Teaching high quality Judo skills
Our children’s Judo classes in Basingstoke follow the syllabus set down by the British Judo Association which is the Sport England National Governing Body for Judo in the UK. We have a wide range of experience levels within this class, all taught by our experienced and qualified Judo coaches, ensuring that we teach high quality Judo skills and that our classes are suitable as a Judo class for beginners.
We offer a free Judo class for children to come and try our beginners Judo classes to help them find out more about Judo. Search for Judo near me in Basingstoke and you’ll find us.
What is Judo?
Judo is an Olympic sport that children just love and many children have already experienced have already experienced a similar activity, when they ‘wrestle’ with siblings, friends and even parents. In our Basingstoke Judo class for kids the techniques necessary to practice effective Judo do not rely on strength or size. Above all, performing against larger and stronger opponents is possible in Judo due to its nature. Therefore, this makes Judo a great sport to learn for children.
In a Judo match, to win, you must throw your opponent onto their back with control. Control is vital because it helps to make sure you don’t hurt your opponent. A high-quality controlled throw can win a competition outright. If the throw wasn’t quite good enough to win, the two players go to the ground and try to win by pinning their partner to the floor for 20 seconds.
Children’s Judo training involves learning how to safely fall, throw a partner and work together on the ground. Children learn how to use their body and balance to redirect the energy of their partner to win a match. Judo is a physical activity that will develop fitness and strength. We have Basingstoke’s only professional Judo centre.
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Our Children's Martial Arts classes are split by age
Our Children’s Martial Arts classes in Basingstoke are split by age. Rising Heroes’ class is for 4-6 year olds. Our Young Legends class is for 6-9 year olds. The Urban Warriors class is for 10-13 year olds. Our Cadets class is for 14-17 year olds.
Moves taught in a Children’s Judo Class
Our Children’s Judo class includes a variety of:
- hold downs
- joint-locks and strikes
However, the primary focus for the Judo-ka (practitioner of Judo) is on throwing and groundwork techniques. Like other good Judo clubs, we teach a wide range of these skills at a level that is both age and ability appropriate. For example, chokes. Joint locks and strikes aren’t taught to the children, until they reach a level of maturity that means we can safely and confidently teach these techniques to Basingstoke and Deane children learning Judo with us, typically around Blue Belt level.
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Judo throws can be divided into two groups of techniques, standing techniques and sacrifice Where you fall to the floor with your partner) techniques. Standing techniques are further divided into hand techniques and hip techniques plus foot and leg techniques Sacrifice techniques are divided into those in which the thrower falls directly backwards and those in which he falls onto his side.
The ground fighting techniques are divided into attacks against the joints or joint locks and strangleholds or chokeholds plus holding or pinning techniques.
Therefore, teaching all of these techniques to Juniors is not practical for safety reasons. Children’s Judo teaches an age appropriate syllabus determined by our National Governing Body, The British Judo Association.
Practicing with a partner is a fundamental part of every Judo class we teach in Basingstoke and is known as Randori and players use this to practice, judo techniques on one another. Respect for one’s partner is an overriding theme along with practicing safely and respecting your partners level of experience and their ability, which means that there is a much wider range of partners to work and learn with.
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Hampshire Judo Competitions
Although Judo competitions are not the main focus of our club, members are able to participate in Hampshire Judo’s regular competitions against other Judo clubs from around Hampshire. These championships are the Hampshire Judo Open and the Hampshire Judo Closed. Over the years, members from our Judo club in Basingstoke have won medals at both of these Judo competitions and also at national events organised by The British Judo Association.
History of Judo
Founding Judo in 1882 in Japan, Jigaro Kano way translates as the “Gentle Way.” Ju = Gentle or soft and Do = Way of Path. A guiding principle of Judo is not relying on force, rather to use an opponent’s strength against them.
Many year later Judo became an Olympic sport and includes techniques to lift and throw your opponent onto their back. Once on the ground there are techniques to allow you to pin your opponent to the ground. For instance, techniques allow you to control them and apply different hold-downs until submission.
Sport England have recognised The British Judo Association as the National Governing Body for Judo and it is through the BJA that we training. We regularly host course in Basingstoke for The British Judo Association, these have covered topics as diverse as Inclusive Judo courses, Judo strength and conditioning, Judo Coaching skills and Judo Black Belt gradings.
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