Junior Judo

Philosophy for the Juniors Program

Judo is a very difficult sport to learn due to the large amount of skill-sets included in Judo.  However, starting at these ages will make a huge Junior-Lineupdifference in the type of Judo they develop as well as their character.  So we teach the students the skills in a deconstructed format.  We break down the ultimate skill into individual parts and have them drill the parts separately. Then, we bring the pieces back together to build up the final skill-set.  This creates a stronger skill in the kids and less frustration along the way for the kids as they are learning.  Not only are we teaching skills of Judo but we are also educating them on the concepts of “Mutual Welfare and Benefit” (Teamwork) & “Maximum Efficiency of the use of the Mind and Body”[More].  Another one of the big ideas every student is taught is:  “Hard Work Pays Off”.  With this idea learned, the students will be successful in whatever they decide to do in their futures!

Regular Junior Judo

JuniorThis class is for students that are 7 to 12 years of age. Classes meet on:

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:10pm to 6:00pm.

And Saturdays at 11:10am to 12:30pm (this is a blended class with Advanced)

Class is designed for students just starting out.  The class focuses on the individual techniques of Judo with only a few rounds of sparring.  The class is kept light and fun while still teaching the core principles of Judo.


For students who are just starting Judo but would like to compete eventually, the Regular Juniors class is the place to start.  Once they have learned the basics, they may progress over to the Advanced Juniors class with the instructor’s permission. 

Advanced Junior Judo

Jr-LectureStudents are eligible for this class after a minimum of 6 months to one year of training in the PreJudo/Judo Rangers or Regular Junior Judo classes and have the instructor’s permission.  This class is focused on teaching Judo skills as well as teaching the competitive techniques and strategies that will help students prepare for tournaments.  This class includes rounds of various types of sparring to better allow students to learn to work their skills in live scenarios.  It is NOT mandatory that all students in this class compete in outside tournaments, however, it is strongly encouraged.

This class is for students that are 7 to 12 years of age. Classes meet on:

Wednesdays and Fridays from 5:10pm to 6:30pm.

And Saturdays at 11:10am to 12:30pm (this is a blended class with Regular Junior Judo )


Students in the Advanced Juniors class can remain in this class and compete at all levels…from local tournaments to national championships.  Once they reach 12 years old and/or 100 pounds, the will be considered for transfer to into the adult program.

The Adult program includes choking techniques in its curriculum which is a group of techniques allowed for tournament-play for ages 13 years and older.  Therefore, students who turn 13 must move up to the Adults program.

Students moving from the Juniors program into the Adults will normally move into the Adult Competitor class.  Students who are not competition-oriented or have only been in the Juniors classes a short while should move into the Adult Technical class.


Promotions for the Juniors is based on technical knowledge and application. (Click HERE to see the entire list of requirements)

All promotions have a testing/promotion fee of $40 required.  Should a student not pass their test, the fee can be used for any future re-tests for that rank until they are successful.

Ascension Class


On Fridays @ 6:30pm we have a super tough supplemental Judo class to help members (kids & adults) get even more prepared for competition!

Come take on the challenge!!

(Students must attend their respective normal Friday class in order to participate in Ascension and there is no additional cost.)



Interested in Joining?

Just call (408.297.5836) to let us know your coming.  Get here 15 minutes early so that we can get them fitted for a uniform and to sign our standard waiver-release.  If you have thong-slippers for the child, bring them with you…we wear them when not on the mat.  If you don’t own any, there are loaner slippers in the dressing room you can borrow.  Girls will also need a plain white t-shirt and long hair will need to be tied back with soft hair-bands. If you don’t own any, there are loaner slippers in the dressing room you can borrow. Also, bring a water bottle for water-breaks. We have a water bottle filling station here in the dojo.


Tuition is based on the number of times per month you plan to attend. Click HERE to see our pricing schedule.