Judo ar­rives in Drouin

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - GAZETTE SPORT -

Judo has ar­rived in Drouin, not with a bang or crash, but rather a throw and break-fall to the mat and the oc­ca­sional hold-down.

The Ju-You-Kai Judo Club re­cently set up a dojo in Drouin and has suc­cess­fully com­peted as a club in its first re­gional Judo Vic­to­ria tour­na­ment held in Trar­al­gon.

Ju-You-Kai had the largest num­ber of en­tries of any club for the La­trobe City Judo Cham­pi­onships, with com­peti­tors aged be­tween eight-years-old to mid-50s.

All com­peti­tors were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing their first bouts on the com­pe­ti­tion mat. Tro­phies were awarded for first, sec­ond, third and fourth places, giv­ing the com­peti­tors mo­ti­va­tion to con­tinue with their train­ing.

Judo is an in­ter­na­tional and Olympic recog­nised com­pet­i­tive and recre­ational sport, and is un­der­go­ing a re­vival in the Gipp­s­land re­gion.

Be­sides the re­gional tour­na­ment, the Ju-You-Kai club has been gain­ing mo­men­tum in the past year while train­ing un­der the guid­ance of Mas­ter Sen­sei Mike Keane, 6th Dan who has 52 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the art of Judo.

Train­ing is held at St Ita’s Pri­mary School hall in Drouin on Wed­nes­days from 6.30pm to 7.30pm and Satur­days from 9.30am to 10.30am with peo­ple of all ages and abil­i­ties wel­come to come and par­tic­i­pate in the art of Judo.

Judo builds con­fi­dence, dis­ci­pline, co­or­di­na­tion, self-con­trol and fit­ness.

Mas­ter Sen­sei Keane said the club has ex­pe­ri­enced a rapid growth in mem­bers, and hoped to one day move into a big­ger dojo.

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