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       In the juniors judo program, students concentrate on the basic mechanics of standing judo techniques. They will begin the practice of a subset of techniques from the standard syllabus of judo, making progress towards belt promotion. Students will begin learning basic judo terms and concepts to be used at practice, tournaments, and throughout the judo community; as well as to serve as a primer for advanced education in judo. More complex games and situational drills will be part of the daily workout plan. Students will continue to exercise safe falling techniques to minimize the risk of concussion and other injuries, as well as practice judo's moral code for constructive character development.

     Student goals for this program are:

  1. Practice judo's moral principles, with an emphasis on respect, self-control, modesty, and friendship.

  2. Forge friendships, enjoy engaging experiences, and become an integral part of our community.

  3. Learn techniques for safely falling, called “ukemi.”

  4. Develop and maintain basic athletic abilities, including strength, speed, and flexibility.

  5. Master fundamental judo skills, such as footwork, gripping techniques, and off-balancing opponents, laying the groundwork for advanced takedown techniques.

  6. Attain proficiency in executing standard judo takedown techniques effectively, and variations for competition-focused students.

  7. Progress towards the next belt promotion, reflecting overall growth and dedication as a judo practitioner (known as a "judoka").


To explore judo’s standard takedown techniques, we highly recommend viewing the following videos.

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