Judo instructor hopes dojo can spring fresh life into Ely community
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A judo instructor is hoping to provide residents a chance to learn new skills whilst improving on their mental wellbeing with the opening of a new dojo.
The Ely Dojo, located above FRESH ran by Sara Ford and Alice Loombe on Broad Street, will become the permanent home for judo and other martial arts in the city once completed.
A group of volunteer coaches and members from Witcham and Littleport judo clubs helped build the new facility, which contains features such as a purpose-built spring floor, where both clubs will eventually move into.
Stuart Aldous, judo instructor who will manage the dojo, said: “The enthusiasm that Sarah and Alice are putting into FRESH is a great boost and it’s an inspiration for Ely Dojo to be part of what will become a much valued asset for the city.”
Ely Dojo will hold judo classes for people aged five to 75-years-old, specialist classes for Ne-Waza (ground judo) and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, as well as specialist seminars in self-defence.
Stuart, who holds a black belt Dan grade in judo and has coached participants to national success, will be accompanied by other highly-skilled instructors, including Chris Ellington of Avaddon MMA Academy in Wisbech.
“Individuals can work to their own goals and achievements at their own pace,” Stuart said.
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“Members can work through the grading system of coloured belts, learn the ‘katas’ of traditional forms and take on the challenge of contest.”
Stuart has also received support from Living Sport and East Cambridgeshire District Council in setting up a satellite club for males and females aged 14 to 18-years-old.
The self-defence instructor expects the club to be fully booked, just one way he looks to make an impact on his local community.
“This will be for all young people, in particular those who have experienced difficulties throughout the pandemic and lockdowns of the past year,” Stuart added.
“The funding help from Living Sport will enable participation for the young people and present them with a great opportunity to get active and improve their wellbeing.
“Unfortunately, Covid-19 makes it difficult to plan a full opening schedule, but we are hoping to invite existing members from the judo clubs along to visit the dojo before the end of the month and hope to get some classes started in the new year.”
Ely Dojo is available for hire by the hour and are keen to hear from interested clubs, instructors and other community groups.
If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the club’s Facebook and Instagram pages.