If you know little or nothing about
Judo, we invite you to take our beginner class. Its 2
months long & gives you a nice survey of the several aspects
-- recreational, fitness, sport, self defense. The 1st few
classes you will learn basics that are common to students of all
ages -- breaking falls, pinning, throwing, as well as the
history & a little culture along with some Japanese
On the last day of the beginner program, you will be
(6th degree white belt) .
To participate in the beginner class:
- Check our events page for the beginner class
(Don't be shy if you miss a few -- we can probably catch you
- Wear something loose for the 1st few classes. It
should be sturdy enough not to tear when yanked and
tugged. Sweats are a good choice. If you have a
gi from another sport, you can wear that for practice.
- Show up a few minutes
early to register at the desk. They will ask
for some identification to show PG County residence, but
they aren't too picky. This includes kids. They
accept birth certificates and passports too.
- Fill out the info sheet.
The instructors will produce this for you, not the
desk. Note anything on there that we should be aware
of, including recent injuries, illness, special needs, &
home schooling. If you
have any previous martial arts or grappling/wrestling
experience, note that as well, and we will likely expedite
your beginner status. There's a sports waiver on the back --
be sure to sign it.
- Time to do it! The
1st part of each class is a pretty standard warm-up (very
brief & light), just jump in and copy! Have fun,
but please don't over-do it.
- After the class, be sure
to follow it up by speaking with an instructor before you
leave. They will have some hand-outs for
you. Also, you are sure to have a million questions
and we are happy to answer them for you on a one-on-one
- If you have any questions
or concerns, feel free to call the teachers. Phone
numbers are on the homepage.
You will likely learn in the 1st few weeks that Judo gets very
international very quickly. So, if you have any language
skills, bring them & they will likely get stretched too.