"Consider fully, act decisively"
On Monday, Wednesday and Fridays between 5 pm and 6 pm, the faithful gather at the dojo to partake in a circuit weight-training program. Some of the group have been attending these sessions for the past 8 years, and it is becoming more popular as time goes on; one does not have to be a member of Aberdeen Judo to take part.
The circuit is changed every month and a workout consists of three laps of the circuit (usually 12 - 14 stations to a circuit), with a 1 minute water/rest break between each lap. Equipment utilized includes dumbbells, flat/incline benches, Swiss Balls, BOSU balls, kettle bells, medicine balls, Bulgarian Bags and a cross-cable machine.
Aberdeen Judo Academy, opened in 1987, has produced 26 black belts. This is an achievement on its own, but more interesting is the fact that 9 of the 26 black belts produced are over 45 years of age!
Head Instructor John Huntley is very proud of their achievement, and doubly proud that the senior membership are what some would call ‘advanced age’ for taking up and training in judo.
Practice sessions are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings with juniors (8 - 12 year olds) going 6:00 - 7:00 pm, and seniors 7:05 - 8:30 pm. Extra training is held on Sunday morning for competitors wanting additional practice time.
Aberdeen Judo caters to the recreational as well as the competitive judo player. Mixed in with regular judo training are sessions on self defense and occasionally Arnis (Filipino stick fighting).
Judo practice cultivates a healthy life style, and many of the older judo players initially started with the idea of just getting in good physical condition.
Judo offers fitness, confidence and self defense, and regular practice sessions include the cultural aspect of the art. Tournament competition is encouraged for the younger members - both junior and senior, with the older members helping at tournaments assisting with coaching and other related activities.
For anyone looking for a fun, interesting way to get in shape, Aberdeen Judo is available to help individuals reach their goals. Prospective members may join at any time, and spectators are welcome at all practice sessions.
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