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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. Judo training has developed from self defense to a sport practiced worldwide. The first principle of judo, as articulated by Dr. Kano, is seiryoku zenyo or “maximum efficiency in physical and mental activity.” The JCCC Judo Kai’s goal is to develop its members’ awareness of this principle through physical, cultural and spiritual discipline and development. The second principle of judo is jita kyoei or “mutual welfare and prosperity.” Judo classes emphasize technical instruction and practice in an environment demanding respect for oneself, others, and responsible care for each other in the dojo, and in daily life.

The sport of Judo 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 – prearranged forms of throwing, grappling and self defense techniques and principles. Children, youths or 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 program began over 50 years ago, and has continued under the direction of dedicated instructors who have brought Judo to thousands of students, along the way producing black belts, national champions and international medalists. The JCCC Judo Kai program is overseen by Head Instructor Ken Fukushima and Russ Takashima, Club Administrator, who both began as students at the JCCC in the 1960’s, and who have been volunteer instructors at the JCCC since the 1980’s. Class instruction is provided by numerous highly qualified black belt instructors committed to the dissemination of Kodokan Judo, and who have experience studying and training in Canada, Japan and throughout the world, including Senseis Robert Varga, 7th Dan - an elite competitor including 2005 World Masters Champion; Gerald Okimura, 4th Dan – a national referee and kata medalist; and Shujon Mazumder, 4th Dan - a six-time Canadian champion

The JCCC Judo Kai offers a full range of classes and training for recreational and competitive students of all ages throughout the week. For further information, please visit: http.//www.jccc.on.ca/judo

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

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) can attend any or all of the 4 classes a week, and are accepted within the first ten days of each month.
** Mudansha grading clinics/ technical seminars on selected Sundays

The JCCC Judo Kai offers a full range of classes and training for recreational and competitive students of all ages throughout the week. For further information, please visit jccc.on.ca/judo.

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(416) 441-2345