Judo is a martial art that develops self-confidence, improves fitness, and develops self-discipline and respect for oneself and others. Judo provides the means for learning self-confidence, concentration, and leadership skills, as well as physical coordination, power, and flexibility.
Judo is best known for its throwing techniques but it also involves grappling on the ground performing hold downs, arm locks, chokes and strangles. Judo is unique in that all age groups, both sexes, all abilities can participate together in learning and practicing the sport.
The British Busen Judo Association run Judo sessions here at Benfield for children aged 5 and over and adults of all abilities.
Juniors – Monday 5.00 – 6.00pm
Sessions cost £3.50 for a junior (under 16 years old)
Adults – Monday 6.30 – 7.30pm
Sessions cost £4.50 for an adult.
Taekwondo is a fast paced predominantly kicking art originating from Korea. Build your fitness and confidence from any age or ability.
Taw Kwon Do Tigers is a class for 4-10 year olds and is the perfect way to improve fitness, confidence and discipline. It also helps prepare for all taekwondo training while being fun and challenging.
Wednesday 6-7pm Adults and children
Saturday 8.30-9.30am Tigers (4-10 years)
Saturday 9.30-10.30am Advanced students
Northumbria University Kendo club run a session here at Benfield on a Monday 7.45-9.00pm and Wednesday 8.00-9.00pm. The session is open to all levels of ability, participants must be 18 years old or above to attend.
Kendo is the art of Japanese sword fighting. Kendo improves speed, strength, reflexes, stamina and concentration. It also encourages self-awareness whilst being enjoyable at the same time.
Newcastle Aikido Classes are ideal for both beginners and advanced students alike. The classes cover basic techniques and attacks. Students are taught how to take ukemi (break falls) and other important aspects particular to aikido, such as shikko (knee-walking).
There is no competition in aikido. A students’ development is a personal journey in which they learn to explore their boundaries at their own pace. After the teacher has demonstrated a technique, students practice in pairs exploring the technique from the point of view of both attacker and defender. As the defender one learns to redirect an aggressors’ energy, primarily through circular movements, in order to harmonize and disperse it. As the attacker you will learn to protect yourself and fall safely while simultaneously allowing your partner to apply their technique more faithfully. For your first time on the mat, wear loose, comfortable clothing, such as tracksuit bottoms and t-shirt. No special footwear is necessary; training is always barefoot.
The first class is free, so you can see for yourself if you enjoy the practice without having to worry about cost.
Tuesday: 6:30 – 8pm (All levels)
Thursday: 6:30 – 8.30pm (All levels)