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!
As Judo is an Olympic Sport, at Yuki Judo we’d like to give everybody the opportunity to learn what Judo is about.
This is why during the 4 weeks following the Olympic Games, we are offering packs of 4 free classes* for our adult class so you can all get to have “The Judo Experience” (including wearing a borrowed Judo jacket for the trial!*). This is a beginners’ friendly class open for all ages, genders and fitness levels.
It is a rare opportunity to do something different and exciting while having a lot of fun!
Still not sure? Tell your partner, friends or neighbours and come together to have some fun!
*Event finishes on 1/9/21. There is a limited number of Judo suits to lend, so they will be assigned by order of registration. Every person gets 4 free classes to be used before the end of the event. If the number of people exceeds the venue limit, they will be able to attend after the first group finishes.
Last week it’s been 2 years since Yuki Judo Dojo opened its doors on 6 May 2019.
It’s been a long way since those early days. And today, I’m very proud and happy to see that Yuki Judo family has currently 29 Judokas training regularly across our three classes, with ages going from 3 years old to 45!
Over the years we have created partnerships with Blind Sports Victoria and This Girl Can as a way of consolidating our vision of having an inclusive Dojo where anyone can come and learn Judo no matter their gender, age, believes, fitness level or abilities.
There’s still a long way to go to keep promoting this amazing Martial Art and Olympic Sport, but I just wanted to take the time to thank all our Judokas and their families for their support and trust over these two years.
Congratulations to the Judokas from Yuki Judo who attended the VAJU Autumn Tournament yesterday.
It was a great event with around 25 participants across all categories!
Results and comments from yesterday:
Congratulations to Eilidh for participating on her first tournament showing great attitude with some loses and wins, but taking valuable experience for the future.
Abi did a great job joining the comp at the last minute without having fully recovered from her finger luxation last week. Being one of the lighter participants in her category, she fought amazingly and demonstrated great Judo skills.
Both competitors had five exhausting fights with many experienced Judokas and demonstrated they have what it takes to be great Judokas!
Great tournament for Bonnie, participating in a very though category with many experienced Judokas. After four intense fights, she received the bronze medal in her category!
All in all, a highly successful tournament. We had fun, we learn a lot and we are ready to keep training for the next one in June!
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!