JUDO FOR INCLUSION
Judo Klub Sokol is a judo club that has been working in the city of Ljubljana for already 24 years. We are an enthusiastic small club with a lot of warm-hearted and open-minded people, aiming to contribute to the development of our society.
We started as a section of the Judo Club Golovec in 1987. This section became so numerous that we decided to set up an independent club in 1993, with the main goal of spreading the philosophy of this martial art in Ljubljana (Slovenia). Initially, our club started with a very few members, but with the effort and dedication of everybody, started growing slowly.
In the recent years, our club has experienced a substantial growth, and it has turned into an institution that works for the improvement of society using sports as a tool to achieve this goal. However, it has never lost the atmosphere that characterizes it, being always a family club where everybody is welcome and free to bring new ideas.
As a good example of it, most of the people who are working or volunteering in the club were practising judo with us previously, and some of them are even combining working and participating in classes as judo pupils as well. All trainers are proffesional judokas with broad experience on teaching, some of them were very successful competitors in national and international judo competitions.
We are also one of the few sport clubs in Slovenia that welcome judokas with disabilities in our classes, including them in every activity we make, and integrating them into the groups, in order to give them an opportunity to participate as anyone else.
Inclusion is the main topic that concerns us nowdays. We are working very hard on showing our society that it is possible to include people with disabilities in the same classes as people without disabilities, thus normalizing a situation that we find unfair. Many times families with kids with disabilities have to face barriers when they are trying to enroll their kids in sports, just because they are different. That is our reason, to work for a more human world, in which everyone can participe and bring their skills to our activities.
We are working with people aged from 5 to 75 years old. Currently, we're around 300 members.
Apart from judo, we also organize different activities to enrich the leisure time of our citizens, such as: Birthday parties, summer activities, holiday camps, self-defense, yoga lessons, excursions, etc.
In order to improve, we're also open for foreign people to come and share their knowledge. We love having volunteers from other countries who are willing to help by bringing different ideas and way of thinking, especially those who love working with kids. We find having different cultural backgrounds a very interesting way of enriching our work and taking a broader view of the situations that happen in our daily routine.
Written by Pablo Barrera Espada in July 2017
We will be glad to hear from you. You can contact us on:
Contact person: Viktorija Pečnikar Oblak
Telephone: 00 386 31 766 880
Address: Pokopališka ulica 35, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU
Open hours: Monday till Friday from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
At the moment, our judo team is composed of the following amazing people >> O klubu