LAKAY Judo Club’s youngsters are jumping for joy about their new club training venue.
The club started as an informal, backyard family judo club at the Cloverdale residence of club president and volunteer head coach Lito Uyami.
The first participants were Mr Uyami’s close friends’ children, who grew up watching their ‘Uncle Lito’ train and compete in judo tournaments at state, national and international levels.
When the backyard club reached full capacity, Mr Uyami reached out to the City of Belmont, who helped the club get a secured training venue at Centenary Park Community Centre on Sundays and provided funding for judo playing and landing mats.
Club secretary Candice Uyami said there were currently around 50 members of the club, including trainees and volunteers, with trainees ranging in age from six to 45.
“Judo is a very welcoming sport which does not limit performance due to a person’s age, gender or weight,” Ms Uyami said.
Participants grip the judo uniform, or judogi, and use the forces of balance, power and movement to subdue each other.
Ms Uyami said individuals were welcome to visit the club during Sunday training from 12.30pm to 4pm at the multi-purpose hall at Centenary Park Community Centre, Belmont.
The club can be contacted by calling Candice Uyami on 0416 374 372, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or heading to lakayjudo.wixsite.com/belmontwa.