Wednesday, 14 February 2018
Saturday, 10 February 2018
Friday, 9 February 2018
Recently we found out that one of our parents, Geraldine, takes interesting photos. Thought we might put a few up for you.
|Two lonely instructors.|
Posted by Ben Stallworthy at 14:09
Tuesday, 6 February 2018
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.
Posted by Ben Stallworthy at 00:19
Saturday, 16 December 2017
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,
|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.
Posted by Ben Stallworthy at 13:13