Kids Judo

(Ages 4 to 7)

​Program Objectives

  • Develop physical and motor skills.

  • Improve balance, flexibility and coordination.

  • Concussion safety training

  • Build self-confidence 

It's so much fun to see your kid develop key physical, motor and social skills through Judo! Young children experience their world through movement. As they grow and explore their environment, they develop physical and motor skills. Participating in Judo provides children with a safe, supportive, and unique opportunity to explore an array of movements and improve their balance, flexibility, and coordination. The goal of the Kids Judo class is to introduce young children to the fundamental movements of traditional Japanese Judo. These fundamental movements include learning how to properly fall with a focus on reducing the risk of major injury. As the dangers of concussions and second impact syndrome become more apparent, the ability to safely protect one’s head during a fall becomes increasingly important. Instilling these instinctual reactions to falling at a young age is crucial for protecting young children throughout their lifetime.

Juniors Judo

(Ages 7 to 12)

​Program Objectives

  • Fundamental and traditional Japanese Judo techniques

  • Instill discipline, respect and building self-confidence through judo traditional etiquette and Judo philosophy

  • Overcome unhealthy habits

  • Concussion safety training

  • Participate in local and national competitions

Students of the Juniors program will learn traditional Japanese Judo fundamentals and techniques. As students improve and progress, they will have the opportunity to participate in local and national competitions. In addition to the sport and competitive aspects of Judo, another primary focus of the Juniors program is on traditional etiquette and judo philosophy. Proper manners, discipline, confidence, respect, and honor are just a few of the many values emphasized in the Juniors program. As a result of the supportive and nurturing this class environment many students. experience improvements in self-esteem and efficacy.

Adults Judo

(Ages 13 and Up)

​Program Objectives

  • Introduction to basic moves, positions, and the fundamentals of Judo

  • Better mental health and stress relief

  • Fitness benefits (Lose weight and get in shape)

  • Overcome unhealthy habits

  • Improve your energy levels

  • Participate in local and national competitions

  • Start a new chapter in your life to relieve ennui/boredom

The Adult class is designed for beginners with little or no experience. The adult classes introduce traditional Japanese Judo fundamentals including 9 different basic Judo standing techniques.
In addition to physical and technical skills, the Advanced Adult Judo class focuses on highly competitive Judo techniques, effective at the national and international levels, and improving students’ mental strength and emotional control before, during, and after competitions.

Technical Judo

(Ages 13 and Up)

​Program Objectives

  • Physical and Basic Judo exercises

  • Introduction to a variety of standing/ground techniques

  • The basic principles and concepts of Judo

  • Fundamental knowledge and skills of Judo

Those in search of learning new techniques, abandoning bad habits, or simply witnessing clean Japanese Judo are welcome to join the technical Judo class. Born and raised in Japan, Nakano Sensei brings the purest and most effective form of Japanese Judo to the Bay Area. Appropriate for Judoka of all levels, the technical Judo class focuses on the minute details of a variety of Judo techniques and exercises. In order to create the most effective learning environment possible, questions, comments, and dialogue are strongly encouraged from all participants. The technical Judo class provides students with the opportunity to develop a strong technical base to further build on and improve their Judo. The class is strongly encouraged for new students!

Core Development

(Ages 7-12)

​Program Objectives

  • Enhance strength and endurance 

  • Prepare for upcoming competitions 

  • Improve overall health and fitness 

In addition to effective technical skills, strength and conditioning is vital to the success of a judo competitor. In our strength and conditioning class, students are guided through a series of exercises specifically designed to enhance one’s strength and endurance in judo competition. This class also provides non-competitor students an opportunity to improve balance, coordination, and overall physical fitness. 

Strength and Conditioning

(Ages 13 and Up)

​Program Objectives

  • To get in shape

  • Improve strength and condition

  • Learn drills and exercises specific to judo techniques

  • Improve overall health and fitness 

In this program students acquire skills for drilling motor movement specific to improving judo techniques. Students will also gain overall strength and conditioning.

All Level Judo

(All ages)

​Program Objectives

  • Fundamental and traditional Japanese Judo techniques

  • Concussion safety training

  • Workout and explore Judo with your family 

The only thing better than having an enjoyable experience is sharing the experience with your family and friends. The All Level Judo class provides students this opportunity to share their Judo experiences with their fellow family and friend Judokas. Students of all levels are encouraged to join us every Saturday for the All Level Judo class.

Competitor Randori

​Program Objectives

  • Prepare for judo competition

  • Increase training session intensity 

  • Longer and more frequent rounds 

  • More opportunity to practice 

  • Live feedback from instructor 

  • Increase endurance

Randori is free practice, otherwise known in other combat sports as free sparring. This program is focused randori only, providing students with opportunities to practice techniques from daily training programs and improve their competition endurance.


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