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. 

Saturday, 1 February 2020

Big Judo Starts 2020

2020 has started well for Big Judo.  Out in Pukekohe we are currently registering new adults. The adult class there is  going really well with nice supportive group of Seniors working together. We also had a strong first kids class which is awesome. 

In town the kids have kicked off and we had a nice first class for the year,  See the photo above.

The Seniors in town are looking exciting too. Noah Walliss has been back in town. It is awesome to have the big guy here and we have a nice group of teenagers supported by our club silver backs following his development.  With patience and little luck it looks like we have the potential to develop a few more competitive players this year. 

Nellie keeping a close eye of the seniors while they do ne waza (ground fighting)
Our biggest objective this year though is to consolidate our technical game.  We have a number of Blue Belts aiming for Brown Belt and a couple of Brown Belts looking at Black.  We also have some Black Belts keen to move up in Dan,  We don't give out grades easily at Big but we are getting to the stage where we are going to have few people moving up.   

The aim is to strengthen both ends (i.e. beginners and advanced players) and and keep working to the strategy we originally set.  

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

And Pukekoke Big Judo is Going Well Too - Look at the Adults

The kids class at Pukekohe is going great guns.  We have a good number on the mat and a nice cross section of grades.  The most important thing is that we are starting to develop a regular adults class. This is important because:

  • It is the only adult Judo in South Auckland. We are keen to get 'more Judo in more places' particularly South Auckland so giving adults a training option in the South is a great step forward.
  • It gives our kids an opportunity to develop as the get bigger and stronger without having to travel long distance.
We have some good strong players on the mat young and fit so me an the other old guys can sit back and coach. Its awesome. 

Monday, 2 December 2019

Another Saturday Afternoon at Big Judo

Big kids training hard at Big Judo on Saturday afternoon.  Nice session followed by a good senior class.  Love Saturday Judo. 

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Big Judo Success at National - Only Part of the Story

Big Judo took eleven people to the Nationals this year, Seven children and four teenagers.   The eleven competitors won:
  • Three  Gold Medals (Noah Walliss, Bella Bianco and Tommy Willson)
  • One Silver Medal (Noah Wallis)
  • Two Bronze Medals (Jack Leslie and Noah Walliss)

Just as importantly the people that did not get medals all did really well too. Most won fights and some were very close to medalling (i.e. two lost their Bronze Medal fight) and all were young for their age groups and have another chance next year.

Over all it was a fantastic day and the coaches are proud as punch. 
Tommy with his Gold medal.

Noah on the podium getting his Gold for the Junior Mens Under 81kg. 
Jack with his Bronze. 

Success at the Nationals is only part of the story. The real story is the commitment of everybody that makes our training special. Whether it is the people that turn up just because they enjoy Judo, or the parents that come and support or the coaches that are there week in week out we all have a part to play in making Big Judo successful.

The Pukekohe crew on the mat the Tuesday after Nationals.  We put the mats down each night and the dojo is a school hall but everybody turns up has fun and learns good Judo.  This group of kids has won a fair few medals and one of them is now national champion. 

So Thanks to everybody for all your support.  Whether you fought, brought a child down to Rotorua or even if just turn up to training regularly you are making a difference and contributing not just to winning medals but to developing brave, confident and successful people. 

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Big Noah Medals in Queensland International Open

Another good shot of Noah on podium in Australia.  Well done mate! We are all proud of you.

Sunday, 29 September 2019

Last Day of a Big Judo Term

A nice busy kids randori session to finish the third term.  Nelly down the end watching the crew in action.  We have number of kids getting ready for the nationals and these types of session are great for building up their stamina and strength.

And at the other end of the spectrum me and another retired black belt working with the little kids. 
Lots of the kids in the photo above looked like this when they started!

 And last but not least a photo of Nelly watching some ne waza (ground fighting).  Cool seeing her looking after the kids and teaching them about ground work (even if a few have a long way to go)

Over all a great term! See you all in two weeks.