SVJ currently offers two separate classes for PreJudo/Judo Rangers [ages 4 to 7], two separate classes for Juniors [students under 13 years of age] and four classes for Adults/Seniors [ages 12 and up].
PreJudo/Judo Rangers: For students that are 4 to 7 years of age, the class focuses primarily on developing the very most fundamental skills that young students require to effectively learn Judo. Examples of fundamental skills learned are: basic coordination, balance, hand-eye and foot-eye coordination and spatial awareness. Basic pinning falling, and throwing techniques are taught in this class.
Junior Judo:For students that are 8 to 12 years of age. Instruction in fundamental Judo techniques. Class instruction includes: stretching, calisthenics, judo related exercises, ukemi [safe falling], throwing and pinning techniques.
Advanced Junior Judo: Students are eligible for this class after a minimum of 6 months to one year of training in the Judo Rangers or Junior Judo classes. This program will focus upon competitive techniques and preparation for tournaments, regardless as to whether a student plans on competing or not. Sensei recommendation required for this class.
Adult Beginner Course: This is a 1 month class where you will be taught the fundamentals of Judo and helps you to transition into the Adult Technical class. Designed for the beginner without any prior Judo experience, students will learn the basics of posture, footwork, falling techniques, theories, history, throwing, pinning and choking. This class is held in conjunction with the Adult Technical Class which meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm to 9pm and also on Saturdays from 1pm to 3pm. Students can sign-up for 4 times a week or 8 times a week depending on their schedule.
Adult Technical Class: Focuses on improvement in execution of fundamental Judo techniques and continuing education in the hundreds of the throwing, pinning, choking and armbar techniques in the sport of Judo. This class runs on a 2-week block. The block focuses on developing a specific throw through graduated drills on specific facets of the technique as well as exploring the various setups to the technique.
Adult Competitor Class: Heavy emphasis on tournament style techniques and physical preparation for competition. Students eligible for this class must complete Adult Beginner class and spend 8 weeks in the Adult Technical Class prior to joining. Instructor recommendation is required. New students planning to join this class will be evaluated for level of Judo experience and conditioning prior to being permitted to join this class.
Kata Practice: Mat time for Judoka with prior Kata experience that require mat time for practice. Minimal instruction provided.
Ages are only a guideline for class assignment – coordination, strength, size, experience and maturity of the student will be the primary determining factors for which classes students are placed in. Class curriculum will be based upon the maturity level of the students in each class. Students between the ages of 12 to 17 may be moved-up to the adult classes based upon their coordination, strength and size.