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Our Graduation Day

Last Tuesday afternoon our Judo club was proud to celebrate its fifth graduation day, with eight students attaining the rank of Fifth Dan and the highest rank of achievement provided by the club. Our graduation ceremony began with some words of appreciation from our head instructor, Kathy Sato; then commenced to a demonstration of all the students’ skills, one last two-minute sparring session the graduates would have with each other as students, closing remarks from junior head instructor Bobby and then a barbecue, where we played a game of frisbee!

The 2016 graduates of the Judo club have each been training for more than five years, putting in a lot of effort and hard work into attaining their personal goal. Together they have learned the values of discipline, control and perseverance. They diligently pursued their passion while juggling work, school and family. These families proudly attended the graduation to see the students at their finest, as they proved the merits of all those years of hard work.

Although it was graduation, we still manage to do some action, check it out:

judo action

When asked, the students enthusiastically talked about how they wanted to continue applying their studies. Two had already spoken with Ms. Sato about staying on as junior instructors, teaching more members of the Judo club. Two, including Bella Rigel who has already won a senior third-kyu regional tournament in 2013, plan on joining international championships. Simon, our oldest graduate, simply sees the attainment of 5th Dan as a personal goal that has been achieved, and is happy to stop there, while Kenji and Robin want to pursue further leaning in Judo and achieve the levels beyond 5th Dan, with ambition to reach the highly-coveted 1st Dan sometime in the future. Amy, one of the youngest graduates, hopes to focus on her own studies abroad but intends to look for somewhere she can still practice her skills. Almost all of our graduates joked about ‘running away and forming a ninja coven,’ which only proves how close they have all become in their years training alongside one another.

We wish our Fifth Dan Graduates all the best, from the Judo Club!

Judo Open Day for the Public

This Saturday afternoon the Judo Club is hosting its semi-annual open day, where members of the public can come and watch demonstrations, participate in short free workshops, make inquiries for meet ups and be part of a fun barbecue party! The Judo Club will also be networking other Judo organisations in the area talking about registering for upcoming tournaments and excelling tot he next level of their training.

Free workshops include Judo basics for kids and adults, self-defence tactics and breathing exercises. Our senior members will do a few demonstrations of basic moves and showcase their skills in an exciting sparring session. Head instructors will be holding a Q&A about what it’s like to compete, their experiences training in Judo and the history of the martial art itself.

The open day is free and welcomes the public to its doors, attracting new members and spreading awareness of the martial art. It’s an excellent venue for students of all stages to show us what they’ve been taught, and it’s a great way for first-timers to get a taste of what training in Judo will be like. You’ll love the friendly vibe and supportive instructors that we hope will make you consider becoming part of our growing Judo family.

The Judo Club has been in operation for nearly fifteen years and produced a number of graduates that have gone on to compete (and win!) in national and regional tournaments.

Come along to get more information on Judo and engage with the community. We should warn you though, the Judo club open days have the tradition of being crashed by the local nearby karate school, so expect some exciting shenanigans of the water-balloon variety to happen at some point during the day!