Where to find our classes?
Monday & Thursdays
EGH Judo, Rickards Street, Graig
Pontypridd CF37 1RD.
Children 5 to 8 years 5.30 to 6.30pm
Children 9 to 15 years 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Adults 7.30pm to 9.00pm
Tonteg Community Centre,
Main Rd, Tonteg CF38 1ND
Children 5.30pm to 6.30pm
Our Typical Class
A typical class will start and end with a formal rei (bow). This is where the students line up on one side of the mat (beginners at the end of the line) and rei (bow), usually in a kneeling position. This is a traditional formality and signifies respect from students to instructors for what they learn and from instructors to students for their time and attention.
This is followed by a warm up which may be specific to the planned session. The warm up prepares the body for action.
Typically the warm up is followed by ukemi (breakfall) practice. Ukemi allows you to land safely when being thrown.
The session could then continue with learning and practising the skills required for Judo which are then reinforced with specific training drills. This is followed by Randori (free practice) where you get to practice what you’ve learned in a controlled contest with your partner.
The sessions usually conclude with a cool down and a formal bow (rei).
The language of Judo is Japanese, which means that along with learning Judo, you will also pick up a little Japanese, as all the techniques and instructions are in Japanese.
If you’re unsure about starting a class, come along and speak to one of our coaches and organisers. We can offer advice about starting a class, or you can just observe one of our training sessions.
What you need
Often starting a new sport can be expensive. But with judo, you don’t need a judo kit when you first begin – just wear loose-fitting trousers (e.g. track-suit or jogging bottoms) with no hard or metallic accessories such as zips or buttons.
Girls wearing hair band’s need to ensure it has no metal or plastic parts, and hair grips are not permitted.
Do bring along a non-fizzy drink as drinks are not available at the club.
We are now also running a beginners specific Judo class at Tonteg Community Centre (CF38 1ND) every Wednesday from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.
This class is open to all new beginners, to teach the basic skills required to effectively practice judo.
If you’re unsure about attending one of our other classes, please come along and speak to our coaches.