A couple of weeks ago, Yuki Judo delivered an online presentation for kids and staff at the Statewide Vision Resource Centre (SVRC).
SVRC is an institution depending from the Victorian Department of Education and Training, that supports over 500 blind and vision impaired students and provides specialised training and support for educators.
We talked about the history Judo, how we fight and what a typical class looks like. We also talked about the particularities of Judo for blind and vision impaired people, including the experience with our blind Judoka in the adults class, who’s been training twice per week for a year now.
It was a great session where the kids also had the opportunity to ask questions and touch and feel Judo belts and gis (uniforms).
A big thank you to SVRC and Blind Sports Victoria for the invitation!
During March, Yuki Judo is celebrating the International Women’s Day.
Our doors are always open for everybody to try our classes for free, but this month in particular we want all women to come and try our classes!!!
So, you can find below 10 Reasons why women should try Judo at Yuki (don’t miss the last one 😉)
Classes are Mondays and Wednesdays 6pm at Boeing Reserve. Contact Us if you have any question!
Judo is very fun and engaging. We do a lot of different activities in the class (breakfalls, standing and on the ground techniques, self-defence, and much more!). So, you never get bored doing the same things.
We are a proud ‘This Girl Can’ supporter. We want to encourage girls and women to join our classes. We already have 2 and possibly 3 regular female students in our adult class and we do all we can to make women feel welcomed.
We make sure the classes are super relaxed, safe and fun. No intimidating environment, just local people having fun while exercising and learning new things. On top of that, we are close to your home at Boeing Reserve!
Classes are structured in a way that every person trains and makes progress at their own pace, so they are suitable for all ages and fitness levels, even if you have zero experience with martial arts.
Judo is a non-violent Olympic Sport and Martial art (there are no punches and kicks) and training can be as intense or as light as you choose to.
The founder of Judo created it in a way that any person can effectively apply the techniques to someone much stronger and bigger so you don’t need to be strong and athletic to do it. This makes it great for self-defence and every class we dedicate some time to practice specific and easy to apply self-defence techniques.
You can come out of curiosity, just for the Free trial class. We want more people to know what Judo is about, so we are cool with that.
If you don’t feel comfortable coming alone, you can ask a friend, relative or neighbour and come together to have fun and try out. Otherwise, don’t worry, there is always one or two female students in every class anyways.
You have an extra free trial class during March and we’ll lend you a Judo jacket so you can feel like a true Judoka from the start.
Last, but not least, to celebrate the International Women’s Day, you have an extra free trial class (I’ve already mentioned that) and if you decide to continue training, you get a free Judo Gi and a 30% discount for the first three months! (these all is worth more than $150!)
So, the only thing remining is you grabbing a water bottle and coming any Monday and Wednesday at 6pm at Boeing Reserve! (Just search Yuki Judo in Google or Apple Maps)
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.