Junior Judo Program – Kids Judo

Judo is an excellent activity for children. Classes consist of falling and tumbling practice (called ukemi in Japanese), movement drills, and the basic steps of judo throws. Classes are fun and engaging without compromising the spirit of judo. Respect and safety are our two main principles, and everything we do in class is geared towards those ideals.

Through our judo activities your child will benefit from increased balance and coordination, strength, better posture, self defense skills and a firm but relaxed sense of confidence. The founder of judo, Jigoro Kano, emphasized that judo is ultimately aimed at shaping better people and better members of society. Etiquette, respect and proper behavior are required. Physical, mental and social skills are all developed together when learning judo.

People often mention self defense as one of the benefits of martial arts training, but what is self defense? Self defense is recognizing the boundaries between yourself and others, and learning the appropriate response when those boundaries are about to be or have been crossed. This skill is especially important for children, who generally have more fluid boundaries than adults. Because there is no punching or kicking in kids judo, children learn to control the outcome of a situation without seriously injuring themselves or anyone else.

Parents: We may or may not have appropriately sized loaner uniforms for your child’s free trial class. However they can still participate in all the activities wearing a t-shirt and shorts or sweatpants. It’s a good idea to bring a water bottle as well.

kids judo
kids judo

Tiny Judo for Ages 3-5

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Tiny Judo is a class specifically designed for 3-5 year olds. Kids will run, roll, and learn how to fall safely on our excellent soft and supportive mat surface. We’ll also learn how to count in Japanese, the origins of judo, and the importance of safety and respect. At just 40 minutes long this fast-moving class is perfect for short attention spans. Judo uniforms are recommended but not necessary.

One parent or guardian is required to be present at mat-side for the duration of this class, in case anyone needs a hug or a bathroom escort. In case of shy kids parents are also welcome to come on the mat and hang out or participate in all the activities.

Kids Class for Ages 6 and up

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This is our regular kids class for ages 6 and up. Kids will learn all the basics of judo, including how to roll and fall safely, throws, ground grappling, and more. Judo is excellent for both gross and fine motor skills, self defense, strength and coordination. Interested kids are encouraged to participate in tournaments after 6-12 months of training.

Classes are held four times a week with a variety of membership options available.

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