Judo clinics are basically lessons of judo. It can be
done at a judo club, together with other
clubs, with a business, there are many possibilities.
Depending on the group it involves learning, play, video,
competition, entertainment, autographs, picture taking,
whatever suits the occasion. I will name the most common
It is always nice to work with the energy of children on
the tatami. Sometimes they learn in a different setting with
new children and a clinic is their chance to fight an
Olympic champion and pose together for a picture afterwards!
A clinic mostly takes place in a judo club or a sports hall.
The number of participants may vary from 10 to hundreds. Of
course, it is possible to divide the participants in two or
three groups of roughly the same level.
I really like to work with experienced judokas. With them I
can share my experience of the details that make the
difference in competition. I have developed several specific
techniques that I have used at the highest level to win
I have been working for years to perfect my technique to
make them as effective as possible. Sometimes this means
working on the basics, sometimes working on the small
A clinic is not only about technique. It is also about
sharing the experience, the philosophy of judo and anecdotes.
I also lead training camps
for judokas that really want to improve their game by
training with me for a few days.
For people who have never played the game of judo, it is
a special experience to put on a judo suit, wear a (white)
belt and step barefoot on the soft judo mat. That's how it
After some explanation and a safe warming-up, we start with
judo and everyone will feel what it is like to grab a
partner, make throws and try to keep someone in a holddown.
Safe, fun and a great way to get to know each other, like
Every occasion and every group requires its own approach.
The set-up can be hundreds of judokas in several groups or
maybe just 10 beginners on the tatami.
I bring equipment to show video footage during the
clinics. Partipants can try their skills on me and everyone
recieves a signed autograph card. For the children, one
autograph might not be enough, I can sign their judo suit,
belt, bag or whatever they like.
Are you interested, do you have questions? Don't hesitate
to contact me to explore the