Ben­e­fits for ev­ery­one in prac­tis­ing judo

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS -

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.

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