Saturday, 8 June 2019

Big Judo - Our Aim More People Doing Judo

Big Judo Sandringham recently ran it's first promotional activity. Normally, 'word of mouth' keeps our number reasonably high.  But now that we have a better dojo and a growing pool of instructors we felt it was time to cast the net wider and try to grow a bit.

The promotion was a 'Bring a Friend Day".  I ran the kids session and Nelly ran the adults. 

Ben talking to the kids doing safety briefs and discussing the dojo's rules and protocols
And here is Nelly doing the same with the grown-ups and teenagers.  

Two of our teenagers helping out demonstrating. Awesome to have them helping out.  

And more of our awesome teenagers helping out. 'Service' is one of Big Judo's three values and it is very satisfying to see our young Judoka helping out, 

Three photos of me and Nelly busy running things.  It is fantastic to be working with my sister introducing more people to Judo,

Teaching ne-waza (ground grappling) skills because big or small we are going to let you have a wrestle. 

Adults playing balance games.  

What it is all about.  More children on  the mat doing Judo,

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Saturday Big Judo - Reflection

Kids sitting quietly after Judo.  Parents on the side of the mat.  Next class waiting. Awesome Saturday afternoon.  Sometimes calmness and reflection are the action only action required. 

Monday, 13 May 2019

Big Day for Juniors at Auckland International Open

The Auckland International Open is New Zealand's premiere Judo competition. It attracts players from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. 

Three competition mat areas going for two days so that 350 competitors all had an opportunity to compete.

We only enter our most confident and competent players in this competition. This year we had four juniors  fighting.  Unfortunately one was injured training before the competition (but he still came and watched his team mates!) 

The remaining three all got medals. We were very proud of them all.  Great to see a group of competitive kids working together and doing well. Here are some photos from the day. 

Jack with his Bronze medal.  
Bella with her Silver medal. 
The chaos on the sideline.. Coaches, competitors, officials.  This year the spectators had to remain in the seating area. This is to make sure that the sidelines are kept clear and are able to be managed.

More chaos on teh sideline.  Part of our support crew. 

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Big Judo Big Boys Back

We told you Jacob and Noah our two competitive players currently residing in Sydney are back in town. It was awesome to see them on the mat and we will all be catching up again on Thursday before the competition.  

A group photo with some of the crew who were on the mat on Tuesday. 

Big Judo Term Two Starts

Well Term Two has started and at both ends of the city we had classes going.  At Sandringham the big news was that Noah and Jacob are back from Sydney for the Auckland International Open.  Noah is not fighting (he was injured recently) but still came along to support and stopped by to help out with the kids class.  Great to see a young guy willing to help out like that. 

Meanwhile out in the deep south the Pukekohe crew are growing we are getting a regular crew of adults on the mat now including Jimmy Danger. Its great to see that he is staying involved and on teh mat.  I'm sure that the team in town will be happy to see that he is still on the mat! 

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Big Fun at Hajimie Judo Club Fun Day

Some of our Big Judo kids with their medals from this weekend's Judo fun day organised by Hajimie Judo Club.  Well done to the kids and well done to the organisers too!