COME along and see what the sport is all about! That is the open invitation from Kilkenny judo club to one and all during what is national judo month.
The sport, which is an Olympic Games event, is on a big recruitment drive and the Kilkenny club will open its doors to anyone who might like to see how it all works this weekend.
The club will have an open session in the Friary Hall on Saturday (12.30 to 2pm) during which people can enjoy a free lesson and introduction to a sport that is open to children and adults.
Judo is the second most popular sport in the world after soccer for the number of participants, apparently. The All Blacks and England rugby teams use judo as their off season sport of choice for contact conditioning. Judo training is used to enable the tackler to place the tackled player on the ground on his back leaving the ball available to the opposition.
A number of other sports such as soccer, athletics and basketball use judo in their pre-season training as judo teaches balance, falling, advantage, recognising the shift in advantage in an instant, inventiveness as well as building strength, agility, explosive power and general fitness.
Judo Assist Ireland is a national special needs judo programme being rolled out by the Inclusion Committee of the Irish Judo Association and is open to a wide variety of disabilities.
For children judo is taught utilising basic techniques as well as judo games as a fun way to encourage development of movement and athletic skills. For adults it is a sport that demands physical prowess and mental discipline. It can help improve core stability, strength, stamina, agility, footwork, coordination and overall fitness.
Members of Kilkenny Judo Club would like to see you in the Friary Hall on Saturday.