Motivation Monday

Motivation Monday

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Motivation Monday

Every Monday we will be posting more information to help you get through this strangely unique time in history.

#Motivational Monday 06/07/20

With lots of guidance now published to support the safe return of judo activity and ways in which we can engage with our members, we are hearing many different perspectives of how this may look.
We encourage all our member clubs to keep in mind the words of Jigoro Kano (below), to reflect on what is right for the club, the members and the community and to remember that JudoScotland are here to support you.
#staysafe #PlayingOurPart #MotivationalMonday

#MotivationalMonday 29/06/20

One for the coaches this #motivationalmonday!

If you are seeking a bit of inspiration whilst we are unable to get on the mat you may want to check out 'The Magic Academy' podcast.

Already highlighted on our 'Coaching Resource' page, a recent addition is a chat with Jean Cote (Series 5, Episode 15) which provides great insight into coaching effectiveness (amongst a load of other great stuff!). If you have a listen we'd love to hear your thoughts.


Our #MotivationalMonday story this week comes from Highland Budokan in Inverness.

After sharing content from JudoScotland, Edinburgh Club and DestinationJudo for the first 10 weeks of lockdown their coach Robert has started delivering their own sessions, and after only 3 weeks has built to figures of over 1,000 views and now delivers several 'online opportunities' each week!

Well done to Highland Budokan, let's hope it keeps growing!

We also know others have just started delivering online and this goes to show that it's never too late.


#Motivational Monday 08/06/20

This week we gain some quality motivation from Alex Short, Alex is a JudoScotland performance athlete and GBR Judo Team member from The Edinburgh Club.

Many of you will remember Alex’s outstanding performance at the European Judo Open Glasgow 2018 where he won Gold in spectacular fashion. What a day that was!!! 

Alex said one of his favourite quotes for self-motivation is “What we think, we become” this is taken from the teaching of Buddhism and Alex said that it keeps him in the right frame of mind when pushing himself.

Thanks’ for the clip Alex (and Ollie) its been a great insight into your world.


#Motivation Monday 01/06/20

"What lies in our power to do, lies in our power not to do" (Aristotle)

In these testing and challenging times, we can draw on the Judo moral code and contribute to society by remembering to exercise self-control and socially distance - even when visiting friends and relatives. 

Have a great day!


#Motivation Monday 25/05/20

"Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it or work around it." - Michael Jordan

The situation we face today is certainly an obstacle, but hopefully together we can find a way to work around it.

Is your club doing, or considering, a 'Lockdown Grading' to provide motivation and structured learning for your members?

Why not register for our first 'Chat Room' conversation on Thursday to explore how it might work for you, or to share your plans with others?


#Motivation Monday 18/05/20

Kyuzo Mifune - "Mastery of Judo cannot be accomplished in a short time. Since skills depend on mental and physical application, constant training is essential"

There are many practices and activities that you can do at home to keep training to maintain or develop your skills. Have a look at the other pages in the JudoScotland Isolation Station for some ideas.


#Motivation Monday 11/05/20

Hamilton Judo Club recently saw their efforts rewarded in the Hamilton Sports Council Awards, with their club winning Club of the Year and one of their coaches winning Volunteer of the Year.

Hamilton Judo Club started an adaptive judo class in March 2019 in partnership with South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture, Active Schools South Lanarkshire and JudoScotland, and have since worked tirelessly to develop this class, delivering around 100 taster sessions throughout the year in a variety of settings. This has resulted in their adaptive judo class being hugely popular, with 34 children joining, with 18 attending on a regular basis, eventually leading to expansion, including an adult adaptive class due to local demand, with 6 attending this class and another 3 adults with a disability attending their mainstream classes.

This success has also led to the club coaching team expanding. Joe Lynas, who won Volunteer of the Year, was one of their new coaches. Despite being involved with the club for around 50 years, he had not qualified as a coach, until assisting with these classes sparked an interest in adaptive judo. This led to Joe completing his UKCC Level 1 qualification, which he has put to use both during these classes and in many tasters which he has assisted with.


#Motivation Monday 04/05/20


#Motivation Monday 27/04/20 JudoScotland would like to say a huge 'thank you' to all key workers, who are exemplifying the Judo Moral Code at this difficult time.

If you have any key workers who are part of your Club community, please tag them to recognise their commitment and hard work.

#Motivation Monday 20/04/20

“Do not let what you can not do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden

Celebrating a selection of some of the good work our clubs are doing online to keep their members active, if your club is not below and you would like to share some their good work then get in touch to or DM us on Facebook or Instagram.

#Motivation Monday 13/04/20

During this period of social distancing Irvine Judo Club donated 50 Easter eggs they had bought for their members and a couple of food parcels to Fullarton and Vineburgh Community Hubs.

A fantastic act of kindness which certainly echoes the values of judo and Kano’s vision of judoka contributing to society.



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