Friday 16 June 2023

Good Turnout for Training Day at Big Judo

Big Judo hosted a training day at our Pukekohe dojo on Saturday.  The focus was randori and we did two and a half hours of newaza and tachiwaza randori.  It was great and almost all of the coaches that attended joined in.  

At the halfway point Brendon Crookes and Tim Slyfield, both Olympians demonstrated technique and spoke about their experiences. Then we got back into randori, providing the young Judoka that came an opportunity for an extended randori session with lots of different people.    

We started with ne waza randori. 

Then Tim and Brendon did some teaching.


But not too much before we did more randori. It was neat to see Tim and Brendon working with the youngsters. By doing randori with them the young Judo players get to 'feel' how good Judo feels and learn through experience.

In summary it was really good day that provided a good opportunity for young Judoka to learn from some top international players and then practice their skills in a relaxed, fun environment. 

Thanks to Tim and Brendon for helping out.  Thanks to the other instructors that came over and helped out and most importantly thanks heaps to the parents that brought their children to training. 

Friday 9 June 2023

Saturday Training Lots of Good Moving Judo

Nellie coaching some of the class about breaking balance.

Nellie watching randori. In the background the sumo club that shares the hall with us is warming up.  

Another good Saturday training, our crop of teenagers is expanding and today we had a really good visitor on the mat who worked out with our crew.  It was a good day, unfortunately I didn't get a photo of the whole class we had 15 on the mat a good turnout for a teenagers class because we were missing a few of our regulars.  But overall a really good training. 

In the background you can see the sumo players that share the venue warming up,. Its good having them around it means we get a whole day of Japanese martial arts in Pukekohe.  Awesome to have them sharing with us. 

Sunday 4 June 2023

King's Birthday Training

A nice Saturday training at Puni. Kings Birthday meant we had fewer people than normal at training but it was good opportunity for Nellie to do some solid technical coaching and for me and Todd to teach the newbies some basics.  We have a really good group of teenagers developing some nice Judo,  We are taking things slowly and re-building post COVID.