THE last couple of months have been successful for the youngsters at The Parks Judo Club in North Shields.
The children, some as young as eight-years-old, have fought their way in competitions around the north east and north west of England, Scotland, London and Kent.
The two sensei, Duncan and Margaret Stewart, have nurtured the children during each competition, giving strength and guidance to each and every one of them so that they can achieve their best each time they fight.
The players have won a total of 24 bronze medals, eight silver and 23 gold.
The following children were credited for their fighting ability, commitment, discipline and achievements:
Red Belt: Oliver Croskery-Erichsen (eight years), two bronze, one silver; Liam Appleby (eight), bronze; Faye Anderson (eight), two bronze; Harley Wood (eight), bronze and gold; Hannah Gilder (eight), two gold; Shane Paolizzi (eight), bronze; Finlay Ferguson (nine), bronze and two gold; Thomas Gilder (nine), silver and gold; Lorna Price (nine), two bronze; Jenna Anderson (ten), two bronze; Steven Stonebanks (ten), bronze.
Yellow Belt: Adam Robinson (nine), silver and four gold; Ryan Haugh (nine), bronze and gold; Lydia Gerrard (nine): gold; Danielle Smith (12), gold; Rebecca Waite (12), two bronze and gold; Lewis Price (13), bronze.
Green Belt: William Ogle, bronze; Jack Hutchinson (13), bronze; Aubrey Williams, bronze.
Blue Belt: Natasha Fraser (14), two bronze and two gold.
Brown Belt: Rebecca Burnett (15), silver and four gold.
Judo is ideal for both males and females and all ages.
Confidence and self-esteem grow as a player makes their way through the ranks and the grading system ensures that the next goal is always realistic and achievable with effort.
Gradings also ensure that regardless of their skill level, all judo players can actively compete with players of similar ability and weight, and so they have a reasonable chance of emerging victorious.
Safety is controlled by the contest rules, which are constantly updated to exclude harmful actions – this allows judo to be practised in a spirited manner without undue risk of harm or injury.
Players are taught to fall safely. It is important to master the several methods of breakfalling, since this gives players the confidence to participate.
There are even benefits in being defeated as judo lays great emphasis on discipline and self-control.
A handshake almost always follows the traditional courteous rei (bow) at the end of a contest and the defeated player remains respectful of the winner.
The club trains Mondays and Fridays (ages five to 55) between 6.30pm and 8pm a the Parks Leisure Centre, Howdon Road, North Shields.
Wednesdays (age four to 13) between 6.15pm and 7.15pm, and Thursdays (senior squad members only) between 6.15pm and 7.30pm at Tyne Youth & Community Centre, Chirnside House, Mariners Lane, Tynemouth.
For more information see the club website www.parksjudoclub.co.uk or e-mail email@example.com