Benefits for everyone in practising judo
Forgotten Art Judo instructor Hamish Rees says judo is for everyone of all ages.
“If you want to learn self defence and learn techniques, or if you wish to compete and get fit, judo will benefit you.”
For the young, judo helps with hand and eye motor skill coordination, Hamish said.
“If you’re into rugby and looking to cross-train, judo is a perfect combination.” And there’s more. “Throwing a ball is easy but try throwing something that is trying to throw you — there’s your challenge.
“Judo is all about throwing your opponent flat on their back or pinning them in a hold to immobilise them, or if you are in the senior class you can also submit your opponent by choke or armlock.”
Hamish is inviting anyone interested to visit the dojo clubrooms and he’ll throw in two weeks’ free to “give it a go”.
The other benefits that judo offers are discipline, respect and confidence, he said.
Hamish started instructing when he opened a club in Te Awamutu in 2005, “to give back to judo what I got out of it”.
He’s come a long way since 1998 when he first started learning the modern martial art in Dannevirke.
For many years he competed in the sport and in 2001 he represented New Zealand and Australia.
A brown belt grade followed and in 2005 he started a club in Te Awamutu.
Hamish then progressed to a black belt grade in 2009 and in 2010 Dannevirke beckoned him back south to where he ran the judo club.
In 2012 Hamish moved to Palmerston North and opened the Forgotten Art Judo club where he is the head instructor with two assistant instructors on the mat with him. The three are qualified New Zealand certified instructors.
“This is our fifth year running and we are the biggest judo club in the North Wellington area with 63 registered members. Our goal is to hit 100 members by the end of this year.”
THE Forgotten Art Judo members.