Why Judo Is Good For Children


  • Judo is the safest contact sport for children under 13 years of age.
    (Source: American College of Sports Medicine)

  • Judo is the best training sport for children from 5 to 12 years of age.
    (Source: World Health Organization)

  • Judo is the second most complete sport that exists.
    (Source: International Olympic COmmittee, 2000)

  • Judo is the initial sport to train children and young people from 4 to 21 years of age.
    (Source: UNESCO 2017)

  • Judo is, after rowing, a physical exercise with the highest calorie consumption: 363 calories for 30 minutes.
    (Source: World Health Organization)

Mentoring Topic #1 - Courtesy


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Explore what courtesy means to participants      
Define expectations of courtesy Behaviors in the dojo with fellow judokas, senseis Golden Rule - treat others how you want to be treated Kindly address LEOs
Why is courtesy important? Nobody can get better alone - need to work together Courtesy & kindness given are often reciprocated De-escalates situations to work things out with courtesy
Examples of courtesy with parents/family Be on time when picked up - apply discipline at home Remember to say please and thank you, help when asked Encourage all family members to be courteous with officers
Examples of courtesy with teachers/authority Bow to your sensei and help out when asked Open up a door and hold for others to go through first User terms like "Yes sir" and "Yes Ma'am

Mentoring Topic #2 - Courage


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Explore what courage means to participants      
Define courage Trying something new, facing a larger or more skilled opponent Addressing events & situations that are not easy To be friendly with LEOs even when it may not be popular
Why is courage important? It's necessary to grow and improve in the sport Life can be difficult. Without courage one may be hampered by fear Sometimes it take courage to create positive change in the world
Examples of courage amoung your peers First timers entering the class, being called out by sensei Friends/peers who overcome tough family life situations Don't be afraid to approach an officer if/when you need help
Examples of courage with parents/family Family members may try judo but may be nervous to do so Parents going to an interview, responsibilities with jobs Everyday LEOs put their lives on the line for their communities
Examples of courage with teachers/authority Sensei's have used courage to get where they are today Every day a teacher needs to get in front of their class LEOs encounter difficult situations on a daily basis

Mentoring Topic #3 - Friendship


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Explore what friendship means to participants      
Define what constitutes friendship Part of a club where friendships are developed through working together Varying levels of friendship throughout life that create experiences/relationships Building friendships with LEOs will build a safer and stronger community
Why is friendship important? Support of one another to become better judokas People are better together than individually and help each other Friendship leads to positive relationships and trust
Examples of friendship with your peers Working out together, cheering for each other's competitions Someone who will support you when you most need it Friends will "have each others backs" in tense situations
Examples of frienships with parents/family Friends in the dojo can also become family friends Some friendships are so close that they seem like family As PAL Judokas, can help build friendships with family & LEOs
Examples of friendships with teachers/authority A sensei can be a friend and mentor for life Teachers' caring establishes frienships that can last forever Friendships transcend someone's occupation

Mentoring Topic #4 - Honesty


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Explore what honesty means to participants      
Define expectations of honest behaviors Always be honest with teammates and sensei Honesty is always the best policy with anything in life When engaging officers, always answer questions honestly
Why is honesty important? It builds trust among friends & teammates It establishes one's character as someone people can trust Lying to law enforcement could have punitive results
Examples of honesty with your peers Honest, constructive feedback when training Friendships are based on honesty and trust If you see something that could be a problem, say something
Examples of honesty with parents/family Be honest with your parents about your school day/training Don't hide anything and be honest, even when it's difficult Honesty is always the best policy when interacting with the police
Examples of honesty with teachers/authority Ask questions if you don't understand and ask for help Ask for help from teachers when you need it - they will help you! Honesty can help law enforcement to protect & serve

Mentoring Topic #5 - Honor


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Explore what honor means to participants      
Define honor as part of the PAL Judo program Expectation to represent self/sport/sensei/program with honor Being honorable in life will help lead you to success Honor the authority and commitment of LEOs
Why is honor important? It is foundational to the sport & core of mutual benefit It creates a higher standard to be respected by others Without honoring authority, chaos and danger may ensue
Examples of honor with your peers Practicing your best with teammates makes each other better Conducting yourself with honor creates self confidence Being honorable makes you a respected citizen
Examples of honor with parents/family Honor your commitment as others honor theirs Honor your parents wishes to build trust and mutual respect Acting honorably creates a stronger community for all
Examples of honor with teachers/authority Maximum effort and commitment holds honor Honor a teacher's requirements for successful task completion Honor given will result in honor returned

Mentoring Topic #6 - Modesty


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Explore what modesty means to participants      
Define expectations of modesty Nobody is to act like they are better than anyone else A modest person is always more easily accepted in life Do not think you are above the law due to certain circumstances
Why is modesty important? Modesty creates respect for and collaboration with others Lack of modesty is creating a destructive "me-first" culture Being modest creates mutual respect and de-escalation
Examples of modesty with your peers Do not brag if you are better than others, help them get better Modesty among peers will endear you to others Be modest if in a situation where you are being questioned
Examples of modesty with parents/family Accept praise with modesty Modesty & humility are always helping keep families strong  
Examples of modesty with teachers/authority Accept praise with modesty Be modest in your dealings with others  

Mentoring Topic #7 - Respect


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Explore what respect means to participants      
Define expectations of respect in PAL Judo Club Respect of others and the program are paramount Participants are on their best behavior both in & out of the dojo PAL Participants must always respect the authority of LEOs
Why is respect important? Mutual respect & welfare are the core values of Judo To be respected, one must give respect to others Mutual respect will de-escalate situations & strengthen communities
Examples of respect with your peers Training carefully so as not to injure one another Opinions of others should be respected even if not believed As fellow community members, respect is the core of relationships
Examples of respect with parents/family Inform family members to not wear shoes on mats Always respect your parents, even within disagreement  
Examples of respect with teachers/authority The teacher must always receive ultimate respect Positions of leadership/authority should be respected Positions of leadership/authority should be respected

Mentoring Topic #8 - Self-Control


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Explore what self-control means to participants      
Define expectations for having self-control Everyone must control their mind and bodies in practice Self-control allows one to control the situation vs. the situation control them Self-control can help de-escalate an emotional situation
Why is self-control important? For safety and mastery of techniques with others Having self-control will keep you focused regardless of the situation Could prevent a serious situation
Examples of self-control with your peers Controlling body and throws so as not to injure others If a friend is upset with you, controlling your emotions will help the situation Having self-control of self can help also control group scenarios
Examples of self-control with parents/family Understanding Judo may be secondary to family commitments Self-control will prevent you from doing or saying something you may regret later  
Examples of self-control with teachers/authority Keeping calm when instructor correcting you Approaching difficult subjects with self-control to maintin focus Self-control will always help when tensions may be high