Judo in Canterbury gives everybody the opportunity to reach their potential and achieve their dreams.
Children from 5 years up participate in ‘pee-wee’ classes. These vary from club to club, but a central element for these youngsters is fun! As children grow and progress through the Judo NZ grading program (yellow belt, orange belt and so on) they move to classes which are more technically and competitively orientated. Judo is not all about fighting! Judo translates from the Japanese as ‘gentle way’ and a central concept is gaining control of an opponent without causing harm! For some people, this means Judo is about the art – about being as skillful as possible in the execution of throws and holds. For others, however, Judo can be about winning! Every year, competitors from Canterbury enter local, national and international competitions – and win!
In March 2015, Can Am Ju was awarded the prestigious “Club of the Year” trophy at the Canterbury Sports awards – a reflection of the fact that it was the most successful competitive Judo club in NZ that year (with numerous age and weight group champions and 2 medals at the Commonwealth games).
Local Judo also provides the opportunity for individuals to become involved in refereeing, officiating and Judo administration. Several local members are active representatives of Judo NZ and our referees are involved at an international level.
So, if you simply want to get involved in a sport which is fun, or you dream of being a National Champion, or Olympic representative, then come along to one of our clubs and give Judo a try! Age is no restriction.
Judo the Sport
Judo (柔道 jūdō?, meaning “gentle way”) was created as a physical, mental and moral pedagogy in Japan, in 1882, by Kanō Jigorō (嘉納治五郎). It is generally categorized as a modern martial art which later evolved into a combat and Olympic sport. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defenses are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata, 形) and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice (randori, 乱取り). A judo practitioner is called a judoka.
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