Dr George Kerr CBE launches judo club in Stornoway

Launch of Stornoway Judo Club with Rosanna Osborne and George Kerr.
Launch of Stornoway Judo Club with Rosanna Osborne and George Kerr.

Scotland’s ‘Mr Judo’, Dr George Kerr CBE, has opened his award winning Junior Judo Club in Stornoway last week (27th January 2011).

The former British and European champion has been teaching kids Judo for over four decades and now with the participation of other international level judo coaches, George is making top-flight tuition available to youngsters in the Hebrides, for the first time.

Backed by The Scottish Salmon Company, the club will be open to boys and girls aged four to 15. Based at Stornoway Leisure Centre, it will be held every Thursday and is already over-subscribed. Every new member of the club is given a judo jacket from The Scottish Salmon Company to use for lessons.

To mark the launch, George also visited local schools and conducted judo sessions with primary children.

Commenting on the launch, George said: “Judo teaches self-defence, self-confidence and self-control and it is serious fun for young kids.

“I am delighted that The Scottish Salmon Company and Stornoway Leisure Centre are supporting this club. Without their help we would not be able to bring Judo to Stornoway and give kids here the opportunity to develop their fitness and confidence through this fantastic sport.”

George Kerr is one of only a handful of living people in the world today to hold a tenth Dan in Judo. There is no higher honour in the sport and almost all the holders are in Japan. Earlier this month, George was also awarded the Order of the Rising Star by the Japanese government in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the promotion of judo. George received his CBE in this year’s New Year’s Honours.

George also spearheads the healthy living programme for The Scottish Salmon Company and has been holding a number of taster sessions in partnership with the firm up and down the country over the past few months.

Bill Hazeldean, CEO of The Scottish Salmon Company, welcomed the official opening of Junior Judo in Stornoway.

“George epitomises healthy living and we are delighted to be sponsoring his Junior Judo Club. We believe that it will be valued and enjoyed by many youngsters and their parents in the Hebrides.”

The Junior Judo Club is registered with and approved by the British Judo Association.