Judo–the way of gentleness, was developed from traditional Japanese martial arts to be an ideal form of physical exercise and a reliable system of self-defense. Judo was developed to reflect maximum efficiency in the use of physical and mental energy.
Judo culture promotes mutual welfare and benefit–as such Judo is a discipline that is closely related to daily living. In Judo, students learn Judo etiquette, and fundamental throwing and grappling techniques.
Interactive physical and social emotional learning involves (and develops) self-awareness, empathy, and perspective taking which are foundational skills for self-regulation and co-regulation. Traditional martial arts have been highly recommended by Shanker (2013) as an effective integrative strategy to develop personal and social competencies.
Judo is an Olympic sport, practiced around the world, with a greater number of countries participating in Judo than any other sport at the London Olympics. Yet, despite being a contact sport, practitioners at the lowest level can safely practice with world-class athletes. Judo is a diverse sport in which male and female children and youth (as well as adults) at all levels of ability, can and do practice and learn together.
References. Shanker, S. (2013). Calm, alert, and learning: Classroom strategies for self-regulation. Don Mills, ON: Pearson.
SEPTEMBER START-UP PRACTICE TIMES:
Junior classes (age 7 [turning 8 within 2015] to 15) will start on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 6:00 pm. Regular classes will be Monday & Wednesday from 6:00 pm until 7:15 pm. See website for other classes.
* PLEASE REGISTER BEFOREHAND AT A REGULARLY SCHEDULED PRACTICE ON MONDAY OR WEDNESDAY
The Victoria Judo Club is a non-profit community club.