Club Ethos

The Oranmore Judo Club aims to make judo accessible to all.

One way we achieve this is to keep costs to a minimum – we don’t have glossy brochures, we don’t advertise, we are not funded by commercial organisations, nor by the Sports Council; we don’t charge equipment costs, and we don’t pay our coaches – they are trained volunteers who love the sport.

After session photo July 2016

After session photo July 2016

We do expect you, as member, parent or guardian, to pay our club membership fee, to pay the Irish Judo Association membership fee and to pay a ‘mat’ fee every time your child participates in training. This covers mat repairs, dojo rental, insurance, and running costs. Judo, within the Irish Judo Association and International Judo Federation, proudly remains an amateur sport.

With Judo, we have no professionals in the same sense as other sports. No one is allowed to take part in public entertainment for personal gain. Jigaro Kano, quoted by Gunji Koizumi in Budokwai Bulletin (April 1947)

Oranmore Judo Club is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all its members. The club believes that it is important that members, coaches, administrators, and parents associated with the club should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. Therefore, members are encouraged to be open at all times and share any concerns or complaints they may have about any aspect of the club with the coaches and with Tony Allen, 4th Dan Black Belt and club Sensei (Senior teacher).

Judo in reality is not a mere sport or game. I regard it as a principle of life, art and science. In fact, it is a means for personal cultural attainment. Jigaro Kano, Budokwai Bulletin (April 1947)