Willunga Judo Club has been teaching traditional Judo since 1968 and continues to provide activitity and success for its members.
Competitors from the Willunga Judo club recently travelled to Nowra in New South Wales to compete in the Kodocan National Judo championships.
Father and son combination Colin Tilby and Jarred Tilby were unbeaten in their respective competitions, both winning gold. Colin (48-years-old) competed in the masters division (35-years and older) in the 90kg to 100kg.
Brodie Dunn (24) competed in the under 90kg respectively winning a bronze. Brodie then went on to compete in the open division, but was unfortunately knocked out of the competition on his third fight. Jarred Tilby (16) competed in the under 18 under 73kg.
Not content with a gold in the under 18s, Jarred also competed on Sunday in the senior division of his weight class. After winning four of his seven bouts, he was awarded a bronze.
Jarred will be heading to compete in Osaka, Japan this month and looking forward to testing his skills against some of the best in Japan. Mike and Eileen Binns started the club at the Aldinga institute in 1968 and moved to current premises in Willunga in 1972.
Making this year the 50th anniversary, Mike instructed until approximately 2008 and in later years showed up most Wednesday nights to oversee the running of the club.
The club is now run by a great team of volunteers consisting of Kym Harvey, third Dan Black Belt, Greg Smith also a third Dan Black Belt and Peter Jong a second Dan Black Belt.
All are members of the South Australian Kodokan association with nationally recognised accreditation. Kym joined the club in 1980. Greg has been helping out since 1974 and Peter a relatively new comer, starting in 2008.
Judo is a great exercise which allows for all body types, male or female. Judo has a unique social aspect and cultural background, teaching discipline and perseverance.
Judo is important for developing the mind (determination, focus, street-smarts), developing your personality and values (humbleness, humility, and humour), developing your body (flexibility, efficiency, strength, and fitness) and developing a sense of community.
The club’s youngest member is five-years-old and the oldest member still throwing other competitors around is Ralph at 73-years-young.
Willunga Judo practices every Wednesday night – Seniors from 7.30pm to 8.30pm and Juniors from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. First two lessons are free and it is located in the Old Railway Station, Railway Terrace, Willunga. Contacts are Kym Harvey on 0407 798 803 and Greg Smith on 0408 812 578.