JUNIOR JUDO OVERVIEW

WHY JUDO?

Judo is an incredibly popular sport to be taught to children. Not only is it excellent for all round general fitness, but it also emphasises on many other qualities such as discipline, focus, co-ordination and respect. Our Junior Judo classes are specifically designed for children aged 8-13 years. Many of our current members have either transgressed from Midi Judo classes or joined new to the Junior classes.
Our classes are structured to benefit all levels, whether the complete beginner or more advanced Judoka. We have two instructors in each class to ensure safety and to closely monitor the progress of our Judoka. Classes are often split depending on their level, to allow children to develop at their own pace.

CLASS STRUCTURE

The aims of our Junior Judo classes are to teach boys and girls the essentials of Newaza (ground holds) and the art of Ukemi (break falling) as well as Tachiwaza (throwing moves).
As the children’s skills develop they are introduced to the traditional Japanese training format of Randori (free practice) and Nagekomi (throwing practice).
The classes also include co-ordination skills with fun and games which are all taught in a safe and effective environment with highly qualified instructors.
We develop our Judoka through the British Judo Association grading system (coloured belts and tabs) as well as regular competitions that are both held at the club as well as on local and national scales.

JUNIOR JUDO GRADINGS

Junior Judokas are graded through Mon grades (unlike adults who are graded through Kyu grades). At a junior level the highest grade you can achieve is 18th Mon (Brown belt) where upon you must wait until you are 16 years of age till you can grade towards your 1st Dan (Black belt). At this stage you will enter the adult grading schemed.
Junior gradings are held at the Budokwai approximately three times a year-usually in March, May and September. Novice – 6th Mon (Yellow Belt+ 3 red stripes) Judoka are graded in class time as these grades are based solely on theory and technique. Once you are over 6th Mon you will attend separate gradings held at the Budokwai which are based on a combination of theory and Randori.

Please see our Up and Coming Events section for dates and times for all 6+ Mon Junior gradings, and our Junior Judo Competitions (Budokwai Junior Judo Festivals)

The Belt system goes as follows:

1st mon -

Red belt

+ 1 yellow stripe

2nd mon -

Red belt

+ 2 yellow stripes

3rd mon-

Red belt

+ 3 yellow stripes

4th mon-

Yellow belt

+ 1 yellow stripe

5th mon-

Yellow belt

+ 2 yellow stripes

6th mon-

Yellow belt

+ 3 yellow stripes

7th mon-

Orange belt

+ 1 yellow stripe

8th mon-

Orange belt

+ 2 yellow stripes

9th mon-

Orange belt

+ 3 yellow stripes

10th mon-

Green belt

+ 1 yellow stripe

11th mon-

Green belt

+ 2 yellow stripes

12th mon-

Green belt

+ 3 yellow stripes

13th mon-

Blue belt

+ 1 yellow stripe

14th mon-

Blue belt

+ 2 yellow stripes

15th mon-

Blue belt

+ 3 yellow stripes

16th mon-

Brown belt

+ 1 yellow stripe

17th mon-

Brown belt

+ 2 yellow stripes

18th mon-

Brown belt

+ 3 yellow stripes