When Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo stated “Fall down 7 times, get up 8” he was instilling a message of resilience through Judo and the principles that it can teach.
Yes, you will hit the mat, yes you will experience losses, but the only time that you are truly defeated is when you stop.
So, with the world on a Covid hiatus again, it is inspiring to see some of our clubs fighting back and getting on the mats, all be it metres apart.
For some clubs, we realise there is not the capability to do this within their own environments and we will be assisting all we can in the Covid restrictions period and in the return to the Dojo.
In fact we have a small grant fund available for our clubs which if you haven’t yet taken advantage of, you can by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
For our clubs that have returned, they are all doing so within established guidelines and safe protocols that look after everyone in the club and beyond.
For so many of us Judo is a way of life and we have learned many lessons, gained many friends and experiences on the journey and this one is merely a stumble on the way.
We will break fall, tie our belts, dust ourselves down and come back ready to fight again.
Thank you all for your support, stay safe and please look after yourselves and others.
- N I Government – https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-regulations-guidance-and-what-they-mean-you
- Dept of Health NI – https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/
For advice and guidance on mental health and well-being
- MIND – https://www.mind.org.uk/
- Aware NI – https://www.aware-ni.org/
- Sport NI Wellbeing Hub – http://www.sportni.net/wellbeing/
We would encourage everyone to download the Northern Ireland ‘StopCOVID NI’ App.
Further information and details on how to download the app can be found at https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-stopcovid-ni-proximity-app