THE JUDO ACADEMY - 'Technique over Strength'

NI Schools C'ships 2018

10 players for The Judo Academy represented their individual Schools at the Ni Schools Championships at the Foyle Arena yesterday.  A fantastic day for everyone culminated in 6 Gold medals and Ni Champions, along with 4 Silver medals and some outstanding performances from the boys and girls.
The newest addition to the team was 9 year old Imogen Armstrong, (sister of the  mighty Quinn!) who won 2 out of 3 matches to secure a silver medal for Meadow Bridge.  Aiden Kerr followed up with 2 out of 3 for a Gold medal and a greatly improved display for St. Oliver Plunkett.
Odhran McDonagh and Eoin O'Neill fought it out for Gold and Silver respectively for Ballymacrickett and St. Joseph's. 
Aodhan McGivern, at 9 years old won his first and lost his next on a  very close decision to win a silver for Ballymacrickett.  Quinn and Jay both achieved another Ni Schools title each for Meadow Bridge, with Jay being awarded 'throw of the day' for his spectacular Ogoshi.
Secondary prizes went to Conall McGivern from De La Salle with another Gold, Adam O'Neill from RBAI achieved his first Gold medal and Jonah Cartland from Rathmore a Silver and great performance.
These results should inspire confidence in themselves to push on and achieve yet more accolades in the future.

Well done Guys!

Abbey Open 2018

15 players from The Judo Academy competed in the Abbey Open C'Ships in Glengormley at the weekend.  8 Gold medals, 3 Silver and 5 bronze.  (2 gold medals for Conall).

Let the pictures tell the tale...

All Ireland Schools Finals 2018

The Judo Academy have achieved their first All Ireland Champion.  Following from success at the NI Championships for the last two years, Quinn Armstrong from Meadow Bridge PS, Hillsborough achieved a Gold medal in his category crowning him All Ireland Schools Judo Champion 2018.  A fantastic achievement!
Quinn was joined with Odhran McDonagh with a well earned silver medal, Conall McGivern bronze and a fine performance for 9 year old brother Aodhan McGivern, who will have 3 more years in this age category.  The matches in Dublin were extremely tough and gruelling, but the boys agreed that it was all worth while and cannot wait for the next one!

Peace IV
‘Understanding Cultures Through Sport’

The Judo Academy is delighted to be taking part in the 'Understanding Cultures Through Sport Programme'; in partnership with Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Peace Northern Ireland- Ireland European Regional Development Fund and delivered through Copius Consulting Group and The Judo Academy.

The first taster session for the programme is on Sunday 22nd April at Lisburn Racquets Club.  11.00am-1.45pm.  There is No cost for this programme.

This is to be followed by 6 Activity Sessions each Sunday thereafter at the same time and same venue.

Sunday 29 April                     12.15 -1.45pm

Sunday 6 May                        12.15 -1.45pm

Sunday 13 May                      12.15 -1.45pm

Sunday 20 May                      12.15 -1.45pm

Sunday 27 May                      12.15 -1.45pm

Sunday 3 June                       12.15 -1.45pm

 Session topics will include;

1.     Introduction to etiquette and values of Judo

2.     Learning to fall and working in a partnership

3.     Principles of Judo techniques

4.     Basic Throwing and Holding techniques

5.     Fitness and conditioning for Judo

6.     Judo for Self Defence

7.     Contest and match Regulations

Should anyone be interested in these sessions, please contact us on 07729520334 or email

Looking forward to inviting new people to get together and try our sport!




Spring Festival a Huge Success

Over 120 children and 30 volunteers put on a phenomenal display at the annual Spring Festival on Lisburn. 

It started with a fantastic display of self defence for women and girls by Grace McCluskey, coordinated by Robert, Patrick and Jozsef.  

We had a visit from our friends at Spartan Judo Club in Portadown and their members had a fantastic first event experience.

Sean Fleming, president of Irish Judo attended and commented on the organisation and set up of the event.

We had numerous messages of congratulations on the day.  Feedback was again first class.

Pictures and videos on our Twitter feed @thejudoacademy.

General Data Protection Regulations

For the introduction of GDPR, we are required to have a 'PRIVACY NOTICE' in place to allow members to know what information we hold, why we hold it, how we use it and who has access to the information. 
The Judo Academy have began putting the policy in place to ensure we are abiding by the GDPR principles.  The start of this process is included in the privacy statement below.

St. Dominic's Judo Academy for Women & Girls

New judo club for Women & Girls Only will begin on Thursday 19th April 2018.  This project is kindly supported by Irish Judo, Sport Ireland, St. Dominic's Grammar School and The Judo Academy.

If you wish to take part in this class, please print off the leaflet below and return to St. Dominic's PE Department ASAP!

New Judo Academy for ‘Women & Girls’

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that The Judo Academy has agreed a partnership with the Irish Judo Association to develop a ‘Women & Girls Only’ Judo Academy based in St. Dominic’s School for Girls in Belfast.

This is the result of a 6-week pilot project, initiated on a voluntary basis by The Judo Academy, followed up by a joint venture between The Judo Academy and Belfast City Council to promote the physical, emotional and educational benefits of judo as a sport.

Because of the successful and varied promotion and advertising on social media, the Irish Judo Association, the governing body for judo in Ireland have agreed to support the development of the project; and lead the way for a ‘Women & Girls Only’ Judo Club in Ulster.

Support in the form of essential equipment, judo suits for the participants, contribution to initial setup, advertising and promotion of the club through its website, social media and governing body platform, are driving the campaign.
In the future, it is hoped to repeat the success of this project in other areas and develop our sport in this demographic.

The first session is on Thursday 19 April 2018 at 6.00pm.

Judo Academy Spring Festival

Please print and return entry form Below asap.

Only 120 places available and on past experience, they are booked very quickly.  Read the entry form and let us know if you wish to attend. 

Medals are purchased, venue is booked!

We have one supporter in PEI Surgical and are inviting other potential supporters/sponsors to contact us.

All donations will go towards providing a fantastic judo experience at the festival and help manage, administer and develop the judo club. 

Volunteer Programme 2018

Inaugural Ulster Academy

Ulster Academy Judo Squad Session

Lisburn Racquets Club, 36 Belfast Road, Lisburn, BT27 4AS

Session 1 - Sunday 25 February

Session 2 – Sunday 11 March

11.00am -2.00pm

Cost is £5 per person (£10 per family)

Lead Coach -  Stephen McCluskey

All IJA/NIJF players and coaches are welcome to attend.

Minors, Pre-Cadets and Cadets, 11-16years (or by coach recommendation)

Those on current Talent Programmes are NOT required to attend but are welcome.

Session will include introduction to S&C, Technical instruction and an opportunity for structured ‘randori’.


11.00am         S&C session led by Mary Hunter/Jason Lear - focus on Functional Movement System for Judo

12.15pm         Technical Session led by Stephen McCluskey & Ulster Squad Coaching Team

Attendees will need to have indoor training gear and trainers, judo suit, snack/break and plenty of water.            

Consistent Success at NI C'ships 2018

For the second year in a row, Jay McCord, Quinn Armstrong and Conal McGivern have achieved Gold Medals and NI Championship status at the event in the Foyle Arena last week.  All three came out on top of their respective categories with strong wins; despite having to wait for 4 hours to compete.
Aidan Kerr achieved a credible bronze medal winning 4 of 7 matches. Three competitors from a group of 4 had equal wins and equal points in the preliminary round, forcing a 'fight off' to determine which made the semi final.  After 6 gruelling matches, Aidan was defeated in the semi final to leave him with bronze.
Both Aidan McGivern and Reuben Lightfoot performed admirably and showed great maturity in their very difficult categories.


Judo Academy Lead Coach named Ulster Academy lead Coach

Press Release sent on behalf of Mr Seán Fleming, President Irish Judo Association

Danny Roche and JT Deenihan will lead Munster and Stephen McCluskey will lead Ulster in their respective Provincial Academies. These academies will be organised by the Provincial Councils under the guidance of the IJA Board. The aim of these academies is to provide players with pathway and opportunities.

Connaught have decided that they will not have one lead coach, but the coach of the club the Provincial Academy is at on any particular session will lead the session. Leinster have yet to make a decision on the route they are to follow.

Each of the Provincial Councils will provide their players the same agreed opportunity as all the other players throughout the country.

The Provincial Academies will only succeed if they are supported by the players and coaches throughout the country. It is hoped that they will provide learning opportunities for our players and also the opportunity for our association to come together in an effort to bring about a raising of standards in all areas of our sport.

More details will be released soon at the Official Launch of the scheme….

Judo Academy achieves 'Clubmark' approval again!

The Judo Academy have had 'Clubmark' since 2012, however, clubs have to be reviewed every year and reassessed every three years to ensure they maintain standards.  It has been confirmed that as from 16th January that The Judo Academy achieved 'Clubmark' status for the next three years.

'Clubmark' is a SportNi and local government accreditation based on five areas:

Effective Club Management
Community Engagement
Quality Coaching & Competition
Creating a Safe Environment
Safeguarding members

The Judo Academy have met all governing body, SportNi and Local Council criteria for good club practice.
We wish to thanl all our Parents and Players for their support.

Congratulations everyone!

All IRELAND'S 2017

Saturday 9th December saw The Judo Academy team compete for the first time at an All Ireland C'Ship in the National Indoor Arena in Dublin.  The 3 person team achieved a bronze medal, a 5th place and a great experience for Jonah.  Quinn Armstrong had 2 wins to make it out of his group to the semifinal.  He was well ahead in the match and just got caught in  a pin in the closing seconds.  A great performance from Quinn.  Conall lost his first match to the eventual winner, although he was ahead on the scoreboard for a long period of the match.  He followed up with 2 wins to make it to the bronze medal match, but it was not to be.  Conall gave everything to his first 3 matches, but had nothing more to give. 
What a venue... What an experience....that's where we wanna be.....

NW OPEN 2017

A team of 8 Judo Academy players made the trip to the NW Open C'ships at the weekend. They achieved a magnificent haul of 3 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze medals.  Star players were Quinn, Conall and Jonah.  Fine displays by Aodhan, Reuben and Lucia, with first timers Eamon and Canice giving it all they had on the day.  The coaching team of Stephen and Zane were very proud to see the boys and girls trying the skills based on the theme for this term.  The philosophy is that the performance and development is more important than the result.  It was even more pleasing that the coaching team back at home continued with the Super Sunday classes while the competition team were travelling.  
Many thanks for the warm welcome from The Western Region Judo Clubs. 
It was a fantastic day for us all.

Well Done to everyone involved!


After extensive and long-term negotiations, it is with great anticipation that we can announce that The Judo Academy has agreed a partnership with the Irish Judo Association.

For many years, The Judo Academy have been involved with cross border coaching initiatives and we aim to grow this partnership through club exchange visits, coach education, sharing of ideas, coach ‘brainstorming’, inter club and inter provincial coaching and competition.

This initiative will help provide members and associates with a European partner and a direct pathway to Ulster, NI, Ireland and GB squad systems.

The Judo Academy believe this is a significant and progressive development opportunity and wish to recognise Mr. Sean Fleming, the Irish Judo Association and The Judo Academy committee for having the foresight to ‘move forward together’ in judo to deliver this initiative.

This latest development has been a result of 10 years of rigorous and relentless promotion of Judo by The Judo Academy team.


Trinity Academy -  Tuesday 7th November 2017 - 6.00-7.15pm
Lagan Valley Academy - Wednesday 15th November 2017 - 5.00-6.00pm
Ballymacrickett Academy - Saturday 25th November - 10.00am-12.00pm
Lagan Valley Academy - Sunday 26th November 2017 -12.15-1.45pm

After Schools  
Park Lodge Academy - 20th November 2017
Meadow Bridge Academy - 22nd November 2017
St. Bernard's Academy - 23rd November 2017
Ballymacrickett Academy - 24th November 2017

You will need an up to date full license, £10 grading administration fee and normal class/mat fee.
Grading and license/insurance fees are paid to the NIJF.  

Grading will take place during normal class times.  The children will be assessed by the coaches on skills, understanding, technique, terminology and etiquette.  All these are included in the grading syllabus below.  Children follow the MON syllabus and adults the KYU syllabus, although both are very similar.


Another great day for The Judo Academy at The NI schools Championships at the weekend.  8 players travelled to the event and achieved a magnificent 4 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze medals representing their schools.  Aodhan McGivern won a gold in his first NI Schools event; at 8 years old, there is so much promise from this young lad.  Big brother Conall, not to be outdone, also took gold with a fine display of attacking judo.  Odhran McDonagh rounded off a great day for the family(cousins) with a silver medal.  Jay McCord represented Meadow Bridge PS with applaume.  Following up on his success in the recent NI champ's, Jay achieved a fantastic silver medal in his new weight category. In the secondary schools Ewan Murray enjoyed a bronze medal in his first event at this level for a while. Aoife Campbell also achieved a bronze and exorcised some demons from the previous event. Magnificent gold medal's for Jonah and Peter, making them double winners, NI Schools and NI Champions for 2017.  Very proud of them all. #hardworkdedicationcommitment

Summer Camps 2017

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NI Championships 2017

11 players from The Judo Academy entered the full NI Championship's for the first time yesterday.  All players performed outstandingly well.  The team achieved 7 gold medals, 3 silver medals and 2 bronze medals.  In winning the medals, the team displayed fine judo skills, excellent technique and commitment and focus on their task.  All clubs in NI were represented well and the day was a great success for both organisers and players.  The hard work and dedication certainly paid off yesterday.
We will always remember that this needs to continue to remain successful and indeed improve our skills and competitive techniques and drills for the next outing.
Many thanks to the coaches that travelled, parents and background team for the encouragement and support.  Big winners were Carl, Peter, Jonah, Conall, Jay and Quinn, outstanding courage to Aodhan with 8 scraps in one day, Aiden for the longest golden score contest and Jack for the near miss.  Christopher won 1 and lost 2 in a drawn out slug fest.  Unfortunately, Aoife was very poorly in the run up to the event and had to withdraw after a courageous attempt to battle through illness.

Well Done to all involved!

Spring Festival Entry form

100 places available, first come first served.  Get your entry in asap!

Volunteer recruitment Drive

A group of 20 teenagers and adults ranging from 15-55years took part in The Judo Academy ‘Volunteer training’ initiative. 
This was the first session to get people involved, some that had not exercised in a while, had not exercised at all, or simply wanted to have a go at learning some leading edge training methods and techniques for their own age and ability level.
Each participant had the opportunity to experience five different styles of exercise based sessions including;

Warm Up, Stretching and Movement drills
Flexibility development
Grip and Arm Strength
Core strength and development 
Fitness testing protocols

The idea was to allow people to get to know each other and feel comfortable within the group, and contribute sometime in the next year to help develop the volunteer base in our club.

The next initiative is to build on this success and invite the same group to attend Safeguarding, First Aid, DBS and Disability Inclusion training as part of their volunteering roles in the club.

NW Open 2016

Superb results at the 50th anniversary NW Open this weekend!  Aiden Kerr, 4 contests/4 wins, Odhran McDonagh 4 contests/3 wins, Conall McGivern 3 contests/3wins and Peter Cassidy, 2/2.

Many congratulations to Brian Cassidy, bronze medal in the NW Open Upper Kyu section, as well as a valuable 20 points towards his 1st Dan Black belt!!!

Well Done everyone!

New Class starting

We can now offer:
2 judo classes per week for all age categories.
Strength & Conditioning provision on 2 days per week.
1/1 personal judo coaching.
After Schools Clubs
And much more....

Open Day Report

Approximately 80 people took part in The Judo Academy ‘Parent & Family Get Active’ initiative.  The ages ranged from 6 years to 55 years old, catering for boys, girls, teenagers; as well as men and women over 30 years of age....and more!
Each participant had the opportunity to experience four different styles of exercise based strength and conditioning sessions including;
Movement patterns for sport
Bodyweight training
Speed, Agility and Quickness drills
Core strength and Power training
Group Fitness circuit
The participants were also invited to try out their first judo session as part of the day’s activities.  Mums and dad’s accompanied their children on to the mat and had first-hand experience on how well their children are working and the valuable ‘skills for life’ they are learning.
A local football team, Glentoran (Under 20’s), enjoyed a full day of Strength training and took part in two separate judo sessions to highlight the diverse nature and benefits of judo training for all sports.
‘Fit Fodder’, a local health food supplier attended and supplied food samples for everyone to try, to encourage healthy eating options and to offer advice on nutrition and alternative eating plans. 
The event was extremely successful and feedback was fantastic in all aspects; judo classes for all, fitness sessions and general ethos of the event.
The Judo Academy has already signed up 17 people to take in the Judo Academy’s ‘Kickstart conditioning program’.  The programme has now been widened to take younger participants and teenagers that feel they would benefit from taking part.
This is a 10 week general Health and Fitness program, in a fun and friendly group session, but with programmes tailored to meet the needs of each participant.  The aim is to increase general health and well- being by targeting their specific fitness needs, increase self-confidence, become involved in group activities and learn from professional fitness coaches.
It is anticipated that this programme will progress in 10 week cycles and evolve on an individual basis.  We hope that more people will see the benefits and commit to the weekly sessions in the future. 
As well as providing a fantastic opportunity for physical health and fitness, we have also gained a number of new volunteers that would like to be involved in The Judo Academy.  The family atmosphere and camaraderie was superb at the event. Our next mission is to increase our volunteer base and put the necessary courses and governance in place for new volunteers to become involved.
Many thanks to Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council for supporting us in the event.
Special thanks to Lisburn Racquets Club, Lear Training, SCRAM Centre, Fit Fodder and all of course all Judo Academy volunteers, Coaches and participants.

Strength & Conditioning Open Day

To launch our new S&C programme, we are holding an Open Day on Sunday 25th September from 10am-3pm in Lisburn Racquets Club.  You will get the opportunity to try the range of services provided by Lear Training and SCRAM centre, based at the club.  The Open day will be followed by the first 10 week block of training from 2nd October. 

Information from Flyer below!

Lisburn Summer Camp 2016

The inaugural Lagan Valley Summer Camp took place from 8-12 August in Lisburn Racquets Club.  35 children from 5-14 years participated in the multi sports scheme that encourage the children to try a range of activities including badminton, basketball, wrestling and judo. 
They were coached by Jim Toland (6th Dan), Zane Lightfoot (5th Dan), Lisa Bradley (4th Dan) and were accompanied by club coaches Stephen, Anne Marie, Brian and Grace.  The teenagers in the camp deserve particular acclaim for their efforts in loking after the younger children and making a fully inclusive event for everyone. 
Again, the camp included loads of fun, games and exercises, arts and crafts and a great helping of Face Painting each day.  The final day ended with a 'pizza party' and awards day. 

Well done kids!

Glenavy Summer Camp 2016

45 children took part in The Judo Academy's Glenavy summer Camp this week.  They were coached by Jim Toland (6th Dan), Zane Lightfoot (5th Dan), Lisa Bradley (4th Dan) and were accompanied by club coaches Stephen, Anne Marie and Grace.  
The children had the opportunity to be introduced to the sport of Olympic Wrestling, gymnastics for judo, special newaza and  Nage No Kata, the traditional form of judo.   The children also got filmed as part of the UTV reporting on the Rio Olympic Games.  
All this along with fun, games and exercises, arts and crafts and a great helping of Face Painting each day.  The final day ended with  'pizza party' an awards day. 
A great success!

Galway International Summer Camp

For the 4th year in a row, Judo Ireland chose coaches from The Judo Academy to be part of their International Judo Camp in Galway.  Stephen, Anne Marie and Grace spent the week in Galway, coaching with over 70 children, teenagers and adults.  Judo Ireland's hospitality was again fantastic  and we were certainly privileged to be part of their plans this year. 
Other guest coaches included Richard De Bijl (8th Dan) and Sebastiaan Fransen (5th Dan) from Rotterdam in The Netherlands.  Richard is the Coach education Commissioner for Dutch Judo and it was a pleasure to share the mats with such a high ranking judoka.  It was also interesting to note that during discussions in the week, that the philosophy, ethos and direction of The Judo Academy was in line with that of The Netherlands, a well recognised European judo leader.
During the week, we also had the opportunity of meeting and dining with Mr. Pat Hickey (President of the International Olympic Association).  Himself, a keen judoka for over 40 years, we discussed the success of The Judo Academy in N.Ireland and he was amazed, but not surprised, at the level of development in a short time. 
We also met Mr. Sean Fleming (President of The Irish Judo Association) who was also in Galway to meet with Judo Ireland officials to promote friendship and unity for judo across Ireland.  
Many thanks to John and Bridie Creaven, Brendan, Brian and Derek Conway for allowing us to contribute to judo development in the West of Ireland.

The Judo Academy Guidelines for Visually Impaired Judoka

2 Gold and Bronze at the NI Schools

At this late stage of the season, The Judo Academy attended the NI Schools Championships with a small team of three players.  Quality shone through over quantity and we achieved 2 gold and 1 bronze medal.
Top of the pile was Aoife Campbell with 2 wins to secure first place.  Aoife trains with the Judo Academy 3 times every week, without fail.  Supported during the 'fit for judo' class by her mother Anne Marie and encouraged by father Jim, himself a Commonwealth representative in Athletics. Certainly, the time spent has been well worth it; with her first Ni Gold medal representing Rathmore Grammar School, Belfast.
Peter Cassidy achieved a NI Schools gold medal representing De LaSalle, Belfast.  Again, Peter trains with The Judo Academy 3 times a week, without fail.  Keenly supported by father Brian, also a Level 1 judo coach at the club, the hard work certainly has paid off.  Peter was up against his training partner and friend Rodney Craig.  It is never easy when this happens.  Well done to both.

Finally, Aidan Kerr, stepped up to the mark to represent St. Clare's PS, Belfast and achieved a hard fought bronze medal.  This could have been silver, but not to be today.  Keep up the good work Aidan, it is the first stage of judo development for you.  Again, Aidan is supported by proud father Davy, a member of the club coaching team.  Enjoy the summer folks!

Onward and Upward!

Fine displays at Abbey Open 2016

 It was a great day for The Judo Academy at the Abbey Open.  5 children entered, 2 achieved Gold medals, 1 Silver and 2 bronze medals.  Conal and Peter were outstanding in their categories, while Jay, Quinn and Reuben equipped themselves with a tremendous experience in their events.
Aodh, Brian and Donna entered the adults section and gained valuable learning from the experience. Many thanks to coaches Danny, Zane and Brian for their help on the day. 


Bronze for Peter at British School's Champ's

A super result for both Peter Cassidy and The Judo Academy team at the British School's Judo C'ships in Sheffield today.  
Representing De La Salle College, Belfast, Peter won 3 contests and lost 1 to gain a hard earned bronze medal.  
This was Peter's first venture across to England to compete.  There were over 750 boys and girls from across Great Britain competing over two days at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. Peter's category was Year 8 and 9 , under 60kgs, and had 18 competitors.
Peter's proud father Brian accompanied him to the event and is rightfully delighted with the result.
It is hoped that Peter can continue his development this year and show the skills to succeed in this 'sport of sports'.
Many thanks to the coaching team of Anne Marie, Danny, Zane, Davy, Patrick, Robert and Brian that encourage Peter along the way.
Also, thanks to Kevin Hillick of Springfield Autos who kindly sponsored Peter's travel and accommodation expenses for the trip.

Well done Peter!

Silver for Peter at the Irish Open

Peter Cassidy continued his good form with a silver medal at the Irish Open in Dublin at the weekend.  Peter narrowly missed out on the gold medal after two major 'ippon' throws were ruled out, one on the 'matte' (break) and one on 'Sore made' (end of contest).
Peter looked head and shoulders above his competitors, very confident, technically gifted, strong and athletic.  Coach Danny accompanied peter to the event.  Next for Peter is the British Schools Championships in Sheffield and NI Open, both in April.
Many thanks to all the boys, girls, coaches (special mention to  Zane Lightfoot), parents and support team that have contributed to the success. Without all round support, these achievements cannot be sustained.


Judo Academy Spring Festival 2016

Get your place booked asap!

100 places only, No entry without form

Price List & Statutory Fees for 2016

Please find below Judo Academy/ NIJF pricing policies for 2016;

First All Ireland Medal for The Judo Academy

Another landmark occasion for The Judo, Peter Cassidy entered his first All Ireland C'Ships in Belfast.  A big step up for Peter, he won 3 out of 4 contests to claim a well deserved bronze medal.  Only defeated by the eventual winner from Omagh Judo Club, this is the latest in the personal development of Peter as an individual, and The Judo Academy as a thriving and competitive judo club.  Many thanks to Danny for taking the time to coach him on his big day.



NI Area Schools Championships - Sunday 10th January 2016

The NI Schools event is to be held on the above date in Lisburn Leisure Plex.  This year it is split for  Year 6-7, Year 8-9 and Years 10-13.  It would be very worth while attending to represent your school. Also, this is a qualifying event for the British Schools Championships.  It would be fantastic to represent your school and The Judo Academy at both events.  We will have some special training sessions in December and early January to help prepare.  
Please do not enter unless you are prepared to put the training in.  

The closing date for entries is 1st January - DO NOT MISS IT!!!


Swords Open 2015

As part of our competition development plan, we attended the Swords Open in Dublin last weekend.  Over 220 competitors attended.  I must say, this was the toughest day for our kid's so far. However, all the children managed to win at  least one match.  The quality of the clubs in the Dublin area was evident; and showed us that we need to step up our training if we want to compete.
Well done to Aodhan McGivern, 6 years old with his first competitive bronze medal, Peter Cassidy, competing with the'big boys', a very impressive bronze medal.  Positive performances and winning matches were Aiden Kerr, Conall McGivern and Christopher McCurry.

Next event will be the NI Schools C'Ships in Lisburn on January 10th!


Spooky Randori Festival worked a 'treat'

A fantastic turnout yesterday for the annual 'Halloween Judo Fest' in Lisburn.  
McGivern's Spar and Jordan Heating and Maintenance again provided sponsorship and hospitality for the event.  Their donations are greatly appreciated and go a long way to making these events a success for the children.  The event was designed as a competition assimilation event that encourage friendships and build confidences across the board.  
However, do not underestimate the level of skills shown on the mat yesterday.  The performance level of some of the children was certainly akin to many highly competitive events.  We hope to replicate this event in Spring and would encourage all our 'judoka' to give it a go.  The next time, our older teens and adults will be showcasing their skills as part of their grading assessment.

Finally, many thanks to more than 20 parents for their help and support to organise the day.  Without this structure in place, it would be impossible to run these days.

We also used the day as an opportunity to produce a promotional DVD.  Lear Training spent the morning gathering footage for the promotional DVD that will be used to attract local sponsors and donations for future training and events.

New club merchandise will also be available soon!!!


Success for the Judo Academy Adult team!

4 contests, 4 wins, Gold Medal for Aodh at Shori Open...

On Sunday 11th October, Aodh made the trip to Derry to compete at the 'Shori' Open competition.  Aodh's second competition in three weeks saw him improve from Silver to Gold medal in the Lower Kyu category.  Some great groundwork in his first contest with a win by armlock, a major hip throw in contest two and two more nice throw's and holds to claim the Gold.

Well done Aodh!


Fantastic performances at Leinster Open!

On Sunday 4th October, we traveled to the new venue for judo in Dublin, Phibblestown;to take part in the Leinster Open.  Another step up for The Judo Academy, the highest level regional event we have attended so far.  It was clear from the start that this was going to be a tough day for us. There were many different clubs, nationalities and individuals of the highest quality.  The kids were very nervous, but certainly 'stepped up to the plate' and gave it their all.

The Judo Academy managed to achieve 2 Gold and 2 Silver medals.  Conall and Peter won gold's and Christopher and Callum gained hard fought silver's.  A great learning experience for Aidan, Odhran, Luca and Jonah.  They all stood up well for themselves.  We are very proud of you's!


'Halloween Judo Festival'

Sunday 1st November 2015

100 places available, first come first served!



Fantastic Summer Camp!

45 children from 5 years to 13 years took part in the inaugural Judo Academy Summer Camp in Glenavy. Fun , games judo skills, colouring, dodge ball, skittles and not to mention loads of judo.  The week ended with a promotional grading for all and presentation of awards.  Jordan heating & Maintenance Provision sponsored the colourful t shirts and the camp finished off with a pizza party for everyone.
A wonderful time was had by all! 
We Plan to have  a camp in Lisburn and Glenavy next year!
Pre Season Training Sessions & Start back dates
Tuesday 28th & Friday 31st July - 10.30-12.30 - Lisburn - £5
Tuesday 4th & Friday 7th August - 10.30-12.30 - Lisburn - £5
Tuesday 18th & Friday 21st August - 10.30-12.30 - Lisburn - £5
Sunday mornings in Lisburn from 26th July.
Saturday mornings in Glenavy from 1st August .
Wednesday evenings in Lisburn from 5th August. 
Summer Camp 10-14th August - Glenavy.
Summer Camp 2015.....NOW FULLY BOOKED!

Attendance Register below


Summer Judo 2015!

Midweek judo and 'Fit for judo' class will return in September.

More Success at The NI Schools C'Ships


TJA competition team travelled to the New Foyle Arena on Sunday 7th June to compete at the Ni Schools Judo Championships.  They were fantastic!  2 Gold, 5 silver and 5 bronze medals were gained.  Unfortunately, three of our players were in the same category, otherwise, more golden moments would have been shared. Conall and Callum are now NI schools champions!
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Well done Fintan - Definitely an A*

Gold, Bronze & Fine performances at NI Open!


At our first attempt at the NI Open level 4 event, we achieved a gold medal from Jack Husband in the Minor Boys and a bronze medal for Luca Raffo Harper.  Conall McGivern was unlucky to be defeated for a bronze medal, winning 3 of his 5 contests and achieving 5th place.  Peter McAreavey won 1 contest and was narrowly defeated in 2.  Ewan, Jonah, Callum and Thomas put in great performances and gathered valuable experience at this level.  No doubt that this is a significant step forward for The Judo Academy.
Well Done guys!!!
UNESCO - 'Judo is the most complete sport for mind and body'
Judo is recommended by UNESCO for the child's practice: “is the most effective link between the psychic and the physical welfare of the child, because it allows through play and fun the development of this one”. Judo is an Olympic sport since 1964 and the IOC considered Judo as the most complete sport, improving the quality of life of those who practice it. 

Judo has a number of values:

Courage for what's right
Principle of Equality…

In the case of minors, asthmatics and visual impairment is recognised that judo is recommended for these children because it improves their self-esteem and reduces the feeling of suffering a chronic illness. 

Also other sports acknowledge the importance of 'ukemi' learn how to break your fall. This type of learning from infancy allows future application in other sports like Rugby, cycling, football, riding or motorcycling, among others. The basics of judo can prevent a lot of injuries.
Judo Academy Development Initiative 2015!
50 children aged from 8-12 took part in The Judo Academy’s most recent development initiative.  Children from Lisburn, Belfast, Carrickfergus, Newtownabbey and Antrim participated in the event that was designed to introduce the players to competition in a fun, friendly and enjoyable manner.
The children displayed their considerable skills in front of mums, dads, grandparents and other siblings.  The atmosphere was fantastic, friendly, fun and enthusiastic.  It is the latest initiative used by the local club, to make the transition from fundamental events and festival’s; to semi competitive and competitive events.  The idea is that the children are comfortable with participating in the event; and are relaxed enough to show and develop their skills without the ‘fear of failure’ or defeat.
The Judo Academy is now the largest judo club in N.Ireland; and using these progressive initiatives with a ‘child centred’ approach to teaching, hope to continue its stream of healthy competent sports players.
A very special thanks to the event sponsors: ‘WJM Building’ for making the children a proper podium for their events; ‘McGivern's Spar’ for providing refreshments and catering supplies and ‘Jordan plumbing and heating’ for donating towards awards for the children.
The next event is planned for May 2015 in Lisburn.
The Judo Academy have now introduced an anti bullying and social media policy to protect its members, players, parents and volunteers.  
Please download below:
Judo Academy Spring Festival entry form - 17 May - Lisburn
Now seeking sponsors for above event!

'Fit for Judo'
Bodyweight Circuit Class
Come and give this a will not have done anything like this before; 45 minutes of exercise targeted to promote strength and conditioning for judo.
Thursdays from 6.00pm in Lisburn
Entry form for Judo Academy trials in Glenavy 
Saturday 28 February 11.00 - 2.00pm
 Download Judo Academy Calendar of events 2015!
New Private Class starting in January at Peak Physique!!!
Download flyer below:
Well Done to Ray, Danny and Niall who competed in the toughest competition to date, the North West Open.  Ray achieved a silver medal, Danny a hard fought bronze and Niall competed in the toughest category of the day, winning one contest.  They all gained valuable experience for the future! 
Well done to all those that took part in the grading this week!
Watch Nage No Kata for Dan grades....
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Judo Kata
Man kann echt was lernen
NIJF 'Clubmark' Award 2014!

The Judo Academy receive the first NIJF governing body 'Clubmark' accreditation.  Scott Mayne presented the award that recognises excellent governance in Effective Management, Quality Coaching and Competition, and Safety in Sport.  This follows the Judo Academy Clubmark achievement in 2012 from Lisburn City Council.
Park Lodge Judo Academy                              Monday 17
Ballymacrickett Judo Academy                        Tues 18/ Fri 21
Meadow Bridge Judo Academy                        Wednesday 19
St. Bernards Judo Academy                             Thursday 20
Glenavy Judo Academy                                    Saturday 22
Lagan Valley Judo Academy                             Sunday 23 
Payment for Promotional Grading, Licenses and Renewals are ALL paid directly to the Northern Ireland Judo Federation.  The Judo Academy has no input in to costs of these items.  For further confirmation of costs, policies or procedures, please visit; telephone NIJF on 02890383814 or call to see them in the House of Sport, Upper Malone Road.
Below is a summary of current costs payable to the NIJF:
Full License                  £21.00  (Covers Red Belt, License and 1 year Insurance)
Intro. License                £7.00   
Annual Renewal            £20.00
Replacement Book        £2.00
Grading                        £7.00
****We CANNOT grade anyone without an up to date license book and correct fees*****
What you need tobring along:
1.             NIJF record book(license)
2.             £7 grading fees(payable to NIJF)
3.             £4 class fees ( Saturday& Sunday morning classes)
There is quite a bit of organisation and administration involved in carrying out a club promotional grading; so I would ask for your cooperation in ensuring the children have their record book and appropriate fees.
We would hope to complete a club grading three times per year as a natural means of progression. 
Download new grading posters from Grading Page, or from link below:
Sparring partners at 'Halloween' Judo fest


120 children took part in the Halloween Judo Festival in Lisburn on Sunday 19th October.  Each had at least three ‘randori’ practices against a selection of opponents from across Belfast, Lisburn, Newtownabbey, Glengormley, Hillsborough, Glenavy, Antrim, Carrickfergus and Craigavon. 
The children, all under 12 years of age displayed their considerable skills in front of mums, dads, grandparents and other siblings.  The atmosphere was fantastic, friendly, fun and enthusiastic.  Lisburn Racquets Club is a fantastic venue for large events like this, and many thanks go out to the staff that contributes to its success.
Sport Lisburn contributed financial help through their sport club grant award scheme.   This went a long way in providing fantastic trophies for the event.
A very special thanks to the main event sponsor ‘McGivern's Spar’, who supplied not only drinks, crisp, promotional goods and catering for the event; but gave considerable financial support to the event also.
Over 30 parents, coaches and volunteers contributed to making this event a success for the children.  Well done to the whole team of coaches, instructors, parents, supporters, and not least to the players that helped The Judo Academy Halloween festival be the best yet!
The next event is planned forSpring 2015.
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Well done to The Judo Academy team that took part in the Swords Open in Dublin last weekend.  11 players from the club came home with 1 Gold and 4 Bronze medals.  Over 300 competitors took part.  This was certainly a step up for us, and the whole team of players, parents and coaches done us proud!

Well done to Grace McCluskey, Donna Rocks, Johnny Jordan, Brian Cassidy, Ray Deans and Michael Kane on achieving their Blue belts at the weekend.
Well deserved everyone!
Halloween Festival - Sunday 19th October 2014
Entry form for next  Competition...