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Judo History & Principles

Judo is one of the most popular martial arts in the world. Judo was created in 1882 by Dr. Kano and later became the first martial art to be sanctioned as a medal sport in the Olympic Games in 1964. 


Judo means the "gentle way." The main principles of Judo are "Minimum Effort, Maximum Efficiency" and "Mutual Welfare and Benefit." The idea of maximum efficiency teaches judokas to use the least amount of physical strength necessary to throw an opponent. This is accomplished by proper use of technique, timing, and leveraging your opponent's strength against them. The personal discipline that Judo taught would extend beyond the dojo into daily life and could allow the judoka to become more productive.



@ San Jose Judo Academy

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We take pride in serving the community by providing means for families and individuals to enjoy Judo/Bjj, kid's and women's self defense as the organized sports and recreational activities. Judo/Bjj are great sports for all ages: toddlers, kids, adults, and seniors. 

We are skillful, athletic and experienced Judo, Jiu-Jitsu instructors. We have more than 20 years in teaching martial arts at SJJA. We are also national coaches, and regional and N2 referees in the USA.


Instructors My Nguyen, Nancy Nguyen, Andrew Mukai, and Arik Quang are in charged in teaching Judo. 


Professor Vinicius Draxcler is in charge in teaching Bjj, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, cardio conditioning, and  exercise.

We teach all levels and ages from beginners to advanced. We are welcome toddlers, kids, teens, adults and seniors to join our Academy. After a couple of months training, students can join the local competitions. Some of our students are now at the National and International competition levels. 

We teach our students a unique blend of traditional Kodokan Judo, contemporary competitive Judo, “Dynamic Judo" with traditional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gi and no gi.

Last but least, we teach kids anti-bullying, respect, self-discipline, toughness and confidence.

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