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Learning Japanese

Established in 1993, 2015 marks the 22nd anniversary of the Bourne Judo Club, which caters for all ages from 6 years upward and trains every Wednesday evening, from 6:45pm onwards, at the Darby and Joan Hall in South Street, Bourne.


Mark Day from the club commented, “Our volunteers enjoy visiting local schools and other public events to display and pass on their love for the sport. We have spent some time recently with Bourne Westfield and have particularly enjoyed seeing the enthusiasm of both teaching staff and students alike to participate.”


The children learnt some of the traditions that they had to observe such as showing respect to the mat by bowing to it as they stepped on to it and before they got off of it.  The children also learnt several moves, including how to fall, which allowed them to throw their partners on to the mats and they learnt the Japanese for bow (rei), start (hajime) and break (matte).


PE Co-ordinator Richard Scott added “The instructors were fantastic with the children and got all of them taking part, even the more reserved. The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and their introduction to Judo. Bourne Judo Club will be visiting Westfield to give the other children in key stage 2 a taste of the ancient sport of Judo over the next two weeks.”