Ngā kaupapa: Education, Health

Girls empowered by girls-only judo class

Talisa Kupenga
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Hei whakatipu ake i ngā nama o ngā kaiwhawhai wāhine Judo ki te whāriki, e āraihina e te Karapū Judo o Tūranga i tētahi pō kōtiro hei whakaako ki ngā wāhine i ngā mahi wawao tinana. Ki tā te Fifth Dan Sensei Kiki Velloza, he kaupapa tino rorotu, a, e hikaka ana hoki ia ki te kite i te ekenga o ngā nama o ngā kōtiro e mahi i te hākinakina Judo.

Koinei pea ngā kaiwhawhai toa o te Kapa Judo o Tūranga a ngā tau e heke mai nei.

Hei tā Kiki Velloza, Ngāti Porou, "So I got all the girls that do Judo during the week, offered them a free class on Friday nights and then invited their mums, their sisters and so all the boys, because it's girls only, can have their mums come down so that's how it started and we've been doing it for about a year and a half now."

I timatahia te akomanga i runga i te hekenga o ngā kaiwhawhai wahine, a, ki te whakakī hoki i tā rātou kete wawao tinana.

Ko tā Velloza, "So If we had everyone on the mat on one night I would say we'd have about 45 girls, and we've got some new mums aswell so I'm really happy.

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Hei tā Jasmine (10) "You can make lots of friends and learn lots of moves for how to defend yourself in life.”

"Like you're going to flip them over onto a mat,” tā Grace (5).

Ko tā Kaiawha (11), "I like it how all the girls can join up together and get to know eachotherand just be away from the boys."

"To not be scared to flip them and like not be scared to go out there,” hei tā Lexi (11).

Ko Velloza te kaiwhakaako, te kaiwhakahaere anō hoki mā Darcina Manuel, he uri nō Ngāti Porou e noho ana ki Perth.

Ko tā Jason King, 5th Dan, Kapa Judo ki Tūranga "Kiki has spent alot of time with Darcina at various tournaments around the world and I think they gel really well."

Ko te manako o Velloza ka kake ngā nama kaiwhawhai wāhine ki te Judo. Hei te Wenerei ka wehe a ia rāua ko Manuel ki te Taumāhekeheke o te Ao ki Rio.