Saturday, 17 February 2018

Big Kids Training in Town

 The kids in town practicing their stand-up technique.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

And its not just town Judo in Pukekohe is big too

More important four adult instructors on  the mat.  Bodes well for the Pukekohe class. We just got to keep the numbers up. 

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Big Kids Class at Big Judo

Great turnout. Plus we have more kids moving up from the beginners soon. 

Friday, 9 February 2018

Big Photos by Geraldine - 1

Recently we found out that one of our parents, Geraldine, takes interesting photos.  Thought we might put a few up for you.  

Kids putting out the crash mat for throwing practice. It always makes us laugh (on the inside) seeing them organise themselves to move the crash pad.  We get them to throw fast on the crash pad so they can practice turning their heads and rotating their upper bodies. without hurting each other. 

'Men (and women) O Wat' prepping for the senior class.  Adult Judo is a bit tougher than the kids.  It is nice seeing the team come in early and be around though. It lets them know that Judo training is life long and to approach it like a marathon rather than a sprint!

Spare suits and the first aid kit! Two essentials for any club.  As my instructors used to say 'There is no learning without pain" and the juxtaposition of the suits and the first aid kit really made me think about how, like life, nothing in Judo comes without hard work and risk. 

Two lonely instructors.  

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Awesome Judo Party

On Saturday night after coaching I was lucky enough to be invited to a party celebrating Rick Littlewood being awarded a Kodokan Eighth Dan Black belt. This is a big achievement. Only one in New Zealand and very few elsewhere. 

Best of all though it was an opportunity to gather with a group of real warriors. People who have devoted their lives to testing themselves on the Judo mat.

We had most of the first group of Kiwis to live in Japan studying Judo,  People like Rick, Mike Bond, Ivor Endicott -Davies and David Mair,  They set new technical standards and established the networks that made it easier for future generations to travel to Japan and train. 

From that base Judo in New Zealand improved and with access to higher technical standards we produced Olympians and Commonwealth Games medalists. 

But also in this group are a whole lot of hard, tough Judoka who may not have been international players but learnt from people like Rick and Mike and then fought hard in New Zealand and helped raise our standard. In this photo there are a lot of legends of New Zealand Judo. I'd love to list them all but it would take ages. It was wonderful to be in such good company. 

Big Judo is Back for 2018

We are all go. Adults and kids so get back on the mat!  No excuses - and tell your friends!

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Big Judo End of Year Technical Workshop

This weekend we had our first Big Judo technical workshop.  It was a big step. We now have a number of Orange Belts and the objective of this workshop was to bring them up to speed on both our curriculum and on the National Syllabus. This means that we have both consistency with the National Syllabus so that when they look at senior gradings they have a good knowledge base. More importantly it allows the adults and kids from our two dojos to come together and benchmark their skills.  

Hard day though. Four hours on the hottest day this year. Only four were graded. Very well done to everybody that attended though, 

Discussing technique.

The crew lined up for the debrief at the end.

Ben and Nellie hot and tired at the end. 
Being an instructor can be pretty lonely at times especially when you are evaluating gratdings.