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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-defence 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.

JCCC Judo Kai individual competitors have won gold medals at the Canada Winter Games, Canadian Open and Elite Invitational Judo Championships, and multiple medals representing Canada at international competitions. JCCC Judo Kai teams won the 2013 and 2014 Ontario Club Championships, and have won provincial and national medals in kata competitions.

The JCCC Judo Kai was recognized as 2018 Club of the Year by Judo Ontario.

JCCC Judo Kai program instructors include:
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 Continental referee and national kata judge, NCCP Level 2 Certified Dojo Instructor
Shujon Mazumder - 4th Dan, 8-time National Champion, NCCP Level 2 Certified Dojo Instructor
Assistant instructors include Matthew Dales, Miki Fukushima, Fumio Ishiguro, Andrew Jaimes, John MacKenzie, Alexandre Pestov, 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 7&up All Belts
Saturday 10:00-11:30am 7&up All Belts
Sunday 1:30-3:00pm 15&up* Women's Judo or Special club activities **

*Women's Judo - If a guardian join together, a child 11 years old and over will be accepted.

July to August (Summer Schedule)

Day Time Age Level
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:00-8:30pm 7&up All Belts
Sunday 1:30-3:00pm 15&up* Women's Judo or Special club activities **

*Women's Judo may accept child age 11 and older if parent/guardian join together.

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

To register, please see here.


After the Ekaterinburg Grand Slam, where he won a bronze medal representing Canada to go along with the silver medal he won at the Osaka Grand Slam, the International Judo Federation did an interview with JCCC Judo Kai’s Shady El Nahas: Meet Your Judoka - Shady ELNAHAS (CAN)

JudoInside profiles Shady El Nahas: 100 DAYS FOR GP MONTREAL SHADY EL NAHAS IS GROWING

Congratulations to Shady El Nahas who won the gold medal in the Men’s 100kg division and to Mohab El Nahas who won the silver medal in the very tough Men’s 90kg division at the 2019 Elite Invitational National Championships held Jan 12-13 in Montreal. At the tournament, Shady was interviewed and he gave a nice shout out to the JCCC Judo Kai. You can also see Ken Sensei's interview from here.

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