KOKAKIDS - Junior Judo Magazine
Kokakids - Junior Judo Magazine


How to use Shadow Judo to improve Technique

How to use Shadow Judo to improve Technique

Shadow Judo (Tandoku-Renshu) is used throughout Japan as a regular part of most judo training sessions. No surprise, really. Shadow Training, or Visualisation is a well know technique that has been used by sports psychologists for decades. It is highly effective. And perfect for judo.

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Swopping the judogi for chef whites!

I’m about to embark on a new phase in my life and I’d love it if you would follow my journey!

Forgive me, this is a bit off topic.

Nothing to do with judo, but do read on anyway…

I have just started a new instagram account. You can see it here.

There will be no judo on it – but I hope you will follow me anyway.

It will be about my journey into a completely new phase of my life, as I swop the judogi for chef’s whites.

Over the next year, I will stage (intern) as a chef at various Michelin restaurants in Spain and around the world.

I’m really excited about it, it’s something I’ve been waiting a long time to do.

This instagram account will record the ups and the downs, and what happens along the way.

There’s going to be a lot of incredible food, knives and probably the odd snowboarding pic for good measure. 

So, if that’s your thing, please do follow me: @nicola_fairbrother

Your follows will really help get this off the ground for me,

Many thanks,

Nicola Fairbrother, MBE, 7th Dan
1992 Olympic Silver Medallist
1993 Judo World Champion
Koka Kids director

PS. Incase you’re wondering … Koka Kids, the magazine, the Dojo Banners, the judo resources are all still continuing as normal, and I’m still very much involved. Any questions, do just email.
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The one question every coach must ask their students when teaching the art of randori

the art of randori

The one question every coach must ask their students when teaching the art of randori

There’s a lot to process during any randori. It’s imperative to have the right attitude, a proper understanding and clear objectives. I’ve found if you don’t have these in place from outset then a meaningful randori is going to be hard to achieve. By having this winning mind-set clear in your mind before you start then you are more likely to finish each randori having learnt more and ultimately become a better judoka. Read more

How to ensure 2019 is your best judo coaching year yet

How to ensure 2019 is your best judo coaching year yet

 I love new year’s resolutions, taking stock on where things are at and planning forward to make the next year better still. With new judo classes looming it’s important to carve out some time to think about your approach for 2019. Here are 4 resources that will help make 2019 your best judo coaching year yet.

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Six Dojo Drills To Master


This term, we challenge you to learn these six drills:

In the latest edition of the Koka Kids Junior Judo magazine (issue 54, winter 2018) there are six drills. Complete them all  to receive this Dojo Drills certificate. Subscribe your judo club to the Koka Kids Judo Magazine today and get more drills like this every school term.

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Dojo Drill: Kesa-Gatame to Kuzure Kesa-Gatame

Dojo Drill: Kesa-Gatame to Kuzure Kesa-Gatame

In this post we look at Kesa-Gatame and Kuzure Kesa-Gatame and how to teach your judoka the fundamental skill of moving from one hold to another during newaza. At the end of this post there is are two free certificates for you to download and give to your judoka. Read more

How To Teach This Simple Ne-waza Turn Over

How To Teach This Simple Ne-waza Turn Over

How to turn over in judo


Here is a simple Ne-waza Turn Over. Teach your judoka how to turn their partner from  all fours to finish in osae-komi. At the end of this post there is a free Key-Stage Teaching Card to download and give to your judoka to help them study this technique. Read more

How to Teach Newaza

How to Turn Toketa into Osae-Komi

Teach Judo Groundwork


Teach this ne-waza drill to help your judoka get past defences and into a hold down. At the end of this post there is a free Certificate for you to download and give to your judoka once they’ve learnt this skill.

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5 Benefits for Your Dojo when you Subscribe

Why subscribing to the Koka Kids Magazine will benefit your dojo.

Ready-made lesson plans. A way to retain judoka. A platform to communicate to your judoka about what’s going on. A gift for new members.

Coaches use Koka Kids for these and many more reasons to benefit their dojo. Take out a Club Subscription and see the benefits yourself.  Read more

Sneak Preview: What’s in this issue of Koka Kids?


2018 Judo Dojo Banners

Dojo Marketing



Just enough information, so that passerby looks up your club website, or maybe steps inside the door to ask you how their child can join the next class. Read more

Be Santa at Your Dojo


A Club Subscription – could be a great gift for your judoka!


It’s not too late to get the Christmas Edition of the Koka Kids Judo Magazine ordered for ALL your club members! Give it out at your Christmas party, on the last session of this term – and keep their interest in judo going.


Order for Christmas now


6 Easy Ways You Could Use Koka Kids at YOUR Dojo and Keep Judoka Interested in Judo!


1 – Laminate the judo technique pages, have the kids point to the throws, name the judo techniques or demonstrate the throw.


2 – Use the drills in the magazine to give you some new ideas on how to teach a technique. In the Christmas edition there are 8 drills to help practise Ippon Seoi-Nage and Tate Shiho-Gatame and Mae-Ukemi.


3 – Give the magazine as a prize to reward outstanding effort or attendance.


4 – Publish a club advert inside the magazine letting your members know about camps and classes that are coming up.


5 – Inspire your judoka. Let them read about famous players and understand that they are part of a wider judo world. In the Christmas edition we interview World Number 1, Natalie Powell. There is a poster of Natalie for the juniors to keep.


6 – Keep some copies in your club to give out to new children or at taster sessions, it helps to break down nervous barriers as they come into the club for the first time.


7 – Print up the certifcates and posters


So, how to Subscribe?

See the rates here at the Koka Kids. If you need more than 100 copies get in touch for a discounted rate.

Then it’s easy. You sit back, and every term we will send your magazines to your doorstep, for you to hand out to your judoka just like Santa.