Friday, 1 March 2019

Good 2019 Sydney Open Photo


Nice photo of Noah in action at the Sydney International Open.  Next step Melbourne.  Then Auckland in May.

Big Judo Workshop Two 2019


This Friday Matt Rowley came and sheared technical knowledge with our young Judoka. It was a good night we had small group of our young people that are interested in developing their throwing technique learning from a really good instructor with excellent technical Judoka, 

Big Judo's focus is developing a strong base and this was another brick in our foundation, well done kids and thanks heaps Matt.

Monday, 25 February 2019

Sydney International Open 2019



Jacob and Noah both had there first taste of off-shore competition last weekend in Sydney.  Tony, Shaun and Oliver went over and supported them.  No medals but great experience and Tony said he had an awesome time with Ivor and Morgan at Zenbu.  Cool weekend.

Bummer about the stink photo. It was the only one the crew took that we could use! Oh well I'm in Sydney next month and will try and get some decent shots.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Big Judo's Secret


Big Judo's secret is its strategy.  We care about people and about Judo. Big Judo isn't about one instructor its about motivating experienced Judo players to invest time and effort in teaching. We develop the little people and they grow into our own elite.  The first generation left home this month.

Taking time out to teach a kid to tie their belt can be a pain when you are running a class. But it demonstrates to that kid that you care, that we look after each other and that everybody matters in this Judo family.  Values that in a time they may be transferring to the next generation.  .

Big Judo in Australia


First photo of Jacob and Noah at Zenbu with Morgan and Ivor Endicott Davies at Zenbu Dojo in Australia.  The guys say that they are having a great time and learning lots already.

Nice to see the first international outing of the famous Big Judo hoodie.  Maybe there'll be a Big Judo Sydney one day!  Jordan you listening.

But seriously, a big thanks to Morgan and Ivor whose help we really appreciate.

Monday, 11 February 2019

Big Judo's Next Generation




Jacob and Noah, our top young players left this week for a long trip overseas. Behind them is another generation of kids developing their Judo.  In a few years they may return and other people will follow them overseas.

Big Judo has always been about strategy and sustainability. We spend lots of time developing our people, focusing on growing them so they are braver, service focused and interested in good Judo.  From big kids classes come good adult Judoka. 


Saturday, 9 February 2019

Sad to See Two Good Guys Leave


Big Judo fare-welled Jacob and Noah today.  Two great guys and key parts of the Big Judo story.  These two are the first of Big Judo's students to start with us a beginners and get to the point where they are winning competitions in New Zealand.  The next step is overseas to complete their apprenticeships.

At Big Judo we won't tell you how awesome we are, or that we are the font of all Judo knowledge or that we are the only coaches able to take to you 'all the way'.  We are pretty realistic.  If you want to be good at Judo you need to get overseas and put yourselves in really tough environments.  You need to find good dojos and great instructors.

That's our aim with our top students, to get them to the point where they can go overseas and be exposed to the best current Judo. We train with that aim in mind and structure our club fundraising to support this goal.

Jacob and Noah are off to train at Zenbu Dojo in Sydney with Morgan Ivor Endicott-Davies for the first part of 2019. Mid- 2019 they will go to Japan for a bit of a holiday then up to Britain. 

Maybe they will comeback maybe they won't. We sure hope that they do, but they are young men with the world opening up for them through Judo; and who knows what will happen. We do know that they are staunch Team Big members and will always remember us where ever they are.

So good luck guys. Its sad saying good-bye but we are really, really proud that you are taking this step. See you soon.