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It is my great pleasure to be able to offer Judo as an extracurricular activity.
Three years ago, we were successful in forging a strong partnership with both Sport England and the British Judo Association and were able to secure funding to offer free training to all members of the St. Crispin’s school community.
As you may know, Judo is an Olympic sport first developed by Jigoro Kano in Japan in the 1880s as a physical, mental, and moral pedagogy. Judo is a tremendous and dynamic combat sport that demands both physical prowess and great mental discipline. From a standing position, it involves techniques that allow you to lift and throw your opponents onto their backs. On the ground, it includes techniques that allow you to pin your opponents down to the ground, control them, and apply various chokeholds or joint locks until submission.
The word judo consists of two Japanese characters, ju, which means “gentle”, and do, which means “the way”. Judo, therefore, literally means ‘the way of gentleness.’ Although the gentleness may not be immediately apparent to newcomers who see bodies flying through the air and people pinned to the ground, it is this principle of gentleness, or yawara (which is the same character as the ju in judo), on which all judo techniques are based.
But beyond the development of physical prowess and athletic ability, judo students learn much more. They learn how to control their feelings, emotions, and impulses. They learn about values of perseverance, respect, loyalty, and discipline. Judo students develop an outstanding work ethic, as well as important social manners and etiquette. They learn to overcome their fears, and to show courage under pressure.
Through competition and the rigors of daily practice, they learn about justice and fairness. Through their experience, they learn about politeness, modesty, and many other wonderful values that contribute to their development as successful citizens of society. As such, judo facilitates the development of important moral knowledge and values, those that are important to help people to become active and contributing members of their communities, nations, and the world.
In this way, judo students play an important role in developing societies, and creating new and better communities for the future.
Due to space and insurance limitations we will be able to accept classes of 30 students at a time. Those who are current members of St. Crispin’s Judo Club will be given priority, with further spaces being offered on a first-come first-served basis. Any student expressing interest after this would be added to a waiting list.
As part of our commitment to the wider Wokingham community we will also be offering judo classes for all who wish to take part on Wednesday evenings, lessons take place as follows:
As an introductory offer we will also give you your first 2 lessons totally FREE!
To express interest please email email@example.com with the following information:
For extracurricular clubs: your child’s name, age, tutor group, current grade (if applicable) and BJA license number (if applicable).
For evening classes: you and your child’s name, their age, current grade (if applicable) and BJA license number (if applicable).
In order to partake in Judo certain equipment is required, both for practical and safety purposes:
Any new Judoka can train for 4 sessions before getting a license with the British Judo Association which will allow them to train at any BJA member club. For under-16s this comes at a cost of £10 per year (discounted from £31!) by using a discount code when signing up for a membership with the BJA; this will be provided once a student has completed 3 training sessions. Over-16s require a ‘senior’ license which costs £42 per year.
Existing judoka must renew their British Judo license before stepping back into the dojo for the first time and will not be eligible to train without doing so.
If you have any further questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to welcoming students into the Dojo soon.
Head Coach at St. Crispin’s Judo Club