#ThrowYourselfIntoJudo “Inner Improvement”


Our partners at SportSolent posted this picture today as some “Monday Motivation”.

It is a quote from Pierre de Coubertin, father on the modern Olympics.

For each individual, sport is a possible source for inner improvement.

Judo was founded by Kano Jigoro; who was am member of the International Olympic Committee. He was very much a believer in Judo and sport as a way of improving people and society.

In our club, we practice Judo as a sport; not just because it is a brilliant sport; but also as sport is a great method for self improvement. We are currently working hard on both technical skills as well as physical development. Specifically, we are working on posture (shizenhontai) and on flexibility (especially in reference to good posture).

As well as improving our technique, by developing ourselves physically we help our day to day life by decreasing the damage that sitting at desks all days and being inactive can have on us.

So come on down to the dojo at St Marys Leisure Centre on Sundays at 3pm or Tuesdays at 8pm and find inner improvement via the sport of Judo.

#throwyourselfintojudo – Judo Food!

naraNext Saturday the club will be having a meal together at the Nara Restaurant on Bedford Place in Southampton. The idea being to introduce new Judo people to the food of Japan and more of the culture surrounding Judo.


We have created an event on our Facbook Page, so please RSVP there. The meal is open to wives, husbands, boyfriends and girlfriends; so bring someone else along too to experience a great night out with the Judo Club.

Training continues this Sunday at 3pm and on Tuesday at 8pm, both at ST Marys Leisure Centre.

Tuesday Judo Training in Southampton #throwyourselfintojudo

Taking a page out of the book of our friends at the Kuala Lumpur Judo Training Centre, I wanted to share a little about the Judo training we did this Tuesday in Southampton.

Tuesday is our higher intensity Judo training session of the week. This week was a great session, our new dojo with air conditioning and fans are turning out to be ideal in the summer! I think all the members who attended training at St Marys would agree it’s great to have the cooling when we are working hard.IMAG0068

As well as standing randori and groundwork; we had a conversation about the scoring and points system of Judo and how that affects the strategies we use if we play the sport of Judo.

We also did our usual uchi komi, both shadow uchi komi and with partners. We introduced another style of Uchi Komi too, using belts. There are plenty of good reasons for using belts for uchi komi, it helps us develop our hand grips as well as lifting action. Also as shown in the picture, it encourages commitment of your body in the right direction. And of course, it’s a fun change from our nightly uchi komi Judo drills.

I would also like to take a moment to thank everyone in attendance for observing a minutes silence in memory of the great Judo man Roy Inman who passed away recently. Roy was a huge part of British Judo and will be sorely missed.

Throw yourself into Judo, June 7th.

11216423_10153277847213255_1900515903_nThrow yourself into Judo this summer!
We are running a 10 week beginners course starting on June 7th at our club in St Marys, Southampton. Aimed at late teen and adult beginners, this is a great opportunity to get into the sport.

Judo is minute for minute one of the best workouts you can ever get in terms of calories burned! So as well as learning self-defence you will also get fit.

We run a relaxed club, where we are currently enjoying summer training sessions with the air conditioning on and music turned up loud. Everyone enjoys themselves and it’s a chance to have a good wrestle with  friends.

See our dedicated page for more details on all the things you get for free when you sign up!



Kime no Kata concludes and competition methods begins

ThrowHTC1This weeks marks our transition from Kata training to competition training. Each Tuesday will remain Randori and Sunday from now till June 7th shall be dedicated to examining modern competition techniques and methods.

We will try and understand and replicate the Judo of the elite athletes of the IJF circuit.

Then come June 7th we shall start our beginners Judo Course.

We look forward to welcoming new members to the club!

Kime no Kata update.

This Sunday marks the end of our 6 week block of studying the Kime No Kata.

Kendo visitThe Kime no Kata is a kata from the late 1800s that involves defenses against, grabs, strikes, kicks, daggers and even sword. We have taken the opportunity to invite sword experts to the club and help us understand how to correctly handle the sword in particular.

We have had two visits, one from the Southampton Kendo Club and secondly from the local Iaido Club. Both these Japanese forms of sword martial arts have taught us different but important things for our Kime no Kata.

As we turn our primary focus of our Sunday technical sessions away from Kime no Kata we will continue to practice and learn with extra sessions in Portsmouth planned along with more time at the club also.

We hope to put several couples into the national Kata championships on October 4th in Crawley, so we have a great preparation period to continue to learn the kata and develop it to a better standard. Members are encouraged to express interest (to Lance) if they would like to train for the kata championships.

A big thank you goes to the Kendo and Iaido instructors and students who visited our club. We hope to continue building friendships with other clubs.


Beginners Judo Course Starting June 7th

Poster for courseWe are pleased to announce that on June 7th we shall be running a 6  10 week beginners Judo course. We shall post more information in the next week, but please start spreading the word and if you are interested in attending please email judocoach+beginnerscourse@gmail.com

The course will be held every Sunday for 6 10 weeks starting June 7th, 3pm.

Venue: St Marys Leisure Centre, Southampton.

Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1423933524581911/

The course is for teen and adult beginners and is lead by club coach Lance Wicks.

The course will cost 85 pounds and participants will receive:

  • 10 Weeks Judo instruction (approximately 200 hours of Judo)
  • BJA 4 month license
  • White Judo suit
  • First grading
  • more


Kime no Kata session 2 – Swords!

ThrowHTC1I’m pleased to confirm that this Sunday (3pm) we will be holding our second Kime no Kata session. This week we introduce the weapons (Dagger and Sword).

To ensure we get the best introduction possible, the good people from Southampton Kendo Club have agreed to pay us a visit this week and show us how swords should be handled.

All are welcome to attend, be you experienced black belt Judoka, or novice Judoka. You are also welcome if you are just interested in Japanese martial arts, like Judo and Kendo.

As we have guests, I ask that everyone who is able attends; even if it is just as a spectator.

Please RSVP on the facebook event via the link below:


Kime no Kata course.

Dear All,

from April 12th for 6 weeks we will be running a course on Sundays learning the Kime no Kata. The Kime no Kata is really interesting think to learn as it is somewhat of a historical archive of the effective fighting methods of Japan prevalent in the late 1800s in Japan.

It includes striking and kicking attacks as well as knife and sword attacks. So is quite unusual for Judo people.

We will be using the Kodokan guidebook and IJF criteria as our primary reference material, but will also be using other resources we are able to find. This will include the videos of people doing the kata as well as guest instructors.

We have already reached out to some well regarded practitioners of the kata. Even more excitingly we hope to also have some expertise shared with us by members of the Southampton Kendo Club (who are starting a beginners course on the 20th, see http://southamptonkendo.co.uk/beginners/ for more details).

The Kime no Kata includes very few throws and as we are all novices, it is a great time to invite friends, wives, husbands, work colleagues along to join us on the tatami.