Join Us FAQ
When can I start?
You can start any time you are ready to join our program. We have no specific beginning sessions.
How do I get started?
That’s easy! Fill out the registration form, pay your training fees, purchase your uniform, and you’re ready to embark on a wonderful journey with us.
Do I have to sign a contract?
No. We are on a month-to-month basis. There is also no registration fee.
How old must my child be to start judo?
Although we accept children as young as four or five on a case by case basis, a better starting age may be 6 or 7 for some children. The starting age will depend on a child’s maturity level, attention span, interest, and sports background.
Am I too old to start Judo?
That really depends on how old you think you are, and what kind of physical and medical condition you are in. We have students who begin Judo well into their forties. Judo is a sport that you can practice beyond your sixties provided you start early enough in your life.
How fit must I be before I can start training?
If you wait until you are fit, you’ll never start Judo! So, come in with whatever fitness level you have, and we’ll adjust your training.
Will I need special equipment?
The only equipment you’ll need is a Judo uniform, which you can purchase from Judo America. We’ll have a loaner uniform for you if we don’t have your size in stock.
What will my first lessons consist of?
Since our classes consist of students with a variety of Judo experience, you will participate at your own pace in a general warm-up and stretching period. After that, you will be assigned an assistant coach or a senior student to teach you some basic skills. You will probably get your first taste of sparring, which we call randori, toward the end of your first practice. Of course, it’ll be with a very accommodating training partner who will help you reinforce some of the skills you learned in your first lesson. This set-up will last until you are capable of participating with the rest of the class.
Do I practice with less or more experienced people?
You will be paired up with a variety of training partners, all of whom will be there to help you learn Judo in a safe environment.