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Judo, "The Gentle Way", is a Japanese martial art founded by Jigoro Kano in 1882. 

Judo principals "Maximum Efficiency, Minimum Effort" and "Mutual Welfare and Benefit" are taught throughout our training sessions.

Judo is more than a “martial art,” it is a martial way.  It develops its practitioners physically, emotionally, and spiritually by teaching respect and honor throughout sport. It literally means “the way of gentleness” in Japanese.


Our goal is to develop each student in his or her individual goals and abilities and to help them reach their maximum potential in a positive environment. We approach Judo in a safe, systematic way, ensuring that our instruction fits your ability and confidence level. Our program is not about winning or losing – it is about learning! 

Judo consists of getting into condition, learning to fall, throwing techniques, pins/grappling, control holds, and submissions. It does NOT involve striking, kicking, or the use of weapons.

There are numerous benefits of practicing Judo. These include:

  1. Confidence

  2. Discipline

  3. Focus

  4. Commitment

  5. Compassion & Understanding

  6. Physical Fitness

  7. Respect of others


All of our judo students actually participate in free practice, known as randori. All the techniques in Judo are fundamentally safe when practiced properly. Randori is a safe means of testing one’s skills against a resisting opponent. In many respects, this is a form of preparation for life’s many obstacles. Just as in life, we do not always have success, but there is always something to learn by winning and losing. By doing randori, students learn how to compete within the rules, develop persistence, resolve, and perseverance.

At its core, Judo develops good character. It teaches students how to face adversity and how to overcome it.  The movements in Judo result in increased flexibility and balance.  Judo also instills good sportsmanship and discipline. Students learn how to work individually and with their team. At the beginning and end of a match, both contestants must bow to their opponent as a sign of respect. These acknowledgements signify their willingness to engage in a competition for each other’s benefit and to respect winning or losing/learning.


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