Saturday, 14 August 2021
Wednesday, 11 August 2021
Its been a little while work has got in the way of Judo, but the highlight of July was the Auckland International Open.
We got a great photo of Noah hard at work winning both the Junior Mens - 100 Kg and Senior Mens - 90kg categories. Noah's performance was fantastic and we are all very proud.
This competition was also important for the club because following behind Noah we had a string of younger medalists in the Cadets, Senior Boys and Girls and Junior Boys.
Big Judo, had a big turnout, and a big day winning lots of medals and having a great time. It is our first big outing since the 2020 COVID lockdowns. Check out the team below. Everybody was excited and proud of the work done on the mat by our competitive players.
Saturday, 1 May 2021
Good training session on Saturday. The thing that was good about it was that school holidays meant that most of our regular seniors were away so we had a generally low graded class. The standard of Judo and enthusiasm was still there and it reminded me that 'big trees start from small seeds'.
Recently, I was looking through some old photos and I saw this photo of Noah. See the little dude with the circle round him standing on the seat behind the team.
Saturday, 17 April 2021
|Scott and Noah with their medals.|
|Wiremu with his Bronze.|
|Wiremu with his Silver.|
|Noah with Senior Men's Gold.|
|Noah with Junior Men's Gold.|
- Scott took Bronze in the Cadet Mens Open.
- Noah won the Junior and Senior Men's - 90 and his only Junior Men's loss was to Keightly Watson in the Open. He also got Bronze in the Senior Men's Open. Another awesome performance!
- In the Senior Boys Wiremu got Silver in the - 60 kg division and Bronze in the Open.
|Scott and Noah on the mat inspiring the next generation.|
|Tracey looking after business in Pukekawa|
|Geoff with some of the Pukekohe kids.|
|Nellly in action in Sandringham|
We look forward to taking a bigger team down to the Waikato Bay of Plenty Open in June, I'm sure Noah, Scott and Wiremu will be leading the way again. It makes an old Judoka like me really happy. Well done guys!
|Me looking really happy.|
Friday, 26 February 2021
Sunday, 14 February 2021
Last night I spent a couple of hours in an Auckland Judo Association meeting discussing development of Judo both in Auckland and more generally. This morning I have been discussing women's Judo on Facebook. Together these discussions encouraged me to put 'pen to paper' with some thoughts about growing Judo.
When we set up Big Judo the idea was to grow Judo - 'more Judo in more places'
Two coaching stories will give you an idea of how we have worked to support that idea.
Tracey Stormont (in the pink gi above) was a really good competitive player. After taking a break and having kids she was keen to get back on the mat and turned up at Big Judo, Pukekohe. Tracey has really good Judo and it was awesome to have her on the mat helping coach. Later, Tracey moved further South and getting to training in Pukekohe got difficult but she still wanted to coach. Tracey found a venue and asked if we could help her get mats. The Big Judo team put its head together and raised enough money to put down about 36sqm of mats. It is not a huge area but it is enough to teach kids and enjoy Judo.
We also said that we would support her administratively. The result is that Big Judo developed a new dojo, NZ Judo kept a good coach and we all have more people on the mat doing Judo.
Nelly Stallworthy (my sister) had a completely different story. Nelly was one of the toughest competitors in NZ Judo (or BJJ or MMA). After the Manchester Commonwealth Games and lots of time overseas she quit Judo and pursued BJJ and MMA,
One day she came down to the club and had a look around. She started turning up more regularly and eventually committed to regular training. It pretty quickly became apparent that she knew more about competition Judo than I did so we decided that she would lead the elite programme. Nelly has taken Noah Walliss (on Nelly's left in the picture) from being a beginner Judoka to national champion with enormous potential in Judo, Besides Noah we have Jacob Fry (who is in Australia at the moment) and a group of tough, strong teenage Judo players coached by Nellie and ready to step into competition.
- Focusing on the boring bits (fund-raising, administration, H&S compliance etc) so coaches can focus on coaching.
- Being willing to step back when another coach is doing a good job.
- Building the base, if we get good numbers training, talented players will develop naturally.
Saturday, 13 February 2021
At Big Judo we are back into the swing of things after two two slow weeks as school started and we celebrated Auckland Anniversary and Waitangi Day holidays. Big, fun classes at both Pukekohe and Sandringham as our kids start getting back on the. always nice to see the Cadets helping out. The crew has good strong players and we are looking forwards the competitive season.