A LITTLE BIT ABOUT JUDO...
Judo, meaning “the gentle way”, is a modern martial art that originates from Japan. Initially characterised as a form of self-defence, Judo has since developed into an Olympic sport. Children who take on judo develop both physically and emotionally, learning discipline, teamwork and improving their self-confidence all whilst having a ton of fun.
These classes can be arranged with Ian Geustyn. Ian will discuss the best possible option with you based on your individual needs, fitness and avaliabilty.
JUDO FOR KIDS
JUDO & YOUR CHILD
Your child will work within his/her own boundaries where they feel comfortable, whilst being encouraged to extend themselves as they become more confident in their own abilities. Self-defence is an intricate part of judo training and these skills develop with the improvement of co-ordination, balance and spacial awareness as well as the learning of certain skills and techniques.
We believe that children need encouragement and the correct stimulation to succeed and progress. We use development charts and stickers to encourage and enthuse your child as they learn and reach their goals.
THE CLASS MEDAL
A floating class medal is given out on a weekly basis. This medal is awarded for a one week period and must be returned at the following lesson. This has proved to be a wonderful incentive and encourages self-discipline and self-motivation.
INTERSCHOOLS TEAM COMPETITIONS
These competitions take place on a regular basis for those children who are interested. Children are divided by their age height and skill level.
ANNUAL CLASS COMPETITION
During the 4th term all students are divided into teams. Points are recorded and added together each week. At the end of the term, gold and silver medals are awarded for either 1st or 2nd place to all students. This encourages teamwork and a healthy competitiveness where all children are rewarded for their effort.
On enrolment, your child will be given a white judo card representing their level of judo understanding and ability. When a child has 5 stamps on his/her card, they will receive their next level card, progressing to the next level belt to match this card colour.
PROVINCIAL COMPETITIONS & ADVANCED TRAINING
When a student has gained enough experience he/she will be able to enter novice tournaments followed by provincial trials. A number of advanced training options are offered in various areas. The right encouragement and nurturing through this process is very important.
NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL TOURS
Western Province Schools Kodokan Judo has taken a number of tours both nationally and internationally.
We offer a number of training camp options. These camps are great fun and parents of younger children are always welcome to attend. Day visits for younger age groups can also be arranged.
Judo suits do not have to be worn for the first 6 – 9 months. T-shirts and shorts may be worn. Second hand suits and belts are available at many school second hands shops. New judo suits can be purchased through your child’s judo coach.
It is absolutely vital that any relevant medical information be discussed with your child’s judo coach.