Some of the Highlanders took time out of the regular training schedule to attend a class at the fantastic Renshuden Judo club in Dunedin.
The session was very helpful and we will apply many of the techniques learnt to our Rugby.
*Here is some info about the fantastic club.*
Judo is an Olympic and Commonwealth sport that originated from a Japanese martial art. Judo uses throws and holds to defeat your opposition.
According to the American College of Sports Medicine, Judo is the safest contact sport for children under age 13 ...AND... According to the International Judo Federation (IJF), Judo is the most widely practiced martial art in the world.
Judo is an excellent competitive sport and form of self-defence. It is also ideal for those who would just like the fitness benefits, cross-train for other sports (e.g. rugby) and have a lot of fun.
The club fees are also much cheaper than a gym, and you get many personal trainers without the added expense!!
The Renshuden Judo School is the world's most Southern 'official' Judo club.
It was established in 1974 when Brian Cloynes 4th Dan and 3 times British Middleweight Judo champion, immigrated to Dunedin, New Zealand for a better life for his family.
The name Ren-Shu derived from the Japanese meaning "Practice", "Den" loosely taking the meaning of Club, Group or Gathering, hence we have Practice Club (Renshuden).
Word spread quickly about the 4th Dan champion from England taking Judo classes in Dunedin.
Many quickly joined the Renshuden for modern and Olympic Judo tuition.
Since those early days, Renshuden has produced many Champions and Black Belt Judoka, including Commonwealth & Olympic team members.
The club founder, Brian Cloyneshas himself progressed to the highest grade (to date) in New Zealand as 8th Dan and was the former National Coach and Technical Director for N.Z. Judo.
Renshuden is proud to be a genuine family club, that caters for people of all ages, shapes and sizes.
The club has an especially 'healthy' junior membership ranging from the little 'Kiwi Kids' who are typically 4yrs+, through to teenagers who are competing regularly in national competitions.
It is not uncommon for parents to become so enthused that they decide to give Judo a try themselves.
They welcome everyone on the mat and have a great bunch of senior members.
To find out more, including training times, contact the Club President, Peter Gale, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 021 608 107.
You can also find them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Renshuden