As A Parent
The dojo is a school. When you take your children to school, you normally don't stand in the doorway all day and watch them at their classes. We do want you to stay and watch if you can and we certainly welcome your comments. However, it is a good idea to talk to your child about whether your presence while they practice or compete is disruptive to their concentration and respect their feelings about it. Comments or gestures directed at children while they are practicing are counter productive and unacceptable.
One of the best ways to be supportive is to provide positive feedback and encouragement after the practice. When doing so, be specific and base your comments on observations from the practice.
The above works for tournaments as well. As to when your child is ready to participate in a tournament, my feeling has always been to wait until they ask. Tournaments should be fun and exciting with the emphasis on skill, strategy, learning and character. Our students must respect their opponents by not celebrating when they win or show overt disappointment when they lose. Under no circumstances is it acceptable to engage in derogatory or intimidating dialogue with any opponent. This applies to practice as well.
"I ask that all my students try and help to maintain our good reputation in BC Judo and in our community in order to promote the sport of judo."
Judo BC has put together a fun, fact-filled website aimed at kids and their parents that can be a great resource. Visit Judo BC Kids to learn more.
As A Student
Preparing for Class
Spectators / Visitors
Strong, vibrant and clean sportsmanlike judo is always encouraged. Humor and having fun is the true spirit of our sport and way of life. Enjoy what you do!
The true spirit includes executing excellent judo without hurting or intimidating your fellow judoka. All students have the right to learn at their own pace, with the help and support of their teachers and their fellow judoka.