Getting Started


Tuesdays: 5:45 - 6:45 pm

Thursdays: TBD

Saturdays: 10 - 11:30 am 

Regular classes are open to adults (18 years and up) and teenagers with parent/guardian consent. Contact us for current youth class times.


We're located at 290 10th Street in Port Townsend, directly across from Henery's Hardware in the upper floor of the Port Townsend Rigging Co. building.



Our monthly fee is $60, (ask about youth/family rates). We operate on month-to-month memberships, and do not require a long-term contract.


After you've been training for awhile we ask that you join the US Judo Federation ($70/year), which provides you with liability insurance and access to great tournament and seminar opportunities.​


Salish Sea Judo was founded Eric Lee-Mӓder (third degree black belt), who began Judo training in the early 1990s, eventually becoming an assistant instructor at Portland Judo, the largest Judo club in the United States. He has trained at the Kodokan in Tokyo, competed in a World Masters Judo event, and cross-trained in Danzan Ryu and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.


Professor Steve Maxwell (6th degree black belt) is 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 jiu-jitsu champion. He is an internationally famous fitness coach, physical educator, and combatives instructor to various agencies including the DEA and the Secret Service. Steve teaches traditional Gracie jiu-jitsu self-defense several Saturdays each month.  


Mike Schmitt (first degree black belt) assists with instruction. Mike has practiced Judo since the 1980s, with cross training in Enshin karate, Tomiki Aikido, Danzan Ryu and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. 

Leigh O'Connor (brown belt) has an extensive background in grappling, including Brazilian jiu-Jitsu. He co-instructs both youth and adult classes.

We're further supported by a great cohort of advanced student members with years of Judo and jiu-jitsu experience.


Portland Judo is our spiritual ‘home club’ here in the Northwest. As the largest Judo club in the continental US and the home to top competitors and Judo scholars, they offer one of the best Judo educations in North America.


The US Judo Federation (USJF) is our national governing body. As a member, they provide you with excellent insurance benefits, tournament opportunities, special seminars, and dedication to promoting and developing this art that we love.