The members of the Port Hawkesbury Judo Club are looking forward to seeing new Judokas visit the club. All are welcome on Thursday night at 5 p.m. in the dojo located above the Strait Area Community Curling Club.

PORT HAWKESBURY: Two coaches from days gone by have returned to the Port Hawkesbury Judo Club to lead classes.

“The club needed some help, and I was more than willing to come out,” said Wayne Reynolds, meeting with The Reporter last Thursday night.

Reynolds and his son Elliotte will now be the main men at the club, leading classes every Thursday night at 5 p.m. Right now, the classes run for an hour, but there’s also an additional half hour beginning at 6 p.m. for those who want to train a little harder.

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Classes take place in the upstairs loft of the Strait Area Community Curling Club, and the coaches said that, in the months to come, they might expand from the one-class-a-week format.

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Elliotte Reynolds tussles with a young Judoka at the Port Hawkesbury Judo Club.

The Reynolds are no strangers to Judo. Wayne coached up until the early 2000s, and Elliotte was a high-level competitor at that time.

“Hopefully, we’ll get some other black belts back out too. They know who they are, and I’ll be calling if they don’t come out,” Reynolds said.

“The first hour is more or less fun with Judo still being the main objective, but the second half hour we’re focusing on throwing and more intense techniques.”

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Wayne Reynolds offers some pointers.

There are lots of reasons to practice Judo, Reynolds said. It’s a fun martial art that allows you to compete at tournaments or practice just for better health through exercise. For athletes who are committed to other sports, like hockey or baseball, Judo would give them a workout that hits their muscles and cardiovascular systems in a unique way.

There are few workouts better for core strength than tussling with a knowledgeable opponent.

“And at the younger ages, they might not realize it but they’re getting discipline and learning self-respect,” Wayne said.

New arrivals of any age are welcome at the dojo. The best way to get your foot in the door is to visit the club Thursday night, but newcomers are also welcome e-mail: porthawkesburyjudoclub@gmail.com for more information.

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Sports reporter Grant McDaniel is a Port Hood native, who after graduating from StFX University, joined The Reporter in 2001.