About Tora-Kai School Of Judo
|Tora-Kai Judo Club was formed in
the early 70ís from the amalgamation
of three judo clubs. They all had
different names so a Japanese
professor was asked to help suggest
a name and Tora-Kai was chosen. Tora
means tiger and in Japanese writing
it actually looks like a tigerís
tail and Kai means club.
|Tora-Kai Judo Club meets to
provide an opportunity for
youngsters, between the ages of five
and fifteen years & over to learn the art
|The aim of the club is to
promote judo in as safe an
environment as possible. Children
are not pushed to the limits of
their ability in order to produce
Olympic Champions, but are
encouraged in the art of Judo in a
friendly and fun environment.
|The Judo club is not just about
learning self-defence, it is also
about directing energy into
something creative and constructive,
building up self-confidence,
co-ordination and learning to work
with a partner or as part of a team.
|What We Do
|Lessons always start with
warm-up exercises, which end with
the essential practise of rolling
break falls which are done in
various forms. This is then followed
by learning new techniques of holds
and throws, both in theory and in
practice they will also incorporate
what has been learned in past
The children will then
participate in a supervised game and
at the end of each lesson there is
always an opportunity for them to
ask any questions they may have, be
it on the history of judo,
forthcoming events or queries
regarding the lesson they have just
Competitions & Recognition of
|At the end of
each term, a grading takes place
over a two-week period. The children
are tested on the theory and
practical side of judo giving them
the opportunity to progress to a
higher level. The judo school
records the results and all students
will receive a certificate showing
the level that has been achieved,
giving parents the opportunity to
see how their child is progressing.
A new judo belt will also be given
if their belt colour has changed.
The following week after a grading,
an inter-class competition is held.
This gives children of similar age
and ability the chance to compete
against each other, opposing their
individual skills, but all united in
the spirit of judo.
|In addition to our Judo Clubs,
private lessons can be arranged.
Contact us on 07717625273.
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delighted to be working with
Elmbridge Borough Council to provide
inclusive judo classes for children
with a broad range of additional
these sessions on a monthly basis at
Excel Leisure Centre in Walton and
the response from the children and
their carers participating in these
sessions has been fantastic.
|We are also working
with Cleves and Walton Oak school
for inclusive judo sessions. These
were launched in May 2011 with the
Mayor of Elmbridge and Councillor
Jan Fuller in attendance.