News From Adrian Pearman – Principal of Tora-Kai School Of Judo

News From Adrian Pearman -  Head Coach At Tora-Kai School Of Judo

July Update

Slowly we are hearing more reassuring news about Judo classes returning to normal.
I have just been contacted by a School I coach Judo at, to ask me to return to teaching early September, hopefully this will go ahead. As to what precautions etc that will be in place, I have not been informed.

I now look forward to returning to coaching the sport of Judo and hopefully seeing all my pupils and friends again in September.

Keep Safe.

Adrian Pearman

Principal and Head Coach - Tora-Kai School Of Judo, 26th June 2020

May Update

We are in the month of May, I like everybody else have had over 50 days of isolation and apart from 7 visits to the shops and a dog walk every morning I have stayed in and to somebody that has had over 30 Judo classes a week teaching 500 children, it is totally different to anything I have ever experienced. However, I am aware and humbled by the fortitude of my neighbours and of those less fortunate than myself. This is truly a new experience for us all.

Judo classes will resume as and when we are officially told that it is safe to continue.

I ask all Tora-Kai’s parents and pupils to be patient. Hopefully, classes will resume soon.

Adrian Pearman

Principal and Head Coach - Tora-Kai School Of Judo, 14th May 2020

2020 Club Competition

We did it ! Our usual Club Competition went off without a ‘hitch’, the sixty competitors and a hundred and fifty parents etc, all seemed to enjoy the day and it was a pleasure to see the happy smiling faces leave the Xcel centre after some close fought contests.
We were fortunate enough to hold the Competition just before the virus ‘lock down’.

All our classes are now suspended until we are officially advised it is safe to restart them.

I am in good health and involved in self isolating, I do find it so strange, yet important, the suggested two metre separation on going shopping, still we all seem to be managing very well.

Lets hope we can beat this virus quickly !

Adrian Pearman

Principal and Head Coach - Tora-Kai School Of Judo, 28th March 2020

Classes Postponed Until Further Notice

Dear Parent/s, Guardians and Students,

Further to my email yesterday, to inform you that from tomorrow with advice from Public Health England and the Government, Tora-Kai School of Judo will postpone their classes until further notice. Whilst this is a disappointing decision, I’m sure it is one that is unsurprising given the current situation locally, nationally and worldwide.

I will contact you again as soon as we have more information when the classes can restart.

Would like to take this opportunity, to thank you for all your support, please stay positive and patient.

Kindest regards

Adrian Pearman

Principal and Head Coach - Tora-Kai School Of Judo, 25th March 2020

Tora-Kai Club Championships 2020

“Just a few more days before our big event of the year — the Tora-Kai Club Championships, Sunday 15th March, to be held at the Xcel Leisure Centre, Walton-on-Thames.

Our 39th annual Competition at Xcel, it will be smaller this year taking up just half of the main hall, but this allows us plenty of room for all the visiting Parents, Spectators and Competitors.

It is rewarding to note that once again there is an increase in the number of girls taking part.

On Saturday evening,the 14th, our wiiling band of helpers will be assisting the Leisure Centre staff in laying out the mats and generally ensuring all is ready for the Competition on the Sunday.

Parents please make sure you have a revised Competition time sheet with details of when your son or daughter will be involved.

May I finish by wishing all the Competitors and their Parents a most enjoyable and inspiring day.”

Adrian Pearman

Principal and Head Coach - Tora-Kai School Of Judo, December 2019

Season’s Greetings & Holiday Period

“Christmas is just a few weeks away !

Most Tora-Kai Judo classes continue to operate until the second or third week in December and then close for the holiday period until the second week of January (please check with your children’s coach as to the exact dates ).

On hearing the predicted weather forecast we could be having a white Christmas this year!

On behalf of the coaches and myself may I wish all the children and adults who have Judo classes with Tora-Kai a lovely Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.” Adrian Pearman

Principal and Head Coach - Tora-Kai School Of Judo, December 2019

Half term is coming , Its hard to believe that Christmas is only a few months away.

Our Judo classes are flourishing and personally I am planning to promote some children from my classes to slightly more challenging groups where they will be able to continue their progress whilst enjoying their Judo.

Gradings and a competition will be held the second part of this Autumn term.

JC and I are in the process of our annual meeting with the Walton Xcel Centre Manager to prepare for next Club Competition, which will be held early next year.(more details will be sent out soon )

Now we now have a young adults/Senior class again I invite all my ex pupils and any person who is interested to contact me for a free trial in the sport of Judo .” Adrian Pearman

Principal and Head Coach - Tora-Kai School Of Judo, October 2019

Half term is coming , Its hard to believe that Christmas is only a few months away.

Our Judo classes are flourishing and personally I am planning to promote some children from my classes to slightly more challenging groups where they will be able to continue their progress whilst enjoying their Judo.

Gradings and a competition will be held the second part of this Autumn term.

JC and I are in the process of our annual meeting with the Walton Xcel Centre Manager to prepare for next Club Competition, which will be held early next year.(more details will be sent out soon )

Now we now have a young adults/Senior class again I invite all my ex pupils and any person who is interested to contact me for a free trial in the sport of Judo .” Adrian Pearman

Principal and Head Coach - Tora-Kai School Of Judo, October 2019

Our School and Public Judo classes are flourishing

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

Principal and Head Coach - Tora-Kai School Of Judo, June 2019

Another Competition successfully completed , this being the 38th consecutive annual competition at Xcel leisure Centre.

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

Principal and Head Coach - Tora-Kai School Of Judo, April 2019

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

Principal and Head Coach - Tora-Kai School Of Judo, March 2019

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

Principal and Head Coach - Tora-Kai School Of Judo, 28th November 2018

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.”

Adrian Pearman

Principal and Head Coach - Tora-Kai School Of Judo, 29th October 2018

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

Principal and Head Coach - Tora-Kai School Of Judo, 6th October 2018

Welcome back to all our pupils in our Schools and Leisure Centres.

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

Principal and Head Coach - Tora-Kai School Of Judo, September 2018

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

Principal and Head Coach - Tora-Kai School Of Judo, July 2018

“Morgan Class-Kirtley travelled up to the Budokwai on Sunday the 11th February 2018.
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

Principal and Head Coach - Tora-Kai School Of Judo, March 2018

The holiday seems to be flying by and it will be back to Judo classes soon .

The coaches are preparing for another busy term ahead with a new influx of beginners especially in the Schools and some new classes are being opened in our Leisure Centres to cater for the demand .

I hope all our pupils are looking forward to another term of Judo practice and friendly competition.” Adrian Pearman

Principal and Head Coach - Tora-Kai School Of Judo, August 2019

Our School and Public Judo classes are flourishing

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

Principal and Head Coach - Tora-Kai School Of Judo, June 2019

Another Competition successfully completed , this being the 38th consecutive annual competition at Xcel leisure Centre.

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

Principal and Head Coach - Tora-Kai School Of Judo, April 2019

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

Principal and Head Coach - Tora-Kai School Of Judo, March 2019

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

Principal and Head Coach - Tora-Kai School Of Judo, 28th November 2018

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.”

Adrian Pearman

Principal and Head Coach - Tora-Kai School Of Judo, 29th October 2018

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

Principal and Head Coach - Tora-Kai School Of Judo, 6th October 2018

Welcome back to all our pupils in our Schools and Leisure Centres.

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

Principal and Head Coach - Tora-Kai School Of Judo, September 2018

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

Principal and Head Coach - Tora-Kai School Of Judo, July 2018

“Morgan Class-Kirtley travelled up to the Budokwai on Sunday the 11th February 2018.
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

Principal and Head Coach - Tora-Kai School Of Judo, March 2018