Judo is a sport that can be seen as violent, however if you take the time to learn the sport, you will see that it much more than this. With participants needing needing not just physical strength, but mental strength, the sport is ever growing in popularity.
Judo is simply incredible, and we hope to share with you why we believe it is an activity that your child should start today.
1. Judo Is An Amazing Form Of Physical Exercise
Not only is Judo a fun sport for kids, it is also a great form on exercise. Fitness is generally specific to what you are training for, however Judo is a sport that offers all round fitness, from upper body strength to stamina. Offering the sport to such a young age gives kids a kick start to an active life improving rapidly their cardiovascular fitness.
2. Judo Is More Than Just Sport It Is Education For Life
Not only do you learn the techniques of Judo in our lessons, but the philosophy behind the art of the sport. Beginning with a bow as a sign of respect, the lessons continue, learning how to coordinate and balance your body and mind.
As well as mastering the art of Judo, participants also learn the art of Randori, which is seen as like a form of physical chess. Participants soon realise that they are first capable than first thought, testing mind and body against their opponent.
Just as in life, participants will be thrown, pinned down and challenged, pushing you to learn and study from your mistakes. Judo is a sport that challenges the mind and body to work as one!
3. Self Control and discipline
Judo is a powerful sport, where skills are practised on another human being. A sport that is bounded by self-control and discipline, if pushed too far, it can in result in injury. Not only is it a test of strength, it gains confidence. As your child starts to realise their physical potential and gain strength, fighting ability, their confidence improves.
4. The Feeling of Throwing For Ippon
The thrills in Judo are experienced with zero risk, as your child will learn how to fall correctly during their first lesson. A knockout, also known a Ippon, results in a person getting right back up without injury.
5. It is A Martial Art and An Olympic Sport
The sport comes with many benefits, but people practising it don’t just see Judo as a form of physical exercise, but as an art. Not only are the techniques of Judo taught, but the vast and colourful history. It is an art suitable for all ages, not just for the elite and super fit.
6. Respect Is Taught From The First Lesson
Respecting yourself and others is the central lesson to Judo. From the initial bow to avoiding injury of yourself and others, it is a lesson that your child will learn time and time again and that can carry though to all aspects of life.
7. Problem Solving
Finally, the sport is great way to learn the art of problem solving. Whilst practising Judo, your child will face many problems in a high pressured environment, causing them to think fast on their feet and learn how to adapt to the situation with the skills that they have leant. Judo will inspire self-development in and outside of the sport, and will teach your child to ask questions that will empower them such as ‘how can I avoid this situation’ and ‘how can I improve in this area’.
There are more, such as the way we develop friendships in Judo that last a lifetime and also the self-defence element of the sport. These are the most powerful motivating factors that should encourage people to try our wonderful sport and art.
Our Judo classes take place three times a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Call to book your child place today!