Local girls and boys from Shogun Ju-Jitsu International Ireland’s Antrim Ju-Jitsu Club were celebrating their latest success recently.
They recently successfully completed their coursework and assessments for their Ju-Jitsu ‘Mini-Sensei Junior Coaching Awards’ and were awarded with their ‘Star Awards’ in their new central dojo at Rathenraw Community Centre, Antrim.
The ‘Mini-Sensei Star Awards’ is a new learning initiative for children designed and implemented by local Ju-Jitsu coaches Sensei Mandi Timperley and Master Paul Timperley.
This junior coaching structure is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland which instills a basic sense of health & safety, teamwork and risk assessment into children as young as 7 years old, encouraging them to pass on their knowledge to other children.
Sensei Mandi congratulates all the successful children; “Well done to all the boys and girls of our Mini-Sensei Team who graduated with their Mini-Sensei Coaching Awards. Adam, Ella, Scott, Charli, Dylan and Reaghan did brilliantly over the past 12 weeks in achieving their Star Awards and we are very proud of them!”
Master Paul Timperley (Ireland’s National Ju-Jitsu Coach) said: “The children thoroughly enjoyed the most recent Mini-Sensei course. We aim to make it as much fun as possible for them when they are learning.
“In my opinion this is what sport and martial arts is all about in helping children to develop and enjoy their sports whilst we pass on our knowledge to them, so they in turn can do the same to others.”