Busy year ahead for Dundee Ippon

DUNDEE IPPON Judo club is to start the new year with a beginners’ course.

Under the banner of ‘fighting fit for fun,’ the club will run a six-week novice course on Fridays, starting today (Friday).

Based at the Forthill Sports Centre, the club has had a highly successful 2012, with two members winning national gold medals and another achieving his black belt.

Now they are keen to welcome a new batch of members and club coach Dave Hammond, who is a fourth dan, says that his art is an ideal way for people of all ages to get themselves into shape after the excesses of Christmas.

“Judo means a lot of different things to different people,” he said.

“If you want fitness, there probably isn’t a more rounded way of getting fit than judo, which makes you use just about every muscle you have, but it is much more than a fun fitness regime.

“It remains an excellent fighting art, one that is used as the base for many mixed martial artists.”

A mixed, but overall better than expected set of results in the Olympics saw judo receive a fillip in 2012, which highlights yet another aspect to the Japanese art, but according to Dave, judo is much more than the sum of its parts.

“We take an holistic approach to our judo at Ippon,” he said.

“We have national champions and we have serious competitors who also train in other arts, but we are a very tight club with a friendly ethos. Everybody in the club helps everybody else as we learn discipline, mutual respect and self-awareness.”

While 2012 saw the club scale new heights, even more is planned for 2013 and if you want to be part of it, all you have to do is go along to the beginners’ sessions.

This year the club will be on the road to a number of events, but also a number of events will be taking place in Forthill.

In February, the club will hold it’s traditional mid-winter training course, headed up by Judo For All’s national technical director Sampson Sampson in attendance.

In March the club will be holding a specialised self-defence course with Stephen Sweetlove, MBE, who is a police trainer. “We are particularly excited by Stephen coming up to train with us, “said Dave.

“He is a highly ranked in a number of martial arts, is also an expert in police taiho jutsu, restraint techniques and has even co-written the British Army’s unarmed combat manual.”

For further information visit www.dundeejudo.co.uk or contact Dave Hammond on 07525451454.

The beginners courses start tonight (Friday) at 6.15 to 7.30 p.m. for children aged from 10 and then 7.30 to 8.30 p.m. for adults.