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If you are considering martial arts as a way of self-defence, getting and staying fit, then nothing is more successful at helping you achieve those goals than Judo... and there is no better coach than an Olympian and Commonwealth Games gold medalist.
While many successful athletes coach in the larger cities, Jean-Claude has settled with his family in Penrith and believes it’s a great place to live, work and raise a family. Locals benefit from having a well respected coach and Olympic athlete so close to home to impart his skills, knowledge and experience to help others realise their own goals and dreams.
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By training with us at Kokoro Judo Coaching, you will get:
I started doing Judo because I had a sedentary job and was getting out of shape. I wanted to find something that was fun and useful, Judo was perfect. Since I started Judo two years ago, I've gotten into really good shape, have had a lot of fun and feel more confident. It's a great group of people who come to Kokoro Judo and I have made some good friends.
Judo helps me forget about work stress and at the end of a good Judo session you feel more alive and capable of handling things.
I would tell anyone interested in Judo, to give it a try. It's a practical thing to learn, its good for self defence, you will get fit if you do it regularly and there is a great social element to it as well.
After learning a little about Judo from a friend, I was interested to find classes for my kids to attend. Since starting with Kokoro Judo, I have found not only has their physical well-being improved, but surprisingly, it has also boosted their confidence in social settings, as they have gained new skills and experiences through the practice of Judo.
Judo is a fantastic martial art that imparts great physical fitness, without the need for kicking/punching/striking techniques. As a parent, I felt it difficult to justify telling my kids "don't hit your brother/sister", to then take them to a Martial Arts class where they were encouraged to hit each other. My kids' safety is always an important consideration during classes, and at Kokoro Judo, emphasis is placed on not only how to perform techniques, but also how to safely receive them on the mats (ie. how to fall safely). These skills also translate well to the world outside of Judo, helping to prevent or minimize injury in many real-life situations. I highly recommend their kids programs, it’s been great for our family.
I had not been very physically active in the past, but inspired by the fun my kids were having, I decided to give it a go myself shortly after my kids started. The club has been incredibly supportive on my journey, and I have found the experience to be very rewarding. My fitness level and physical appearance have dramatically improved, and I now have a new lease on life, enabling me to better keep up with my young family, and help guide them to a happier, healthier future.
I have no hesitation in recommending Kokoro Judo to anyone interested in trying out Judo, or a martial art in general. It's a great sport, the club is a very helpful and inviting, and the coaching is second to none!
We chose Judo as a sport because it provides significant physical conditioning and reasonable social interaction which our computer loving son needs. We come to Kokoro Judo because Raph seems genuinely interested in all the kids, not just the ones who are good at the sport. He seems to have unlimited patience with the kids and instills in the group that trying your best is what counts. We also know that training under Raph our son could take Judo as far as he wants to. We also love the atmosphere in the dojo during training as all the other parents are pleasant and we can chat or not as we like.
Through judo, our son is learning the importance of commitment, dedication, first time listening and respect. As parents we noticed right away what he was learning at judo was carrying over at home too. Raph brings a great balance of fun, patience and discipline to every class and we are very pleased with our decision to join Kokoro Judo and know that it has made a great impact on the character building and athletic ability of our son - Greg and Cristal
Frequently Asked Questions
I have never done any Martial Arts or judo before. Do you have a beginner’s class?
Yes! Beginners are most welcome. We run a 3 week ‘come and try’ judo program to give you a taste of what judo is all about before deciding on joining in regular training. This program covers basic throwing actions, submission techniques and ground fighting. Special emphasis is placed on the skill of falling safely. There are no egos at Kokoro Judo Coaching. You will be partnered with people appropriately.
What do I wear?
On your trial session you wear comfortable workout type clothes. We do have uniforms you can borrow while you try out the classes and we have a variety of Fuji and Adidas judo gi’s for sale.
At what age should I start my child in Judo?
We have special classes on Saturday mornings for preschoolers aged 3-5 years
Can I chop and change classes?
Yes you can certainly do that. We are a flexible school and understand the time constraints faced due to work and family life
Do the classes run through school holidays?
Yes, judo is year round sport that is not reliant on the weather so rain, hail or shine we do judo!
We do take a break over the Christmas Period but other than that, classes run each week.
Do I have to be fit to do judo?
Most people start the same way, looking for a way to increase fitness that is more interesting than the gym. Judo is like a full body workout. You don’t have to be fit to start; your fitness will improve with your commitment to judo training.
How often should I train?
Students find that training twice a week develops good results and helps retain the techniques learnt. More training gets you better quicker so the question is how good or how fit do you want to be?
How do the gradings work?
We are a Judo Federation of Australia affiliated club and we have two gradings per year in June and November for the kids who can take their first grading from 6 years of age. Adults grade when they are ready.
Can I do a make-up class if I miss a class?
Yes we do offer makeup classes so feel free to come into the next available class to catch-up