co-ordination and balance to name just a few. It also builds confidence, discipline and helps children develop respect for others.
This course will be lead by a fully qualified 1st Dan (black belt) coach; Jessica Mair, who holds all of the relevant awards through the British Judo Association. This includes her achievement of a UKCC level 2 award in coaching Judo, a revalidation award each year additionally, first aid certified, CRB checked and has also completed a safeguarding and protecting children course. She is also fully licensed and insured through both the BJA and UK Sport.
Jessica started Judo and developed a high standard of technical ability from a young age, medalling at the majority of competitions entered both nationally and internationally. Jessica then gained qualification to the England Squad through attaining medals at the British National Championships and various other prestige competitions. She has then represented England in training camps and competitions in this country and also abroad, including selection twice for the UK Games, medalling both times , and also became the reserve player for the Cadet European and Youth Olympic Games.
Just a drink and PE kit, Judo suit hire is included.
Defiantly. Judo is a brilliant sport for helping kids grow confidence! It's not just a case of the kids fight, they learn to respect and look after each other by putting each other down nicely when throwing. Judo associated games are also used to introduce the children in fundamental skills other than learning the sport such as balance and coordination. The children learn how to correctly fall and do the sport on a thick jigsaw tatami.
In most cases yes! We try our best to give ALL children the opportunity to learn something new and will change our coaching approach dependant on your child's needs for them to learn Judo. If you have any concerns then please feel free to contact us!
NO! it’s a mixed martial art, both girls and boys can do Judo and play games together but in competition it is split whereby girls stick with girls and boys stay with the boys.
No, don’t worry! They will be taught how to fall and roll correctly, a couple of gentle throws, a variety of hold downs and most of all in the children's eyes; PLAY GAMES!
Jessica Mair (Coach)
Secretary: 0151 4878990