Martial Arts of the Federation:
Kawaishi Judo

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Who is Judo for?

Simply put, Judo is for everyone!

Judo is a great first martial art for people of all ages, both children and adults, developing all-round fitness, discipline, balance, strength, and coordination.

Judo is great for girls and women. From a self-defence perspective it teaches foundational skills for overcoming a stronger assailant, while its practical and close-quarters nature provides the necessary conditioning and acclimatisation to execute these skills under stress.

Judo is excellent for boys and men too. It teaches grace, balance, and timing, and has techniques that favour all sorts of shapes and sizes.

We start teaching kids as young as 6 and keep going all the way up to 66! It's never too late to start.

Judo is the way to the most effective use of both physical and spiritual strength.

By training you in attacks and defenses it refines your body and your soul and helps you make the spiritual essence of Judo a part of your very being.

In this way you are able to perfect yourself and contribute something of value to the world. This is the final goal of Judo discipline.

— Jigoro Kano (founder of Judo)

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What will I learn in Judo?

Judo will teach you how to fall correctly with minimum injury, how to throw a person, and grappling and ground skills using a numerical system. We hope to provide self-discipline and individual initiative, mental alertness and physical training, body coordinatoin and control and self-confidence. As well as a system of practical self defence and recreational activity.

  • Ukemi waza: Safe falling and rolling
  • Kuzushi: Breaking your partner's balance and alignment
  • Nage waza: Throwing techniques
  • Katame waza: Ground grappling techniques

Judo training methods

Cooperative, paired practice (our main emphasis)

  • Perfecting individual techniques
  • Combinations: following up one technique with another
  • Counters: evading a technique and responding with your own
  • Formal kata: advanced technical displays

Randori: free practice

  • Standup: partners strive to throw each other using excellent technique
  • Groundwork: partners strive to immobilise, lock, or apply strangulation techniques to each other on the ground

Shiai: contest

  • Twice yearly contests, similar to randori, in which points are scored for excellent and varied technique


  • in kids' classes a range of physical games are played, including the ever-popular Octopus

What is Kawaishi Judo?

Kawaishi Judo is a method of instruction that is designed to make Judo easier to learn for non-Japanese people.

Techniques are numbered, so that a student first learns the movements of what we call the 1st leg throw, the 2nd leg throw etc., later learning the corresponding Japanese names: osoto gari, de ashi barai, and so on.

Another difference that has emerged in recent decades is that while Olympic Judo has become more narrowly focussed on sports competition, Kawaishi Judo remains true to founder Jigoro Kano's original original full breadth of techniques and arts that it was derived from. We maintain Kano's vision of Judo as a "way to perfect yourself and contribute something of value to the world".

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