Group of the Week: Azami Falkirk Judo Club

Azami means thistle in Japanese. Picture: Gary Hutchison (140043)
Azami means thistle in Japanese. Picture: Gary Hutchison (140043)

Learning a martial art is proven to be one of the most healthiest ways of keeping fit and the mind sharp.

Hallglen’s Azami Falkirk Judo Club has one of the best reputations in the district and is known to produce affluent players who compete at the highest level of the sport.

The club was formed 18 years ago as an amalgamation of the Azami Grangemouth and Falkirk judo clubs.

Azami is the Japanese for thistle.

Senior coach Gregor Gardner, a founder member, said: “The club was first set up to accommodate the Hallglen community but it now encompasses people from all over the central belt, however, it is still run on a community basis.

“Although the club has a high competition profile, we cater for all needs and all levels including recreational players, players with various disabilities and high performance players.

“Over the years there’s been many adults and children who have become very affluent at the sport.”

WHO: Azami Falkirk Judo Club

WHERE: Hallglen Sports Centre, Island Crescent

WHEN: Week nights from 6.30 p.m.

CONTACT: Gregor Gardner, (01324) 637958

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