Frequently Asked Questions
  1. How much does it cost?
  2. What is Judo?
  3. How do I get started?
  4. Is this club for children, or for adults?
  5. How old does my child need to be to start Judo?
  6. What about Karate?
  1. How much does it cost?

    We strive to keep fees as low as possible for all those involved. The club is entirely volunteer run, and the dues collected go directly to necessities such as electricity and other bills. The current cost, on a per-class basis, is $3.00 per person, or $5.00 per family. Dues are only required for nights that you actually participate.In addition, all participants in Judo will require membership in one of the national Judo federations. We accept memberships in either the USJI or the USJA. Yearly dues for these groups are approximately $50.00, and provide necessary coverage for Judo-related activities. For liability reasons, we cannot allow persons without a membership in one of these groups to train.Although not absolutely required, we do recommend that all participants purchase a good quality judogi. We sell them through our club at no profit to ourselves, and they are available through a number of other vendors. Prices vary depending on size, but a typical child’s judogi will run somewhere around $35.00.We do not charge any additional fees for belt testing, though we do ask that if you (or your child) are awarded a higher rank, that you pay $5.00 to cover the actual cost of the new belt.

  2. What is Judo?

    Judo is a Japanese martial art developed in the late 1800’s by Professor Jigoro Kano, who was a master of many forms of the ancient art of Jujutsu. He combined what he felt was the most useful techniques of Jujutsu into a comprehensive art and called it Judo, which translates roughly to “The Gentle Way”. In order to allow its practice by all walks of society, Kano removed from practice the techniques that were unsafe to train against a live opponent.Judo consists of standing techniques and ground techniques. The standing techniques primarily involve ways to throw an opponent, while the ground techniques focus on ways to control an opponent with whom you have grappled, similar in some ways to wrestling. Because the more dangerous techniques, such as striking and attacking the vital areas of an opponent have been moved to katas, Judo is able to be practiced at full, or near-full, strength in randori (sparring) or shiai (competition). Another integral skill taught in Judo is that of ukemi, being able to fall safely after being thrown, which has applications that extend far beyond the dojo.This is only a capsule description of Judo. For further information, you may visit the excellent Judoinfo site, or see the entry on Judo at Wikipedia.

  3. How do I get started?

    Just come on in! For beginners, we recommend coming to a Thursday night class to observe the class and determine whether or not this is something that they would be interested in. Prospective students may sign up in the office of the club. We are able to provide registration for USJI memberships at the club, so it is possible to start immediately. We are also able to sell judogis, provided we have the desired size in stock. For Judo, we recommend beginning with Thursday night classes, as these are more structured and geared towards all level of experience. We ask that participants be comfortable with randori and falling safely before attending Tuesday night classes. If you have any questions about whether you or your child is ready for Tuesday nights, please talk to one of the senseis.

  4. Is this club for children, or for adults?

    Both! We have juniors and seniors in the Judo club, and we welcome interested parties from all age groups. It is worth noting, however, that we have a large number of children present, especially on Thursday nights, so adults training need to be cognizant of this and behave in an appropriate manner. If sharing the mats with a large number of juniors is a problem, this may not be the club for you. Karate, however, is adults only.

  5. How old does my child need to be to start Judo?

    The answer to this question varies from child to child. Typically, five years is a common minimum age for children to begin training Judo. However, we have had a few children as young as four. On the other hand, some children are ready until six or seven. We would encourage you to come observe a class with a child and to evaluate whether you feel your child is ready for the format of the classes. They will need to be able to pay attention, to obey the instructor and a willingness to participate in the training exercises. We also encourage you to speak with the senseis directly in regards to assessing readiness.

  6. What about Karate?

    The Karate club meets on Monday nights and practices Shorin-Ryu Kenpo Karate. It is taught by Mike Woodson and is a comprehensive, no-nonsense form of personal self-defense. Due to the level of maturity required, the Karate club is geared towards a higher beginning age group than the Judo club. Interested persons should speak to Mike Woodson or come by on Mondays to observe a class.

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