Judo: The Secret Weapon In Creating Confident, Motivated & Focused Kids


Judo is not just for adults. Kids and teenagers benefit greatly from our strong junior curriculum focusing on holistic skills for life both on and off the mats.

If your child is lacking in confidence and doesn’t want to opt for the more aggressive self defence arts such as Muay Thai, Judo will give them the base upon which to build a solid foundation of physical and mental strength…and the earlier they start, the better!

Worried about martial arts for your child? Judo is known as "the gentle way" and is a non-combative art form which does not include kicking, punching or striking. Instead, Judo promotes sporting and self-defence skills through leveraging energy and motion.

We teach our students the correct way to protect themselves without resorting to aggressive defence techniques.


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Through a series of fun games, drills and exercises, our Kids Judo program will help your child develop:

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  • Throws and groundwork techniques and randori skills to prepare them for their gradings
  • The physical being through increased core and muscle strength, coordination and fine motor skills
  • Focus and attention - a lot of occupational therapists recommending Judo for children in the behavioural and developmental spectrum
  • Skills for helping to overcome pressure, remain calm and overcome fears that so often plague tweens in today’s society
  • Confidence, courage and self empowerment as they see how their perseverance and thinking skills enable them to outwit even the toughest opponent
  • Social etiquette, respect, fairness and justice which are themes that Judo represents

Our classes are specifically designed to suit the age and ability of our students. Our kids Judo program is split into Pre-schooler (3-4 years) Lil Lions (5-7 years) and Juniors (8-12 years).

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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!


John Windle

John Windle

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.

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Greg Hayden

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

Greg Hayden

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Kokoro Judo Coaching, Elizabeth Arcade 2nd Floor, 461 High Street, Penrith, NSW 2750
Phone: +61417388988

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