Offered as part of our enrichment program to both beginning and advanced students, judo is a modern martial art that develops the mind, body, and spirit of its participants. Students in this after-school class are learning the basic skills of Ukemi (falling), Kata (forms), Tachi waza (standing techniqies), Newaza (grappling techniques), and Randori (free exercise) in a fun-and-games–oriented way. There are currently 23 students learning this martial art that combines exercise and discipline with fun. One parent whose daughter participates in the program lauded, "If I was going to an outside studio and [my daughter] was receiving this caliber of instruction, I would be thrilled; the fact that she gets it from one of her teachers as part of the after-school program is fantastic."
Says judo instructor (and BHDS lower school head of physical education) Nobu Kotani, "I believe that academics, technology, and social/emotional skills are extremely important at school; adding martial arts skills helps to increase students' confidence levels to do well in school." MORE PHOTOS