Club finds new home

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT - Call Candice Uyami on 0416 374 372, email or head to lakay­montwa.

LAKAY Judo Club’s young­sters are jump­ing for joy about their new club train­ing venue.

The club started as an in­for­mal back­yard fam­ily judo club at the Cloverdale res­i­dence of club pres­i­dent and vol­un­teer head coach Lito Uyami.

The first par­tic­i­pants were Mr Uyami’s close friends’ chil­dren, who grew up watch­ing their ‘Un­cle Lito’ train and com­pete in judo tour­na­ments at state, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional lev­els.

When the back­yard club reached full ca­pac­ity, Mr Uyami reached out to the City of Belmont, which helped the club get a se­cured train­ing venue at Cen­te­nary Park Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Sun­days and pro­vided fund­ing for judo play­ing and land­ing mats.

Club sec­re­tary Candice Uyami said there were cur­rently about 50 mem­bers of the club, in­clud­ing trainees and vol­un­teers, with trainees rang­ing in age from six to 45.

“Judo is a very wel­com­ing sport which does not limit per­for­mance due to a per­son’s age, gen­der or weight,” Ms Uyami said.

Par­tic­i­pants grip the judo uni­form, or ju­dogi, and use the forces of bal­ance, power and move­ment to sub­due each other.

Ms Uyami said in­di­vid­u­als were wel­come to visit the club dur­ing Sun­day train­ing from 12.30pm to 4pm at the multi-pur­pose hall.

Lakay Judo Club has of­fi­cially launched at the new Cen­te­nary Park Com­mu­nity Cen­tre lo­ca­tion.

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