DERRY — Young athletes are learning the art of judo through the Derry Judo Club’s regular program at Veterans Hall.
Every week, students participate in the classes led by Roger Lenfest, a 3rd degree black belt and nationally certified coach. He is assisted by Derry Judo Club founder Chris Veziris, a 6th degree black belt and also certified on the national judo scale for his coaching techniques.
Judo lessons in Derry have been taught for several years under the umbrella of the Derry Parks and Recreation Department.
Students signing up for judo lessons are first taught all about conditioning, then how to simple roll and fall.
After that, more structured and supervised attention is given to more throwing moves and ground techniques.
Depending on a student’s age, they may also learn about strangle holds and arm bars.
All students joining the Derry Judo Club must also be a member of the U.S. Judo Association. The association sanctions all ranks given through the Derry program.
All membership and registration forms are available through the Parks and Recreation office in Veterans Hall.
To learn more about judo lessons in Derry call 432-6136. Lessons are held Monday and Wednesday nights from 7 to 8:30 at Veterans Hall, 31 West Broadway.