The Budokwai ABC offers you the opportunity to take your first steps into judo in a friendly non-pressurised environment.
No prior experience is necessary – this course is for complete novices. You will receive expert tuition to guide you through the basic moves by the end of the 10 week course you will be ready for your first grading – the first step in attaining the coveted black belt!
Judo is a Japanese combat sport with its roots in traditional Japanese jujitsu. Two judo players (judoka) compete to win by throwing their opponent to the ground, or safely applying a hold-down, arm lock or strangle. Judo means “the gentle way” and the object is to apply these moves through the use of techniques that harness your partner’s momentum rather than brute force.
During the ABC you will be taught how to land safely and some simple throws and hold downs. Training is enjoyable and energetic and you will see your fitness, stamina, strength and confidence improve over the duration of the course.
You will also be introduced to Japanese judo terminology and the traditional values of the sport. Honour and respect are synonymous with judo and you will receive instruction on dojo and etiquette and practise.
Your coach, David Mesa Rey, has been a professional judo instructor for 11 years and has been working at the Budokwai for two years. He was a former national judo champion in Cuba and member of the Cuban national squad. As a professional in his home country he coached several national junior champions to success.
The course fee of £85 includes:
Please complete the form below and return to Reception to secure your place: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 6th: Term starts for JudoGames/ Mini/Midi and Junior
Saturday 25th: British Schools Qualifying Competition. (Instructor invite only.)
Sunday 16th: Red and Yellow Belt Rumble (5-12 years) Please ensure your child's licence is valid for all Judo Events.
Half-Term: 17th-22nd (some Junior Judo classes will run this week - days and time TBC.)
RE-ENROLLMENT for the Summer Term for JudoGames/Mini/Midi Judo will commence the week beginning 10th.
Saturday 1st: Independent schools, Youth Games feeder. (Instructor invite only.)
Sunday 2nd: Core Team Championships Competition. (Instructor invite only.)
Saturday 8th: British Schools Competition. (Instructor invite only.)
Sunday 16th: Budokwai Competition Open. (5-11 years)
Sunday 23rd: Mini/Midi and Junior Grading. We suggest that any child that graded in December 2013 does not attend this grading. Instructors will inform their class if they feel that they are ready to progress to the next grade.
Saturday 5th: End of term
Monday 7th - Friday 11th: Easter Judo Camp. Suitable for children ages between 5-12 years. Hours: 12:30-16:00. Further details will be made available later on in the term.
Please note that all children from 5 years must have a British Judo Association licence. This is in order for them to grade and take part in competitions. Licence application forms can be collected from the Reception or via the BJA Website The BJA Website has a wealth of useful information on it, especially regarding gradings.