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Judo expanding its reach to youth in Anantapur


Judo expanding its reach to youth in Anantapur

In order to further strengthen the grassroots structure of judo in the district of Anantapur, Rural Development Trust (RDT), working in tandem with the Anantapur District Judo Association (ADJA), have begun yet another grassroots coaching camp for judo to introduce young school children to the martial art.

As India celebrated its 67th Republic Day, about 50 children from in and around Anantapur arrived at the Judo Federation of India (JFI) Training Centre in Anantapur Sports Village (ASV) for a 10 day beginners’ judo camp that began on Republic day and will go on up till 4 February 2016. Children from as many as 11 schools have come to participate, learn and practice the art of judo.

The schools who have extended support to the Anantapur District Judo Association are the Zilla Parishad High Schools (ZPHS) from Beluguppa, Sidrapuram, Chigicherla, Konapulapadu, Kalyandurg, Gundlapalli, Hanakanhal, B Ramasagaram along with Sharda Municipal Girls High School, Anantapur and Delhi Public School (DPS), Anantapur, by allowing their children from the 5th to the 9th Grade to be part of this camp.

ASV judo coach, G. Reddappa Reddy, along with D. Ramesh, have been entrusted to oversee proceedings at this coaching camp. Since the idea is to introduce the children to judo, the camp will teach them the basics of judo, such as rolling, falling, stance, body positioning and gripping, coupled with simple movements, lifts and throws, while constantly reminding the children about the importance of body balance. This coaching camp will be followed up by a judo summer camp that will allow these 50 children along with many more to further participate and learn judo, along with some advanced skills as well. The children have the opportunity to make the most of their learning experience during this camp as they are training under expert Sports Authority of India (SAI) trained coaches.

They have a lot to take back from this camp, including skills such as time management, as they are required to follow timelines during the camp, discipline, to devote enough time for training and other activities, importance of nutrition in an individual’s life, and above all, increased development of motor skills such as catching, throwing, running and balance. Moreover, the children will learn to be better equipped to use the skills of judo for their own self defence, boosting their self-confidence.

ADJA secretary K. N Babu shared that “thanks to the support of RDT, these children are provided boarding, lodging and also a well-planned balanced nutrition at no cost whatsoever. After these camps we are looking to bring in younger children to train at ASV’s JFI training centre as the current batch of sub-junior judokas will be promoted to the junior ranks. These camps will be a build up towards the ASV’s JFI Training Centre team selection trials, which will present these children the opportunity to gain additional support from RDT to live and educate themselves, while being able to achieve their dream of practicing judo and excelling at the higher levels”.

[This article has been edited by the Operating Team]


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Maxon Sequeira


Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 23:00