Rochdale Judo Club Training Times
Rochdale Judo Club trains at Trafalgar Street, Rochdale, OL16 2DR.
Senior training on Monday evenings is an intermediate class run from 7pm to 8:30pm with a session suitable for all levels. Lead coach John Slattery, 4th Dan, and former British Judo squad member works alongside Maurice Clarke, also 4th Dan, and Rochdale Judo Club’s President.
On Wednesday night the senior class commences at 7pm and again runs until 8:30pm. Lead coach Warren Schofield, 6th Dan, and former British Masters Champion is ably assisted by Mick Armstrong, 2nd Dan, and former professional judo coach as well as Maurice Clarke, 4th Dan, and Club President.
The Thursday senior classes from 7pm to 8:30pm are mainly a technical session and we welcome all beginners; the session is coached through joint effort by coaches Warren Schofield and Mick Armstrong.
Our junior classes have had an adjustment in timings and now run on a Tuesday evening from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Tuesdays are led by coach Eddie Thomas, 2nd Dan, retired school head master with the assistance of Dave Hulme, 1st Dan.
Wednesday evenings from 6pm to 7pm are led by Mick Armstrong, 2nd Dan, also with Dave Hulme, 1st Dan, lending his valued assistance.
Friday evening from 6:30pm to 7:30pm sees Dave Duffy, 6th Dan, and former British Judo Association coaching officer working with Eddie Thomas, 2nd Dan.
We are now running mixed open randori sessions on Sunday morning between 10am and 11:30am. All visitors are welcome to attend.
There are three date exclusions when the Club will be used for North West area Dan Gradings. They are 21st February, 19th June and 23rd October.
This class will include graded juniors (male/female) 12 years and above. These sessions will be coached on a rotating basis by our experienced coaches at the club along with invited guest coaches from National and Area levels.
Beginners guide to Judo
Judo means the ‘gentle way’ and adheres to the cornerstones of politeness, courage, self-control, purity and respect. However, don’t be fooled. When it comes to this martial art, gentleness goes hand-in-hand with powerful skill and agility.
What’s It All About?
In the late Nineteenth Century, Dr. Jigoro Kano (The Father of Judo) began studying ancient Japanese self-defense forms, eventually creating a new sport that integrated the best of these forms – judo.
The objective of judo is to control your opponent’s movements and score points by throwing them to the ground or immobilising them with armlocks, holds or strangles.
The best score is called ippon and instantly wins the contest. Ippon can be achieved by throwing an opponent onto the flat of their back, immobilising an opponent on the floor for 20 seconds or forcing an opponent to submit through an armlock or stranglehold. A score of a yuko or waza-ari can also be awarded but these scores do not instantly win the contest.
As a martial art, judo can suit children and those with a lighter body weight as participants are taught to use their opponent’s greater momentum to unbalance them.
Why You’ll Love It
Judo is a compelling sport to watch as athletes display both physical and mental agility as they battle for dominance of the contest. And with an emphasis on skill, rather than brute force, the smaller athlete is not always the underdog…
- Hajime – the referee’s command to begin the contest.
- Ippon – maximum score.
- Judogi – Judo uniform.
- Judoka – competitor.
- Passivity – avoiding action by not making enough attacks.
- Rei – a bow.
- Soremade – the referee’s command to end the contest.
- Tatami – mat.
Non-members £5 per lesson; members £4 per lesson – Contact Warren Schofield on 07527 861928 or RJC on 01706 869818
Every Tuesday afternoon 1pm-2pm cost £2 per lesson
Run in conjunction with our highest ranking Judo and Karate Coaches this fitness based self-defence initiative is ideal for people of all abilities aged 14 and above. Every Wednesday 20:30pm – 21:30pm (ish).
Schools Judo provision
Via our links with Woz-Mick Judo 4 All we can arrange School based Judo classes, these can be pre-school, lunchtime, after school or even curriculum based. Provision can be made for the GCSE element for PE lessons. See: www.rochdale-judoclub.co.uk/judo-in-schools
Details of other classes at RJC
Additional activities to follow as and when allocated; contact the Club if you are interested in hiring the facilities several user groups have taken advantage of our reasonable rates and any compatible group or activity will be considered by the Club Committee.
In the past we have accommodated many diverse user groups including Aikido, Yoga, Pilates, Rugby League Clubs, Parachute training etc. Simply get in touch via our freephone number to start the ball rolling!
Whether you are looking for Judo, an activity for fitness training, to learn a form of self defence or martial arts you can achieve all of these goals. For further information on Rochdale Judo Club be sure to get in touch with us by using the ‘Contact Us‘ page form, via the number listed above or why not drop in to one of our sessions. We welcome students of all ages and all skill levels, and look forward to speaking with you in the near future.
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