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Welcome Mums, Dads & Guardians
Iinkai organises Judo and Self Defence programs for all ages and abilities.
Our Judo program runs in over 60 schools in the Thames Valley and South East of England. We coach all school ages and deliver clubs and courses at Primary Schools, Secondary Schools and Reading University. Iinkai Judo Club has also recently been awarded Clubmark status by Sport England in recognition of the club's overall excellence.
Our acclaimed Self Defence Program is focused on Secondary School children and has been delivered on behalf of Local Government, Schools Sports Partnerships, Berkshire Sport, Independent Schools and Businesses.
If you would like your child to join one of our programs please contact us, or if your school already works with us please feel free to speak to the school directly for more information.
If you are interested in attending or organising a Self Defence Course please contact us.
1st Lesson Guidance
Your child is welcome to attend an initial lesson as a NO OBLIGATION taster session
For Judo: If your child does not have a Judo suit, they are most welcome to attend in a tracksuit with long sleeved top. Ideally No Zips.
For Self Defence: Casual wear (no hard objects ideally) or PE kit is fine.
Students will have the opportunity to undertake termly examinations to progress through the Judo stripes and belts or in the case of Self Defence, undertake our Self Defence Award scheme recognized and used by local government.
As Judo students progress they will have the opportunity to attend external competitions, training days and courses.
For more information please download our club rules from the link below.
At Iinkai, we help students to:-
Increase Confidence and Self Esteem.
Participate in a Fun Sport in a Safe and Disciplined Environment.
Accept winning and losing.
Improve self discipline.
Improve Health and Fitness.
Increase their circle of friends.
1. Can my child try a Judo lesson before I commit to paying my term fees?
Answer - Yes all students are welcome to attend their first lesson as a No obligation taster session. Term fees will then become due at the 2nd lesson.
2. What should my child wear to his or her first lesson?
Answer - We recommend children initially wear tracksuit bottoms and a long sleeved sweatshirt; however, children are also welcome to wear their PE kit. Once your child starts to progress with their Judo, we recommend they obtain a Judo suit.
3. My coach has recommended I join the British Judo Association. What are the advantages to joining and how do I join?
Answer - The BJA is the national governing body for Judo in Great Britain. Joining the BJA gives your child the opportunity to represent your school and club at BJA competitions and access their national grading scheme. When you join you receive a BJA membership book, training diary, badge and other things too.
To join you need to visit the BJA website and head to the membership page. Your club is Iinkai Judo Club. Our BJA club number is 3004.
4. Why are my term fees always higher in January of each year?
Answer - Every member of the club is required to pay a £15 annual membership fee, which is payable in January of each year. This fee provides you with a number of benefits including insurance in the unlikely event of injury. New members joining mid-year pay slightly more for this reason too.
5. Does it hurt when you get thrown?
Answer - All students practise learning how to land without hurting themselves by completing exercises called breakfalls (or ukemi). Coaches run through these exercises almost every lesson. This coupled with the fact that we practise on soft mats in a disciplined environment makes being thrown a safe and fun activity. Students must remember not to practise Judo outside of class.