Fighting spirit expands to northern suburbs

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A GROWING Tasmanian judo gym now has a place to call its own after moving into the YMCA Centre in Glenorchy.

Seishin Martial Arts has revamped a room at the YMCA Hobart to create a permanent gym after previously hiring out the dojo at the Sandy Bay UniGym and the Howrah Community Centre.

Seishin Martial Arts was originally established by Carla and Lewis Willing to support people living with an intellectual, sensory or physical disability in no limits judo, but has recently expanded to coaching and training people in mainstream judo.

“A lot of our no limits judo guys are progressing to the point where they can integrate into mainstream judo classes, which meant there was a space for us to start classes,” Ms Willing said.

“We’re now located centrally here in Glenorchy and only here.

“This has meant that we could open up judo in the Glenorchy area to anyone and everyone, and we’ve also started judo in school programs around the state.”

The new space provides Seishin with a bigger training space and was customised by a painter who painted the logo and the club’s slogan on the wall – “the fighting spirit has no limits.”

AllCare Physiotherapy sponsored the mats for the gym.

“We’ve now got access anytime we want, so we’re able to run private classes, group classes and fitness classes if we want to – it’s a really flexible space for us,” Ms Willing said.

Ms Willing said the club had just hit 51 members and was continuing to grow.

“All our players from Sandy Bay and Howrah came over with us and we haven’t lost any players at all, which is wonderful to see how committed to the team they are – we’ve also recruited 16 new players this year already,” she said.

“This has just bumped us into the second largest judo club in Tassie and I think we’re now the largest disability support judo gym in Australia.”

Twenty-year-old Phoebe Ladlow has been doing judo since she was 14, but has only been with Seishin since mid-August last year.

She has recently transitioned from no limits judo to mainstream judo after showing significant progress.

“I really enjoy the throws and holds,” Ms Ladlow said.

“It’s helped me become more encouraging to other because I’m planning on teaching the little kids.”

For more information or to sign up, visit the Seishin Martial Arts Facebook page, contact seishintas@gmail.com or phone 0408 267 867.

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