How will Judo benefit a school community?

We recognise that schools aim to provide children with as many opportunities as possible
to help them develop and become the very best that they can be. Moberly Judo club has
developed an extra-curricular programme that can be used to support this development
and deepen children’s experiences.

It is evident that discipline and the sense of achievement children feel when engaging in
Judo helps them maintain a focus rarely displayed in the classroom. It is a great benefit
to each student as it enhances their learning, social and emotional behaviour, fostering a
positive attitude in all they do. This sense of achievement also manifests itself in a deep
respect for the sport, which builds self-esteem, self-respect and respect for others.

At Moberly, we pride ourselves on providing a strong anti-bullying philosophy. We
believe that Judo enhances social interaction and a feeling of inner strength and self worth
that has a positive effect on the more withdrawn individuals who may attract
unwanted attention. Judo helps boisterous children channel their energy, providing a
platform to gain confidence and positive recognition. Moberly Stars coaches have
inclusive strategies and use these to teach students with special needs including learning
difficulties, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Attention Deficit Disorder
(ADD), Autistic Spectrum Difficulties (ASD) and visual impairments. Prior to lessons, we
take the time to consult with parents and carers to ensure that the approach is effective.
Throughout students time with us we encourage and reward positive behaviour.

One of our most notable members who had ADHD is current Olympian Ashley McKenzie.
Ashley started Judo aged 11 and quickly found that Judo was an ideal outlet and he has
now achieved amazing things.

Judo is a platform to success and is of benefit to all members of the school community,
parents, pupils and staff alike.

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