Q: How often should I grade?
A: It depends on age partially and for children it is usually only once or twice a year. However, Ray will be able to recommend when you should go in for a grading, so if it is more or less you will know.
Q: What do the different coloured belts mean?
A: The colour of your belt shows knowledge and experience. The colour changes as you move up the grades. The order or the belts are red, yellow, orange, green, blue, brown and then black.
Q: Do I need anything to grade?
A: You will need a valid licence, a £7 grading fee for Judo gradings and a £10 grading fee for Aikido gradings. You will of course also need the correct knowledge of your syllabus!
Q: The licence application form asks for a club number. What is this?
A: Every club registered with the BJA is given a number, and Ronindo's is: 2127
Q: Why do I need a licence?
A: A licence is first and foremost your insurance, which would cover you if you were to get hurt OR hurt someone else. It is also the associations way of recording your grades.
Q: What if I get bullied?
A: Bullying isn't a problem here at Ronindo, but if a situation were ever to arise, it would not be tolerated. If the bullying persisted after warnings, more serious actions would be taken.
Q: Will there always be a first aider present?
Q: Are all club coaches CRB checked?
Q: I've done Judo before but didn't like something about the way it was run, are all judo clubs the same?
A: No, not at all. We do our very best to run a fun, friendly and honest club.
Q: Can I visit the club without being a member?
A: Yes, all judo players are welcome!
Q: Do I have to compete?
A: No, not at all. Whilst some people find competing great fun, it can be others idea of hell. Neither of these views are right or wrong!
Q: Do I have to compete?
Q: Are there competitions I can enter?
A: Yes, there are judo competitions of varying levels, depending on your skill and experience. Ray will advise you on whether you should enter a competition or not. It should be noted that Aikido is non-competitive, meaning there are no competitions.
Q: Can I bring my friends to try with me?
A: Yes, of course!! Bring as many friends as you like! The first session is always free and we will lend you kit so you don't need to worry about that.
Q: Do you continue training through the school holidays?
A: Training continues as normal throughout the holidays. The only exception to this is the last 2 weeks of the summer holidays and also 2 weeks at Christmas where there is no training.
Q: How do I know which session to attend?
A: New people are welcome in any class, but we recommend that people who are new to Judo or Aikido enroll on an introductory course, in order to be able to meet people of the same level
Q: Can I buy training suits through the club?
A: Yes, and the cost rises with the size of the kit, the smallest kits costing around £20
Q: How much do the sessions cost?
A: Sessions are paid for by a monthly standing order, and the cost of this varies depending upon how often you train the more you train the less each session costs, and how many of the family train. Basically Junior Judo is £16 per calender Month Senior Judo & Aikido £20 per calender month.
Q: Will I get hurt?
A: Injuries can be picked up in any sport, or any activity for that matter, and while Judo and Aikido are not risk free, serious injuries are very rare. Safety is the absolute priority within the club and with the correct training and the mats that we use, we do everything we can to minimise the risks.