Judo can be a physically demanding activity that requires a great deal of cooperative work. By its very nature it builds confidence in the body and in relationships given the emphasis on self-control, respect and care for the partner. We provide a fun program that uses games, drills and exercises to develop our youngsters Agility, Balance, Coordination and Confidence. As their skills and fitness progress, we move them forward through our grading syllabus. Feedback from parents has told us that the children seem to improve their ability to concentrate and focus, not only on the mat, but also in other aspects of their lives. The quick pace of the kids classes and focus on positive reinforcement brings out the best in students.
Judo is more than a just another Martial Art or Sport, and the lessons learned are transferable to situations away from the Gym (Dojo). We often use elements of Judo as a metaphor for bigger life lessons. The benefits of judo for children include fitness, flexibility, co-ordination, self-confidence and discipline.
Children can start judo from as young as three or four, depending on what is decided during our Free Introductory Sessions. Judo is suitable for both boys and girls. At Rakuen Martial Arts on the Gold Coast, our Kids Martial Art and Fitness Activity Classes focus on having fun and centre on games and activities which build Judo Skills.
Start them young and you will be glad you did, and so will they one day sooner than you may imagine. Children with attention, confidence, respect and self control issues will all gradually improve. This Class taps into a Childs imagination by teaching them using fun games and activities that are a belly laughs and excitement to all evolved, and fun for them to participate in whilst learning real life and judo skills.
During these classes Children will improve their motor and co ordination skills, and within months be noticeably ahead of most other kids their age in balance, respect, discipline and focus that don’t attend our style of classes. Some things that are taught include falling and rolling safely, throws and pins /hold down techniques.
As Children Mature they are able to cope and enjoy longer training sessions than the younger Kids Classes without it being overwhelming, and they also develop the ability to follow more complicated instructions, so we have decided that a six years and over class would be appropriate.
This Class also taps into a Childs imagination by teaching them more advanced fun games and activities that are a fun, engaging and exciting to all evolved, being fun for them to participate in whilst learning real life and judo self defence and sporting skills.
During these classes Children will improve more advanced motor and co ordination skills, and within months be noticeably ahead of most other kids their age in balance, respect, discipline and focus that don’t attend our style of classes. Some things that are taught include falling and rolling safely, throws and pins /hold down techniques.
Depending of the individual, Childs maturity level and abilities, they will also be slowly introduced to some of the techniques taught in the Adults Classes that involve strangles and joint locks. However, it is important not to introduce these too soon (very common in Judo) as the childrens bodies are still developing and we always put a Childs safety and well-being ahead of all else regardless of how keen they may be.
The Street Wise Kids Judo Classes are fun and open to Kids 5 – 13 years of age. These classes cover a huge variety of different techniques of Judo that caters for Beginners to Intermediate level Judo Students. Although the class can be fun, it can also be hard work as students are encouraged to dig deep during the strength and fitness part of the classes.
These classes incorporate defence and attack in a variety of real life conflict situations, for instance: where the opponent picking a fight may just be wearing shorts. Individual students may learn, practise and combine techniques involving Kicks, Punches, Hold Downs, Strangles, Arm Locks, and Throws.
The Street Judo Classes are a bit of a laugh at times with students of all skill levels enjoying the class company and having some fun whist learning the exciting secrets of true Martial Arts Judo. Although the class can be fun, it can also be hard work as students are encouraged to dig deep during the strength and fitness part of the classes.
Kids under thirteen years old must be at a certain level of maturity to attend without a Parent/Guardian being part of the class.
These classes incorporate defence and attack in a variety of real life conflict situations, for instance: where the opponent picking a fight may be just be wearing shorts. Individual students may learn, practise and combine techniques involving Kicks, Punches, Hold Downs, Strangles, Arm Locks, and Throws.
As Students progress, weapons can be introduced into the various drills. When you participate in the Street Judo Classes at Rakuen Martial Arts, you will have the opportunity to learn many Judo Techniques that are rarely taught in Typical Judo Classes and Judo Clubs. These techniques are not permitted in the current International Judo Federation (IJF) Olympic Games - Competition Rules so, sadly, most who have tried Judo at other Judo Dojo's don’t even know of them. However these very effective techniques are still part of the Original Kodokan Judo Techniques and are still taught by highly qualified Instructors, such as Matthew Kinstler at Rakuen Martial Arts.
At Rakuen Martial Arts, we do not focus on competitions as being all Judo is about. Competition is not our main focus when teaching the art, as we take pride in keeping the Samurai Etiquette and Budo Spirit alive and kicking. Many people on the Gold Coast think this is Karate. In fact, many people around the Gold Coast think all Martial Arts including Taekwondo, Kung Fu, BJJ and Japanese Jiu Jitsu is just another style of Karate, but they are very mistaken.
Judo Kata is an exercise and presentation of art of Judo that can be practiced softly, and is also the most accurate method of training for beginners and advanced students.
The four different Kata Classes taught at Rakuen Martial Arts are:
Rakuen Martial Arts is a Member of the Judo Federation of Australia (Qld), which means Rakuen Martial Arts Students are able to participate in Local Competitions and later National and International Tournaments if wishing to do so. Local Judo Competitions are normally held in Brisbane every 4-8 weeks as well as Country Locations from time to time including the Gold Coast.