HER schoolwork has clearly not suffered as she strives to reach the top in her chosen sport. READ MORE
Rae Anderson celebrated securing five As in her Higher examinations – to go with her high level of achievement in judo. The determined 17-year-old from Walkerburn has managed to squeeze in important study time around her hectic training schedule for the Japanese martial art.
Judo (meaning "gentle way") is a modern martial art, combat and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano . Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defenses are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata,) and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice. A judo practitioner is called a judoka.