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Judo

Judo

Judo – “the Way of Gentleness” was founded by Dr. Jigoro Kano in 1882 to develop a martial art into a way of life and a sport based on overarching principles concerning the development of physical, mental, and moral culture.

The sport of Judo is practiced worldwide and is best known for its spectacular throwing techniques, specialized grappling techniques including controlled hold-downs, elbow joint-locks and choking submission techniques. The study of Kodokan Judo also includes kata – forms of throwing, grappling and self-defense techniques and principles. Children, youth and adults can practice and enjoy the sport regardless of age or gender. Judo training can improve balance, flexibility, coordination, aerobic fitness and physical strength, with inherent improvement in self-confidence, concentration, and self-discipline.

Judo

The JCCC Judo Kai won the 2013 and 2014 Ontario Club Championships and for the past 5 years has consistently finished as one of the top ranked clubs from Ontario at the Canadian Judo Championships. JCCC Judo Kai members have won gold medals at the Canada Winter Games, Canadian Open and Elite Invitational Judo Championships, and have won multiple medals representing Canada at international competitions.

JCCC Judo Kai program instructors:
Ken Fukushima, Head Instructor, 3rd Dan, NCCP Level 3 Certified Competition Development Coach
Russ Takashima, Club Administrator, 3rd Dan, NCCP Level 2 Certified Dojo Instructor
Robert Varga, 7th Dan, 2005 World Masters Champion
Gerald Okimura, 5th Dan, IJF Confederal referee and national kata judge, NCCP Level 2 Certified Dojo Instructor
Shujon Mazumder, 4th Dan, 7 time National Champion, NCCP Level 2 Certified Dojo Instructor
Assistant instructors include Vadim Dudarev, Miki Fukushima, Fumio Ishiguro, John MacKenzie, Darrell Sakauye, Steve Shannon, Huy Truong.

The JCCC Judo Kai offers a full range of classes and training for recreational and competitive students of all ages throughout the week.

September to June

Day Time Age Level
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:00-8:30pm All Ages All Belts
Saturday 10:00-11:30am All Ages All Belt
Sunday 1:30-3:00pm Youth/Adult Women's Judo or Special club activities **

July to August (Summer Schedule)

Day Time Age Level
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:00-8:30pm All Ages All Belts
Sunday 1:30-3:00pm Youth/Adult Women's Judo or Special club activities **

*New students for the 3 month beginner sessions (ages 7 and up) are accepted within the first ten days of the month.
** Special events/ technical seminars on selected Sundays
Please note that the Judo class does not offer trial classes.

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