Pilot project in a primary school in Leipzig

Leipzig.First an hour of mathematics, then a study of general knowledge and then judo. This is what the timetable for grades three and four at Geschwister-Scholl Primary School in Gohlis looks like.

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Karina Seieverth not only studies sports, history, and mathematics to become a teacher, but she is also a successful judoka. Putting everything under one roof requires a lot of self-discipline and planning. The 25-year-old is battling in the second German Bundesliga with her women’s team, Powerfrauen JC Leipzig, of whom she is captain. This season, winning the league and being promoted to League One is once again possible.

Seiwith, who is on his way to his first state exam, now teaches and mentors nearly 200 children in grades three and four at Geschwister-Scholl Primary School in Gohlis on the subject of judo each week. The project was scheduled to run for ten weeks and end this week. In the first hour it was still theoretical. What is judo actually? What is important in sports? Karina Seiferth has developed a book for this purpose, which German teachers follow with children.

Judo, the gentle way

The student teacher is not interested in recruiting young people for the club. Instead, their goal is to make the sport better known, but also about the values ​​that judo conveys. In five daily stories, children learn about the ten judo values: friendship, help, respect, politeness, restraint, seriousness, humility, appreciation, courage, and honesty. The stories are short and easy to understand.

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Asian martial arts judo means “gentle way”. The philosophy behind it is not to harm others. The goal is to throw the opponent on his back or pin him to the ground without intentionally harming him. Each person receives a jute bag along with a judo suit for the duration of the project. Here, too, it means taking responsibility.

In the first practical hour, the children learned how to properly wear a suit and traditional salutations and goodbyes during training. Discipline and calm are important in opening a judo lesson. You can tell that Karina Sieverth can handle the group quite well. Over and over again you build action games between your judo exercises.

Children first learn different falling techniques. “This is important to reduce the risk of infection,” explains Carina Seiferth. In teams, you check how newcomers to judo perform exercises. Sports educator Katie Hellgruber also looks at how her gym is doing. Some who otherwise don’t get good grades in the subject of sports get themselves out here or can also get points for the lessons in the exercise book. Also unusual for some kids: In Corona times, the motto was to keep your distance. Physical contact is required in judo. Fighting with each other, they pull and tighten the lapel of the suit. The duel between children takes place according to the rules.

JCL Judoka Fight Show

Ten-year-old children Edgar and Oscar are happy with the diversity in physical education, like their classmates. Edgar joins additional training. Accompanied by the Judo School Project, children can take the White and Yellow Belt Exam at the end of the project week. “The training is great and I enjoy it. We learn more there than we do in school,” says Edgar. He already knows the O-Soto-Otoshi throwing technique, which only his classmates learn.

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It is planned to highlight the end of the project: Carina Seiferth will bring the JCL teammates to an exhibition fight. Many of them have years of experience and most of them are black belts.

The pilot project was started by Haiko Seidlitz, a former German champion and head coach and now an elementary school teacher. It shouldn’t stay that way when it comes to Carina Seiferth and Haiko Seidlitz. Both can imagine implementing the project in other schools. However, the association needs financial support for this. “We wanted to start before the summer holidays and experience how it was received by students, teachers and parents.” They paid for the first suits and bags from the club’s locker. They hope sponsors will pay for the suits and bags.

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