Friday 17 November 2023

Saturday Morning the Highlight of my Week!

Saturday morning Judo is really good fun at the moment.  We have a good range of skill levels and some fantastic 13-16 year old's willing and able to train hard and learn good Judo. It makes for a really enjoyable session for Nellie, Todd and I because teaching keen, motivated and capable students is great fun.  


Friday 27 October 2023

Another Great Saturday Morning at Big Judo Pukekohe

We trained hard today and had a good turnout. We had visitor, Souki an Indian national level competitive player.  It was nice watching him throw our Cadets around.  

It is really good when a good competitive Judoka visits because it gives the team a great training opportunity. We rally appreciated it and hope that we see him again. Even so we have a great crop of young Judoka learning and getting better at Judo.  It was a good day. 

Sunday 15 October 2023

Awesome Training in the City on Saturday

A nice big training session at Big Judo City. Puni School where the Pukekohe team trains was a polling station for the election so we filled up a car and drove into town and trained with the city crew. 

The training was great fun with plenty of randori and we did a little bit of technical coaching.

A great way to spend a Saturday!


Wednesday 30 August 2023

Not just the City either a Picture of Last Night's Pukekawa Class

Big Judo's three dojos are back together and numbers are growing.  We slowed down a bit during COVID but now our numbers and training are gaining momentum.  In September we have team going down to the Secondary Schools, our first competition in ages. So hoping for some success.


Wednesday 23 August 2023

Big Judo Back in the City!

After a brief break, Big Judo is back up and running in the city and trained together on Tuesday.  It was fantastic to see our Big Judo crew back together again.  

Nellie visited and it was awesome for her to see how people that she had taught as kids were growing up; and to catch up again with old friends.  

New Zealand Technical Director Zane Lightfoot also visited and taught some technique; and had a roll with the team.  It was bloody good night and everybody enjoyed it. 

Expect to see more from the City Team, their new dojo is nice and alongside Tony and Scott, Nellie and I will be training there regularly.  

Its fantastic to see the team on the mat and enjoying themselves! 

Zane Lightfoot demonstrating Judo techniques. Zane is the National Technical Director.


Friday 18 August 2023

Big Judo Pukekohe Saturday Class - Gaining Momentum!

Class sizes are building up out in Pukekohe and the technical level is improving.  We are especially proud of our group of teenagers whose technique is developing very rapidly.  We have been concentrating on basics especially uchi komi and randori. It is tremendous to see the team getting better at Judo and enjoying themselves. 

Nellie keeping a close eye on training.

Ben and Nellie doing ne-waza with the kids. It is really good just staying moving and helping teach the kids how to do Judo. It is a low-risk way for older people that still love Judo to stay active. 
Start and finish formally, a time for reflection, thought and for the instructors to provide some positive reinforcement. 


Sunday 6 August 2023

Good Saturday Inter-Club Training Session


Another awesome inter-club training session last Saturday. We focused on an older age group, 13 + and
extended the invite to include the clubs in Hamilton.  So even with a few regulars away at a BJJ competition we had 40 competitors on the mat and more than two hours of randori.  Just what the doctor ordered!

A fun day and we will post more pictures soon.