We're sorry, but this activity is over. The last meeting was Thursday, December 8, 2016.
Hajime! (Begin!) establishes a strong base of judo technique, culture, and character. Fun tumbling, jumping and running activities warm us up before we practice our ukemi or falling techniques. Hajime students learn to fall safely, effortlessly and without discomfort.
Judo allows a smaller person to control an opponent bigger and stronger than themselves. We learn to hold a person down with "kesa-gatame" (scarf hold) and we practice throws where our opponent can be flipped upside down - on Sensei.
Every class finishes with games that develop physical coordination, balance and laughter. We sing in Japanese about inspiration and bow to each other respectfully. Then we say "arigotoh" (thank you). Respect and discipline are as much a part of Hanabi as smiling.
About the instructor: Head Instructor Dan Augustine is a 6th degree black belt who was the 1984 National Champion and the alternate to the 1988 Olympic Games. He holds a MA in Educational Administration and has taught elementary school in New York, Tokyo and Oakland. He is a father of three and speaks fluent Japanese and Spanish.
He is also head instructor at Hanabi Judo in Albany, CA: www.hanabijudo.com; 510-530-8312.
Participants will need to purchase a uniform or have one of their own. The uniforms are $60 if purchased through Hanabi Judo.
Class does not meet November 24, 2016.
Piedmont Middle School Multipurpose Room at Piedmont Middle School
Piedmont Recreation Dept.