SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA JUDO
Providing a safe, friendly and professional learning environment for CHILDREN, TEENS and ADULTS ages 7 & up. We offer instruction in Traditional Kodokan Judo (Kata, Self-Defence, Randori, Shiai).
First Lesson is FREE!!
If you are not sure if you would like to learn Judo, come and watch a few classes or take a lesson for free. All you need to start is to sign our waiver form and wear a T-shirt and sweat pants to your first practice.
Judo for Women: Judo has many benefits for women and girls of all ages and physical abilities. It is particularly suited to the needs and temperament of most women. The study of Judo strengthens character and at the same time develops a gentile personality. Keiko Fukuda (10th Dan) was fond of the saying "Be Strong, Be Gentile, Be Beautiful". Judo can develop poise in girls and women of all ages. Poise is the ability to meet any situation with calmness and confidence.
Judo for Self Defense: Avoiding trouble is the best self defense and best use of Judo. But the knowledge that we can handle trouble if it is forced upon us can give an outward display of confidence that may make a would be attacker think twice. Judo apply's the laws of physics with emphasis on leverage and gravity. By learning to use these principles to our own advantage a smaller person can learn to throw and control a larger person. All of the techniques taught in Judo can be used for self defense.
Judo for Sport: According to the IJF (International Judo Federation), Judo is one of the most practiced indoor sports in the world and one of the safest. Its most prominent feature is the competitive element, where the object is to either throw one's opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue one's opponent with a grappling maneuver, or force an opponent to submit by joint locking the elbow or by applying a choke. Strikes and thrusts (by hands and feet) - as well as weapons defenses - are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata) and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice (randori). Points are awarded based on the efficacy of the techniques. Judo has been an Olympic event since 1964 for men and 1996 for women. Competitions are available for all ages and skill levels.
Judo for Kids: How many physical activities do you still participate in that you did as a kid? Judo is an activity that your children will never outgrow. It is a recognized system of physical and mental development taught in many school systems around the world. Judo is relatively inexpensive compared to some other activities such as hockey, football, dance or gymnastics. Despite being a highly physical combat sport, Judo is also extremely safe. The strict international contest rules of Judo are strongly oriented to maximum safety at all times. The code of etiquette laid down from judo's earliest days by Professor Kano requires that due respect is shown for teachers and practice partners. Stronger more experienced players are required to take responsibility for the well being of more junior or weaker members of both sexes.
Judo for Family: When was the last time you "played" with your teenager or studied along with your eight year old? There are not many activities where the entire family can participate and learn together. Usually the kids play while the parents and grandparents watch. Judo offers the opportunity for both parents and children to participate and learn together. Often this brings families closer by sharing the same interests and experiences. Siblings learn to take care of each other during practice through the understanding of "Mutual Welfare and Benefit". The principles of Judo become habit both on and off the mat.
Judo for the "Not as Young as I used to Be": One of the first things any Judo student learns is how to fall (Ukemi). Just this skill alone could save your life some day. Judo can help you loose or redistribute weight while strengthening every part of your body. This strengthening improves balance and posture. Judo is very adaptable to almost any physical limitation. If the only benefits derived from Judo were to your health, it would be well worth the effort. The very nature of Judo captures the imagination. You become so fascinated with the ART, you think of nothing else during practice. You forget your worries and cares. Judo serves to release tensions-mental as well as physical. You work off your frustrations. The physical activities of Judo give you a wonderful feeling of well-being. The picture to the right is of Keiko Fukuda, 10th Dan. She was the last living student of Dr. Kano (founder of Judo). She was 99 years old when she died in February, 2013 and still teaching and practicing Judo.
GET ON THE MAT!!--Judo can't be learned by watching videos or reading books. Much like learning to play baseball, you can't learn to hit or catch the ball by watching others play the game. Judo may look dangerous and painful to some, but when practiced correctly and under the supervision of qualified instructors judo can be a very safe activity. New students begin with the basics of learning to fall correctly so they don't get hurt when thrown and learning to control their own bodies and their opponents. Usually after a few classes, students are comfortable with the basics and can really begin to employ the principles of Judo. People practice judo to excel in competition, to learn self-defense, to stay in shape, to develop self-confidence, and for many other reasons. What ever your interest or motivation.......