Recreational Judo Player at Southend Judo Club

My Relationships in Judo

Since I have thrown myself into Judo, I have made a lot of friends. I have had a lot of help and support within Southend Judo Club and I have learnt to trust a lot of its members.

It gets easier once you trust them to be more relaxed during training session, which makes it more enjoyable. Once you start making more friends, it makes you feel more like part of the club and the judo community. You start to become comfortable with the sport which makes it better for everyone. It’s easy to make friends in a club as you see them every week and in time, you really get to know everyone.

I would say since I’ve started judo last year, I have made a few friends, but it’s probably too early to say I have made any lifelong friends as I haven’t had enough time to really bond with them yet. Hopefully, this will change the longer I am in the sport.

During my time in judo, the friendships I have made have proven to be very supportive and crucial to my development in the sport. I started off quite slowly and if I hadn’t had all that help and support from the people around me at the club, I wouldn’t have progressed as much as I have.

Emma Palmer