In­ter­na­tional coach visit

Bath Chronicle - - SPORT -

Masaki Nigishi a 4th dan black belt graded by the top in­sti­tute for judo in the world, the Kodokan in Ja­pan, vis­ited Bath Judo Club to give in­struc­tion in tech­nique train­ing and com­pe­ti­tion tech­niques to the ju­niors and se­niors. Nigishi came at the in­vi­ta­tion of Bath to help cel­e­brate their 50 years’ ex­is­tence in the city. Se­nior coach Peter Thatcher started the club orig­i­nally in the YMCA and the Christo­pher Ho­tel op­po­site the Guild­hall to give peo­ple from the city the chance to try Judo, which was not then a well-known sport. Nigishi is also one of the top coaches in Switzer­land. The fight­ers en­joyed prac­tis­ing with a coach from an­other coun­try where they could mea­sure their skills against good out­side in­struc­tion. The Bath club has been on a visit to the Swiss club in Berne where Masaki is a pro­fes­sional coach and it is hoped his visit to Bath will lead to more ex­changes in the fu­ture. Nigishi stud­ied at the Bath Spa Univer­sity about 12 years ago and be­came good friends with the two main Bath club coaches, Thatcher and Andy Knapp, and it is through this friend­ship these ex­changes have taken place. Bath Judo Club has classes to suit all abil­i­ties from com­plete be­gin­ner to ad­vanced player and spe­cialises in self de­fence les­sons for mem­bers. Chil­dren and Adult classes are avail­able, held in the Bath Judo Cen­tre in Larkhall on Mon­day and Fri­day evenings, and Satur­day morn­ings. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Peter Thatcher on 01225 428569 or An­drew Knapp on 01225 426259.

Masaki Nigishi presents Peter Thatcher a Ja­panese scrool to com­mem­o­rate his 50-year in­volve­ment with Bath Judo Club

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