PRESSURE-TESTED GRAPPLING FOR FITNESS AND SELF DEFENSE
JUDO IS OUR CRAFT
BLACK BELT LEVEL INSTRUCTION
Our training is led by multiple black belt instructors with more than 40 years of Judo experience. This background includes state, national, and international-level competition, as well as prior training at the Kodokan Judo Institute in Japan.
Beyond Judo, our instructors and many of our senior members have formal ranking and extensive backgrounds in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and other martial arts or combative sports.
As a member club in the US Judo Federation with active youth programs, our senior instructors are required to: 1) Pass routine criminal background checks, 2) To maintain training and certification from the Centers for Disease Control on head injury prevention and response, 3) To be trained and certified by the US Olympic Committee on maintaining safe/respectful sporting environments and mandatory reporting of abuse or misconduct among or directed at young athletes.
Even if you don’t train with us, as parents ourselves, we think these credentials should be a minimum standard for any club where your kids train.
$40 - MONTH
We operate as a non-profit educational and recreational club, with no interest in selling you gear covered in logos, lifestyle products, or expensive special training seminars with our cult leader. (We’re joking about the cult!)
Our transparent monthly pricing covers our rent and basic operating costs. There are no hidden fees for promotions, no pressure tactics to sign you up for long-term contracts, and no sketchy auto payments that we try to lock you into.
Your first month training is also free with the purchase of a gi (training uniform). This is a great opportunity to try out Judo and see if you like it.
Monthly fees also offer reciprocal training with Aikido Port Townsend, including their traditional weapons classes.
Visitors and drop-ins are always welcome.
We practice a full range of traditional Judo -- emphasizing live stand-up and ground grappling, with a strong focus on self-defense. Our classes routinely feature instruction in classic Judo throws not currently used in tournament settings, as well as leg locks, striking fundamentals, traditional and modern jiu-jitsu, occasional no-gi grappling, sumo (no kidding!), and more.
More than that, our classes also feature discussions on Judo theory and the principles of leverage, off-balance, and timing necessary for success.
Gracie Combatives / Jiu-Jitsu Self Defense
Many of our regular Saturday classes are led by Steve Maxwell (6th degree black belt), our jiu-jitsu instructor-in-residence. Steve was the first American certified to teach Gracie jiu-jitsu in the U.S., and is a multi-time Pan American champion. He teaches traditional self-defense founded on the teachings of Helio Gracie and Mitsuyo Maeda. These classes include practical, easy to use, time-tested defenses against striking, weapons, and more.