Learning to Fall the DOJO way

Janiqueel looks into a Judo centre in Kallang eager to introduce all comers to the excitement and discipline of the ‘gentle way’ martial art.

Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

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By promising a “High Performance” experience at The DOJO means that it focuses on the rigour and discipline that the Japanese art of ‘jujitsu’ embodies. To the uninitiated, judo looks like fighting, but it is so much more. Respect, enjoyment and fair play are the key concepts that the sport sets forth. For parents looking for a safe, challenging activity for their child, judo offers action aplenty, but it is action firmly grounded in the philosophy of confidence and esteem – for one’s self as well as for one’s mates.

Sensei Paula wearing judogi for Mr C

The Dojo outlet at Katong Shopping Centre and Potong Pasir offer an environment that supports learning and interaction with others. One of the first skills is the ability to fall safely and to throw others safely, as well. Training equipment like high-density mats and wall pads absorb impact when the participants land. Falling and throwing is an art form that demands self-confidence and regard for the opponent. What kid (or adult, for that matter) doesn’t like roughhousing and working out with friends and peers? It’s a natural urge in all of us – well, most of us, anyway. The art/sport of judo capitalises on that urge in a positive, nurturing atmosphere of mutual regard and nonaggressive good fun. 

If it sounds like a world that any child would enjoy and thrive in, IT IS! 

For a trial class, phone The DOJO Katong and set up a time slot. All you need is a big bottle of water and floppy clothes. In the first lesson expect to learn techniques of breaking falls safely and how to grip the opponent’s judogi (formal Japanese uniform available in all sizes at The DOJO). Then, expect to be drawn into a sport that is an art form that is a way of thinking and acting in harmony with the world.

Mr C and Sensei Paula

The DOJO lists some of the many benefits judo offers:

  • Getting fit and building strength​
  • Increasing flexibility and mobility
  • Teaching discipline and respect
  • Learning a new skill
  • Building new friendships
  • Increasing confidence and self-esteem
  • Learning in a supportive environment.

Thus the principle of Judo, from the very beginning, is not one of aggression, but of flowing with things.

Carl B. Becker

Research and writing help from JKJ.

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