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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.

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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 – updated info!

Dojo Marketing

Update: 2020 Judo Banner Print Run – Coming Soon! Sign up here

Dojo Banners are back! Are you interested in judo banners for your dojo? You are! Great news. We will be printing again soon. Sign up now to be on the 2020 Dojo Banners Mailing List 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.



Become a JudoInside hero

You can become a JudoInside hero

A guest post written by Hans Van Essen, the mastermind behind JudoInside.com

As a young athlete you have set your ambitions, the end of the line is the Olympic title. One of the things is judo is to become Olympic Champion as a person. However the values of judo come along with your own milestones. You want to become a champion, or at least win a medal. That may give you access to another milestone: have your name in JudoInside.com

JudoInside provides you all the information of your Judo heroes. Look up what achievements Nicola Fairbrother had during her career, how triple Olympic champion Tadahiro Nomura peaked, or stylist Shohei Ono. All your judo heroes are in this online database.

Not just the current heroes, but the ones from the past. Heroes that you may have not heard of, they were the Ono’s, Basile’s and Riner’s of the past.

Use JudoInside to analyse the heroes, become one yourself. Become part of judo history and learn from the heroes of the past.

Judo ambassador, Olympic champion and triple world champion Ilias Iliadis said: “We are all human, we all have our technique, our ambitions, but dare to dream big. In Judo it’s all possible.”

Discover the opportunity and dare to dream big. Your next medal starts with JudoInside.com



Kesa Gatame – certificate

Here is another of our great Dojo Drills – this one is to help you improve groundwork judo.

Coaches – you can use this free download of the Kesa Gatame certificate and give this to your judoka once they have mastered freeing their leg and applying the osae-komi.

Want to download more digital resources to help children learn judo? Take a look at Top Ten Throws (for beginners to intermediates) and Advanced Judo (for err… well advanced judoka)