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Young people get a taste of Zen Judo


Pic: Iona (10) throws Matthew during the Zen Judo taster day
Iona (10) throws Matthew during the Zen Judo taster day
Young people from around East Hampshire were treated to a taste of Zen Judo at Horndean Technology College on Thursday (16 February).

The session run by Horndean Zen Judo Club was part of the Get Activ8d scheme from East Hampshire District Council, which gives young people opportunities to try out new sports during school holidays.

The 13 new judoka were taught the basics of how to fall safely, how to throw someone and how to pin them to the mat (groundholds). They also had a chance to demonstrate what they had learned to the parents watching with a session of randori (free practise).

The session ended with an impressive demonstration of judo skills from club members Matthew (black belt 1st Dan) and Chris (brown belt).

Sensei of the club, Tracy Collins (5th Dan) said: "It was great to see so many people on the mat enjoying themselves. If the session has sparked an enthusiasm for judo in just one of them, Im really pleased.

Horndean Zen Judo Club runs sessions in the gym at Horndean Technology College on Thursdays from 6.30pm to 8pm during school term time. Sessions are £4 and the first lesson is free.
There are also clubs in Bognor and Petersfield. For more information go to

To find out more about Get Activ8d, go to