SWALE MARTIAL ARTS CLUB
Warriorís Grappling Academy/Young Judo Club/Sittingbourne Judo Society
Young Judo Club was formed in 1957 by John Nobby Clarke 6th Dan 1927-1990 and Margret Clarke 4th Dan 1926 - 2004
The Warriors Grappling Academy (WGA) was founded in 1986 to cater initially for Sambo/Sombo, but since then we have branched out to many forms of grappling including Belt Wrestling, Kurash, SportCombatSombo, Judo, SportCombatSombo, Submission Wrestling and Pankration.
Sittingbourne Judo Society was formed in 2000 to accommodate a British Judo Association Club
The Clubs with SMAC are fully insured and has always kept up to date with new innovations and regulations. Hence we demand all our coaches to have first aid certificates, be fully qualified and insured. Likewise, all pupils have to join the IBF/BCSA which is recognised by the governing body for Sambo in Great Britain, (the British Sambo Federation) for insurance purposes. The Clubs are also affiliated to the British Grappling Association , International Budo Federation, British Wrestling Association and British Judo Association
Grappling/Martial Arts should be an enjoyable educational experience - something we are proud of. The Club encourages its students to compete and strive to improve themselves. One way is to participate in grading/belt promotion.
The Club uses the belt colour system to denote your rank (progression). This method of grading is often used in many other martial arts/combat disciplines and is based on the belt system which was first introduced by Jigaro Kano - the founder of Judo - and has been widely adopted by most martial arts/combat disciplines.
As a student progresses through the curriculum, the process of grading occurs to test the student's skills alongside their discipline, leadership skills and humility. The rank (belt) achieved should always be looked upon as an honour; it is not a 'status symbol' and should in no way be treated this way.
The belt system works through the colours starting with white belt and progressing all the way to black belt (known as a Degree). On average it takes approximately three years for a student to progress through the colour belts and reach 1st Degree - Black Belt rank. This achievement is based on attendance, attitude and technical knowledge/ability.
Students in general should grade every 4 - 6 months. Some will move quicker than others. However, itís not about getting to your goal the quickest; itís about making the most of your journey towards your goal. The student should always push themselves to understand the techniques and how to use them effectively, ask questions and condition their mind and body, start to see what is possible. The more training, the faster the progression. All our gradings are carried out under the auspices of the various governing bodies we belong to.
Junior gradings are different to senior gradings as the link above will explain. It is important to remember that children are not mini adults and thus are graded and coached differently. The Club actively encourages all its pupils to participate in as many varied grappling competitions, courses and gradings as possible. We prides itself on the fact that all its coaches have risen within the Club and we encourage senior grades to become coaches, referees and officials. On behalf of the various national governing bodies we organise courses at the Academy including those which are require for good management, such as First Aid.
It is not all about work. We do have a thriving social side organising Award Nights, disco's for all the family, and money raising events to help with the cost of travelling to competitions.
Our members have County, Area, National, International and World titles, which we are very proud of, but the most important thing is participation.