News From Adrian Pearman – Principal of Tora-Kai School Of Judo
How the year seems to race by.
It is now only a few more weeks before the Summer holidays.
Our School and Public Judo classes are flourishing with a steady stream of children and adults wanting to take up the sport.
Jean-Claude is busy training up the Spelthorne youth team for the Borough games; as from last year the competitors have to be newcomers to the sport.
David, Peter, Jonathan and Adrians classes are busy with the usual end of terms Gradings and Competitions, soon it will be time to see some of our pupils proudly wearing their new belts ;- a most rewarding sight for any Judo coach.” Adrian Pearman
We hold this special day for the benefit of our pupils (and if there is a profit, a local charity) it introduces them into the competitive side of this great sport of ours.
The Club Coaches spend many hours preparing for this competition both sorting out the categories and paperwork and actually setting up all the equipment required to host a day that involves over 150 children and 350 parents . This is with our proud boast that since the start of our gatherings we keep to time , with no category going over two and a half hours , indeed we finished an hour earlier than the expected time last Sunday.
It is a tribute to the Coaches and their willing band of helpers that they are able to manage to coordinate such a busy day.
It is now over forty years since we became the most popular Judo Club in the Country and I think we are still up with the top few judo clubs with nearly a thousand members.
My thanks must go to all the parents who gave up their time to ferry their children along to Xcel on this day , it was a pleasure to watch the mixed emotions on the parents faces , these feelings I remember so well when my own children used to compete.” Adrian Pearman
“We are looking forward to the Club Tournament
As I am now actually practising Judo again , after so many years of coaching children , I well remember the dull ache in your body after a class the night before !
However it is a positive pleasure to be on the mat again in Jean -Claude’s class.
This year our Club tournament is to be held in March , we usually hold the Competition in June but there are so many things on in that month our coaches have decided to try an alternative (for the first time in so many years my family may actually see me on fathers day ! ).
March 24th is the date when the pupils of the club meet up for the friendly competition. For some it will be a new experience, hopefully for all it will be an enjoyable day.
The Club Coaches have had many meetings and conversations with each other over the last year as to how to make this Competition our best ever.
I look forward to meeting many of you on the 24th.”Adrian Pearman
“Well its nearly the end of the year and its time to reflect on what the club has been involved in throughout the year.
As always we supported the Surrey Youth games this year with a new format : introducing our ‘new’ pupils to the competitive side of Judo.
We held our usual club competition in the main hall at the Xcel complex, Walton-on-Thames , a whole day of children competing against each other and hopefully remaining friends !
In all classes , throughout the year , competitions and gradings were held to continually allow the children to monitor their progress.
Our coaches are continually striving to maintain the excellent coaching standard they have achieved and they continually attend all the excellent necessary courses they require to coach Judo to children and adults.”Adrian Pearman
“ Can it be that we are less than 5 months away from our next Club Competition!
As a trial the coaches have decided that we should alter the date we hold our annual Club Competition ; it has been decided to hold our big showcase event in March next year. This is the event where over 200 boys , girls and young adults take part .
This Competition has been held for many years as an introductory experience for our many pupils , we usually run this event at the Xcel Leisure centre .
My good friend and ex pupil Bob has returned to continue his judo training with us , he has the ambition of entering the British Masters Competition next year and I intend to regularly up date how his training is going.
I wish him every success.”
“ After our successful Club Competition in July we are holding our usual coaches meeting.
This is to discuss the competition and see how we can improve the experience in the next Competition. Our meeting is planned for the 19th of October at the usual venue.
After 38 Competitions we are still trying to improve ‘ the day ‘ for children and parents.
A new competition check list has been devised and is in the process of being emailed to all coaches for their comments, hopefully this should help organise and assist .
Our senior section is flourishing and at the Xcel leisure centre there will be a theory grading for its members on Thursday 12th of October – 6 to 730 pm .”Adrian Pearman
Our coaches have now resumed all classes.
What with our warm and sunny summer it was indeed fortunate that we had a break July/August time.
This is traditionally the busiest time of the year for all classes as children move up a year and try out different sports.
A couple of date have been announced ; for the Surrey Youth games , they will be held over the weekend of the 15th/16th of June 2019.” Adrian Pearman
“Another successful year behind us – what a year!
Thanks to each of you, your dedication, support and hard work, we as a team have achieved amazing results. Thank you and well done.
What we’ve managed to achieve so far;
- Starting woman’s/girls Judo classes
- Increased interest and attendance in adult classes
- Training students to participate in various Competition events around the country
- Holding our annual 36th Judo Club Competition – great support and success all-round
- Training 3 borough’s for the Surrey Youth Games
- Designing our new website
- Continued Club growth and success
Looking forward to another year with even greater expectations.”Adrian Pearman
The Budokwai is the oldest Judo Club in Europe and has produced so many of our notable Judoka over the last 100 years.
Morgan was allowed to join in Paul Ajala’s class under the watchful eye of Tony Sweeny, ‘Mr Judo’ President of the Budokwai and 9th Dan.” Adrian Pearman