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  • "Judo has given me so many things in my life, it taught me how to control my body, co-ordination, discipline, and how to push through and deal with things that I don't like to, but do because I have to do. It taught me leadership and how to follow. I believe that Judo has made me a better person, member of my community, and friend." - Coach Joseph Sapp

    "If there is effort, there is always accomplishment." - Dr. Jigoro Kano

    What is Judo?
    Judo is an Olympic level Japanese sport characterized by throws, grapples, and pins.

    What does Judo mean?
    Judo translates to "Gentle Way" in Japanese. This goes along with the principle of Judo known as ju yoku go o seisu, "Gentleness controls Hardness."

    Is Judo a high-impact sport?
    Yes. Judo is both high-contact and high-impact. While there is a risk of getting hurt, our Dojo, like every other Judo Dojo, emphasizes safety and respect, which greatly reduces the risk of injury.

    When are classes?
    Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6-8pm.

    How much do classes cost?
    Class fees are $46/month for Santa Rosa residents, or $56/month for non-residents.

    Why should I get a USJA membership?
    Membership in the USJA provides insurance should you get injured. It allows for promotions between belts, and also allows you to compete in sanctioned tournaments.

    Do I really need a Gi?
    Yes, you really do. If you plan on regularly attending class, you will need a Gi, as some techniques are impossible to practice without one.

    Were you joking about the deodorant comment?
    No. You really need to wear it. No one wants their head shoved into a smelly arm pit!

    Where can I find more information?
    Good question! You can always email the Coach at Send Mail ,OR you can visit some of the links in our links section. If you are specifically looking for competition rules, I suggest you start at the USJA website.