She started training at the beginning of 2021 on Wednesdays only and after a month, she joined the rest of the students and has been training twice per week since then! (well, until COVID lockdown anyways)
Here’s some fun facts about Blind Judo:
– Judo is the world’s most popular martial art for athletes with visual impairments.
– To compete in Paralympic Judo, you need to have less than 10% of remaining vision or your visual field restricted to less than 20%.
– Judo is one of the few competitive sports that the visually impaired athlete can participate in fully without major accommodations.
– Practically, the only difference when fighting is that the competitors start the bout already holding each other instead of 2m apart, the rest is pretty much the same
– There are many vision impaired Judokas worldwide that have reached the podium in regular competitions against sighted Judokas- Antônio Tenório Silva is a Brazilian Judoka who holds several records. He’s completely blind and has won 7 medals in Paralympic games, including 4 gold medals in consecutives games. He got COVID in early 2021 and was in ICU for 18 days, but he still participated in the Tokyo games with 50 years old and won the Bronze medal in his category!
Thank you so much to the participants of our first This Girl Can Week event last night!
We’ve had so much fun working out, doing movements inspired in Judo techniques & exercises and even learning some self-defence techniques at the end!
Thank you also to Emily Bourke from ABC Radio for coming to Yuki Judo to talk with us at the beginning of the event!
Next This Girl Can event we hope to see more local women that want to give it a try!
Congratulations again to the women that participated and remember that Yuki Judo is a proud supporter of #ThisGrilCanVIC and women are welcome to come anytime to one of our regular adult classes to try Judo.
To celebrate today’s International Women’s Day, Yuki Judo is organising an Open Session on Wednesday 24 March 6:15pm exclusively for women that want to get active whatever their age, size, background, gender identity or ability.
Yuki Judo is a proud supporter of This Girl Can VIC initiative to encourage all women and girls across Victoria to get active and we are organising this event as part of This Girl Can Week.
It’s going to be a fun class suitable for all fitness levels to exercise with Judo inspired movements.
Contact us or go to our Facebook page event to confirm your assistance, since there is a limited number of persons per session. But don’t worry, if the session gets booked out, we are going to open another one so every woman can have the opportunity.
If you can only attend a morning class, send us a message with your EOI. If we gather enough people, we might have the chance to do a morning session on Monday 22/3!
Last week Yuki Judo had its last class of 2020. No doubt it was a challenging year for everybody but in spite of that, we’ve kept training via our videos and online classes.
Happily, at the end of November we managed to come back to our Dojo and resume our classes sticking to our COVID management plan and enjoying training Judo together again.
Yuki, the name of our Dojo, means Courage in Japanese and it’s one of the Judo core values. Judo is a really difficult martial art, it takes time and dedication to make progress and many times is scary and challenging.
I wanted to share these two videos I’ve prepared for our brave Judokas showing what we do in every class.
Looking forward to resuming our classes next year, I wish you all a great 2021!
Yuki Judo was at Strathmore North Primary School last week, running a Judo workshop for kids from year 3 to 6.
experience and wonderful kids!
As part of
the school’s Japanese program, the kids received from Yuki Judo a Japanese
vocabulary list and learned about the history of Judo, its principles, Judo
etiquette and what we do in a regular Judo practice.
I’ve recently participated in the Australian Kodokan Judo Association National Championships 2019 at Cairns, QLD in both, Kata and Shiai (fights).
In the Kata tournament, I teamed up with Damon Ellis, from Zenyo Judo. Close to the competition, my original partner was unable to participate, so Damon kindly accepted to replaced him at the last minute.