"Judo teaches us to look for the best possible course of action, whatever the individual circumstances, and helps us to understand that worry is a waste of energy. In randori we learn to employ the principle of maximum efficiency even when we could easily overpower an opponent. Indeed, it is much more impressive to beat an opponent with proper technique than with brute force."
Jigoro Kano
Founder of Judo

Judo (meaning “gentle way”) was created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano as a modern form of Jujutsu which has become an Olympic sport. The objective of Judo is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilise or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke.

The philosophy and subsequent teaching methods developed for judo became the model for other modern Japanese martial arts that developed from Koryū (traditional schools). The worldwide spread of Judo has led to the development of a number of offshoots such as Sambo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.


Junior Judo Class (6 to 10yrs)

At the Craigieburn Martial Arts Centre, Judo is the foundation for all martial arts taught for young children. Judo is a very social martial art where students learn to co-operate and communicate with each other while adhering to the disciplined environment of the school in order to learn the skills of throwing and wrestling. Plus children learn how to fall and roll safely (great for the playground). Learning to throw and wrestle other children in a safe environment gives students confidence and a sense of accomplishment. Judo provides the perfect foundation for learning self defence within our Jujutsu (self defence) program which begins from the age of 11 years.

As the children learn new skills their self confidence blossoms. Watching the amazement of a smaller child throwing a larger child or holding a larger child to the ground is great.

Get the children off the couch away from game consoles. Give them an interest in a physical activity that will get their bodies active.

Judo is excellent for developing gross motor skills. Children learn to keep their balance even when their body is in an awkward position

In order to learn the techniques of Judo you need to co-operate with your partner. Children quickly learn that if they want to learn they need to co-operate

Judo is taught as a serious martial art, so the children need to listen and follow instructions. At the beginning and end of each class all children must kneel, be quiet and not move any part of their body. This simple exercise sets the mind of the students that they must be quiet and follow instructions.

Children help each other to learn the techniques. To do this they continuously use verbal and non-verbal communication.