Sunday, 2 August 2020

Big Judo Remembering Rick with a Tough Training

Last week we remembered Rick in the way he would have liked to be remembered. With a group of  Big Judo adults going 'hard out'in randori,  We had visitors and the team trained hard. It was really nice to watch our group of strong young players fighting hard and getting extended.

I like the photo below because it has lots of upright posture and good strong hip position, All with Rick watching over things in the background.It was bloody great.

The other thing that I think would have made Rick happy was watching young people helping us coach. Scott and Noah are doing a great job helping out. 

And if anything keeps Rick's legacy alive it is another generation teaching his style of Judo to the next generation.

Thursday, 25 June 2020

Big Judo Adults Back Training

After months in 'lock down' Big Judo is slowly getting back to training. Adults have started training and at the beginning of next term kids classes will start again. 

Thought we'd share some photos of the team in Pukekohe first. Big Kyle is back on the mat looking lean and Matt Gibson is stepping up to help out with coaching., The crew are getting good numbers and we have some fit strong players working hard,  Awesome.

Sandringham is also up and running. We have so many talented young people in the 15-16 year old age group that the future is looking really good.

 Jordan is in NZ and making noises about coming back.  With Nellie's coaching and him and Noah these youngsters will be getting an awesome training experience. 

Get ready kids 21 July is the first Tuesday night back!!!

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Another Big Week at Big Judo

We had another awesome session this Saturday at Big Judo. Katsuyoshi Saegusa turned up again and taught more technique. 

Yoshi was an accomplished competitor in Japan before emigrating to New Zealand. 

 He has superb tachi-waza (stand up technique) so it is wonderful to have him come over and visit.  

We had a nice turn out. Including Noah who is back from Australia at the moment.  

We were also lucky to have a translator there.  Although Yoshi has good English its great to have some of the technical concepts translated and interpreted by Dave (who knows a little bit about Japanese Judo),   

Learn by doing!

We also did plenty of ground fighting though!

My favourite photo of the day. Two Judo 'men of war' still going strong and helping teach the next generation. I first met these two guys when I was a teenager and 30 years later its great to still be on the mat with Donald and Yoshi.  Learnt heaps about Judo from both of them.  

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Big Week at Big Judo

It was a big week at Big Judo this week.  We had plenty of good strong classes and even better old friends visited and trained with us.  

Shaun Walton, a friend for about thirty years visited both Pukekohe and Sandringham and had a couple of good sessions with the team.  In the early 90s Shaun and I used to travel down regularly   from University Judo Club to support training at Pukekohe Judo Club. 

So it brought back many, many fond memories, It was great see Shaun again and we shared a toast to absent friends Rick and Daniel.  

Katsuyoshi Saegusa was our second visitor. It is always awesome to have Yoshi on the mat. In his youth he was a top competitor in Japan then moved to New Zealand. In his day he was probably the best tachi waza (stand up fighting) fighter in New Zealand. He has the classical Japanese style of tachi waza that we try to teach at Big Judo.  So we were pleased to host him and let him coach the team on Saturday. Thanks Yoshi you also brought back many fond Judo memories. 

Scott learning about being Yoshis demo partner.  I remember being in the same position myself about 30 years ago!
It was really nice to have Yoshi and Shaun at training.  We have known each other for more than 30 years and it was wonderful to reminisce, catch and and share Judo with the next generation. And of course, afterwards we went out together for dinner and drinks.  

Reminded us of what Judo is about... people, especially training the next generation. 

Speaking of which here are some photos of the next generation in action both in town and in Pukekohe. The best bit of course is the old and young instructors helping out.  Awesome!!

Sunday, 9 February 2020

Big Judo Saturday Session

The big boys and girls of Big Judo were in action this Saturday. We had a great relaxed friendly session with lots of randori.  A good time.