Judo is an incredibly popular sport to be taught to children. Not only is it excellent for all round general fitness, but it also emphasises on many other qualities such as discipline, focus, co-ordination and respect. Our Junior Judo classes are specifically designed for children aged 8-13 years. Many of our current members have either transgressed from Midi Judo classes or joined new to the Junior classes.
Our classes are structured to benefit all levels, whether the complete beginner or more advanced Judoka. We have two instructors in each class to ensure safety and to closely monitor the progress of our Judoka. Classes are often split depending on their level, to allow children to develop at their own pace.
The aims of our Junior Judo classes are to teach boys and girls the essentials of Newaza (ground holds) and the art of Ukemi (break falling) as well as Tachiwaza (throwing moves).
As the children’s skills develop they are introduced to the traditional Japanese training format of Randori (free practice) and Nagekomi (throwing practice).
The classes also include co-ordination skills with fun and games which are all taught in a safe and effective environment with highly qualified instructors.
We develop our Judoka through the British Judo Association grading system (coloured belts and tabs) as well as regular competitions that are both held at the club as well as on local and national scales.
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays Saturdays - Boys and Girls of all grades including complete beginners aged between 8-12 years old.
Tuesdays - High performance and competition training
Thursdays- - Junior Squad only
Spring Term 2019: 7th Jan - 6th April / Half term from 18th Feb
Summer Term 2019: 29th April - 13th July / Half term from 27th May
Autumn Term 2019: 9th Sept - 13th December / Half term from 28th October
JUNIOR JUDO GRADINGS
Junior Judokas are graded through Mon grades (unlike adults who are graded through Kyu grades). At a junior level the highest grade you can achieve is 18th Mon (Brown belt) where upon you must wait until you are 16 years of age till you can grade towards your 1st Dan (Black belt). At this stage you will enter the adult grading schemed.
Junior gradings are held at the Budokwai approximately three times a year-usually in March, May and September. Novice – 6th Mon (Yellow Belt+ 3 red stripes) Judoka are graded in class time as these grades are based solely on theory and technique. Once you are over 6th Mon you will attend separate gradings held at the Budokwai which are based on a combination of theory and Randori.
Please see our Up and Coming Events section for dates and times for all 6+ Mon Junior gradings, and our Junior Judo Competitions (Budokwai Junior Judo Festivals)
The Belt system goes as follows:
|1st mon -||Red belt||+ 1 yellow stripe|
|2nd mon -||Red belt||+ 2 yellow stripes|
|3rd mon -||Red belt||+ 3 yellow stripes|
|4th mon -||Yellow belt||+ 1 yellow stripe|
|5th mon -||Yellow belt||+ 2 yellow stripes|
|6th mon -||Yellow belt||+ 3 yellow stripes|
|7th mon -||Orange belt||+ 1 yellow stripe|
|8th mon -||Orange belt||+ 2 yellow stripes|
|9th mon -||Orange belt||+ 3 yellow stripes|
|1st mon -||Green belt||+ 1 yellow stripe|
|2nd mon -||Green belt||+ 2 yellow stripes|
|3rd mon -||Green belt||+ 3 yellow stripes|
|4th mon -||Blue belt||+ 1 yellow stripe|
|5th mon -||Blue belt||+ 2 yellow stripes|
|6th mon -||Blue belt||+ 3 yellow stripes|
|7th mon -||Brown belt||+ 1 yellow stripe|
|8th mon -||Brown belt||+ 2 yellow stripes|
|9th mon -||Brown belt||+ 3 yellow stripes|
MEMBERSHIP & CLASS FEES
Junior Judo Membership
Judo suits must be worn when attending classes.
Children are welcome to come along and watch a class before they join. Our instructors or reception staff are always there to answer any questions you may have.
To become a member of the Budokwai Junior Judo section, simply come along to the club to fill out a membership form and pay the appropriate fee. In order to practice judo at the Budokwai you are also required to be a member of the British Judo Association and hold a valid BJA licence. Application forms for the BJA can be obtained from reception, or are available from the BJA website http://www.britishjudo.org.uk
Judo gis (outfits) can also be purchased from reception and vary in price from £32-£45.
|5:20 pm - 6:20 pm||Junior Judo & Beginners|
|5:20 pm - 6:20 pm||Junior Judo High Performance|
|5:20 pm - 6:20 pm||Junior Judo|
|5:20 pm - 7:00 pm||Junior Judo Squad|
|5:20 pm - 6:20 pm||Junior Judo|
|10:00 am - 11:30 am||Junior Judo & Beginners|
|no scheduled classes or training sessions|