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  Komodo Judo

New children's Judo Class starting in Cabra Sport Centre for 3 to 5 year olds! Emphasis on development of coordination skills required for judo through play in a relaxed fun environment. A very gentle introduction to the sport of judo. All children welcome!

Parent/Guardian requested to stay in hall during class, particularly for very young children.

Class time: 11.30 to 12.00pm Saturday (before older children's class starts at 12.00).

  Congratulations to all who took part in All Ireland 2011 competition. Results:

Anatole - gold in girls under 33kg

Simon - gold in boys under 27kg

Roman - bronse in boys under 37kg


About Judo: Judo is many things to different people. It's a fun Olympic sport, an art, a discipline, a recreational or social activity, a fitness program, a means of self-defence or combat, and a way of life. It is all of these and more. If you are contemplating signing up you or your family for some organized sports activity, here are some of the excellent benefits which can be be gained from Judo.

1. Self-defense:  Judo is a great way to learn how to defend oneself. Not only will judo teach you the techniques to defend yourself, but also the way to think about defending yourself.

2. Self-Confidence:  As people become more proficient in judo their confidence gets a big boost. They become more self-assured and confident. Their Sensei’s (Teacher’s) encouragement goes a long way to help them achieve this goal, but the confidence level will extend far beyond the Dojo (Martial Arts Studio).

3. Discipline:  The mantra of any martial art is ‘practice makes perfect’. Sessions include warm-up exercises and regular practice of Judo holds and throws. Even while sparring or competing – where a martial artist shows how creatively he or she can apply what they have learnt– there are still rules and protocols to be followed. All of this teaches respect for one another, their opponents and colleagues.  It also teaches them the benefits of self-discipline, a value that is important for the whole of life.

4. Belts and Ranking:  Judo uses belts and ranking to help provide clear goals for a persons confidence and their desire to succeed. Belts are a great way to help track your progress and motivate people to strive higher.

5. Emphasis on individual Achievement:  In many team sports not all people get the opportunity to be on the team for the whole game– which means that someone has to start each game on the bench. In Judo, however, each person’s success is based on his or her own individual merits. Yes, you may not be the most winning Judoka in your Judo class, but that will be because you tried and lost, and not because you weren’t good enough to make it off the bench.

6. Gender Equity:  Some people still initially consider judo for their sons and not their daughters. However judo should be considered as one of the few sports where both boys and girls can play together. It gives brothers and sisters an opportunity to practice together and learn from one another as well (not to mention the convenience of having all the family in one place at a time).

7. Exercise:  The typical 1 1/2 hour martial arts class will often consist of warm-up, games, teaching and practicing of techniques and possibly some randori (sparring). The warm-up and practice comprise the bulk of the time, and for that time you will be constantly on the go.  The workout each person gets will not only assist in the natural development of his or her muscles, but also help them build stronger cardio-vascular systems.

8. Respect for Strength:  The first thing the parents of (even slightly) mischievous children think about when they send them to martial arts class is: “Is my child going to use this to hurt others?” Although this is a legitimate concern, it is always addressed early by instructors who remind students that the techniques they learn in the dojo stay in the dojo (except in self-defence), and shouldn’t be used to bully people.

9. Competition:  Just like in team sports, Judo enables those who wish to compete, to do so, but it equally beneficial for others to focus on theory, exercise and fun rather than competition if they prefer. Competition is great to test newfound skills and show your progress.  Each competition is a fresh start, where you will normally get at least three or four turns.

10. For the whole Family:  We run classes to cover both adults and children. Classes are in age groups, which means that you can watch your children workout, and then they can watch you.  This will give you a special activity to use as a bonding tool with your children. You can also become physically fit together.

11. The Never-Ending Season:  Many team sports, especially those primarily played outdoors, or in specific weather, are seasonal. However, judo is all year-round.   Having this consistency also helps build upon discipline, and allows children to progress very quickly.

12. They will exercise their minds too - Physics, Languages  While all martial arts teach you to fighting strategies, Judo really teaches much more. While learning Kuzushi (the art of breaking your opponents’ balance) and throwing techniques, they learn Mechanical Physics.  Combination techniques and follow-ups teach them improvisation, and finally, they learn a lot of Japanese too!

13. Judo isn’t about brute force, it is about control:  Kano Sensei (Dr. Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo), in his teachings, emphasised the concept of maximum efficiency / minimum effort. This is evident, as the crux of many Judo techniques is not necessarily brute force, but using your opponent’s movements and strength against him or her. While physical strength and size are important, mental strength is probably the most vital factor in competition.

14. Your child will be well co-ordinated (and we’re not talking about fashion)  When you’re using your opponent’s moves against him or her, timing is everything. Many of the throws in Judo will simply not work if you don’t time them correctly. Feet, hands, hips and head all need to move in fluid and exact timed motions to properly execute a throw (which is why an Ippon – or full point – is so hard to achieve in competition). As your child practises he or she will learn more complex throws and, in turn, will demonstrate better reflexes and co-ordination as a result.

15. Judo is Universal   Unlike many other martial arts, Judo techniques and principles are universal.  There are well over a hundred member countries in the International Judo Federation, and it has held Olympic status since 1964.  Although the styles of teaching and ranking and promotion standards may vary slightly from club to club – Judo is Judo is Judo. Which helps your child stick with it, even into adulthood, as it will never be hard to find a dojo to train in.

We offer a free trial session for new starters, so you don’t need to make a huge financial commitment up front if you feel that it isn’t for you or your children.

In conclusion, Judo is a wonderful alternative to team sports that will provide  not only an excellent physical workout, but also act as a vehicle to provide them with a mental and emotional workout as well.  

We look forward to seeing you.