Session Leaders

The Budokwai Babies and Toddlers Team

Meet the Session Leaders ....
All our staff are fully CRB checked and have experience working with children. Most of our team have stayed with the Budokwai for many years and are still enjoying it!!



In Katie's gym classes, your child will not only learn about balance, co-ordination and movement through exercise and races, but also through music, dance and song. Children will also work on interaction skills within their peer-group and have lots of fun along the way. The freedom that they have in our secure, fully cushioned dojo really gives your child that sense of independence that they don't have in the park.


George has worked at The Budokwai for over ten years as a Session Leader for the JudoGym classes. Prior to that he was a manager for a mobile creche company called 'Nipabout' with children ranging from 0-16 years. He trained as an actor and has worked extensively in theatre and he brings this energy to his classes, making them lively and fun.


My name is Lee Gonzalez and I have been involved in the Budokwai since joining the club myself as a child many, many years ago. I have taught children at this club now for over 20 years and been involved in "babies and toddlers" and "judo-gym" sessions since they were first launched here over 15 years ago. Still, after all these years, I am passionate about my job. The satisfaction I get, from the triumphs and achievements of the wide variety of children I meet, more than compensates for the challenge of keeping all their different personalities happy and safe while they learn new skills.

Experience has taught me to keep the emphasis on fun (being a big kid myself helps), whether it is learning to take your first steps or mastering the art of a judo technique. The fact that I also teach mini, midi and junior judo classes, which children can move on to later, means I have the privilege of seeing many children progress through to their teens and often into adulthood (yes that does make me feel old). Another reason I am still passionate about my job is that I get to work alongside many talented and inspirational people. Along with the feedback from children and parents this enables me to continue my own learning and maintain enthusiasm, even on the more challenging days.


My name is Clara and I recently joined the club. I have ten years experience working with children and art studies background. Particularly as a UNICEF volunteer I gained experience organising educational activities with specific topics targeted at children and families.I am interested in interacting with children through painting, drawing and singing which are first steps to build their self esteem and creativity.
During the art sessions I would like parents and nannies take part in the activities as to create an even more nicer and constructive environment.


I am the latest member to join the Budokwai team. I have worked in the independent, state and voluntary sector and have 20 years experience working and teaching young children covering all areas of the national curriculum.

My particular interests are language development through song and drama and giving children the opportunity to experiment and build self esteem through art.

You will find me in the art classes on Mondays and Fridays.