What is Judo?

Judo roughly translated means the gentle way and is essentially a "grappling" martial art. Judo began in Japan in the late 19th century under Master Jigaro Kano. Based on many different styles of Jui-Jitsu , or self-defence techniques, he created what is known today as Kodokan Judo. Judo includes throwing, hold downs, and for adults, also arm bars and strangulations. In addition to an excellent means of self-defence, Judo is an Olympic event and can also be practiced as a competitive sport at all levels. Many of our kids aspire to compete for Newfoundland and Labrador in The Canada Winter Games. Most clubs in the province offer both recreational and competitive streams

At what age can you join?

Judo is designed for both men and women. You can start training as young as 6 years of age. There is no "upper" age limit. You may practice Judo well into your senior years. The adult class is held at Bushido and has a minimum age of 16. There is also a childrens/youth class conducted at the YMCA/YWCA by two of our instructors. For more information contact the YMCA/YWCA at 754-2960

What about equipment?

The only equipment that you require is the Judo uniform, or Gi (pronounced ghee). The cost of the Gi varies by size and is approximately $65. A Gi is made of bleached or unbleached cotton and with proper care will last for several years.

How much does it cost?

The cost is minimal considering the benefits and compared to other martial arts and most other sports. The registration fee is set by Bushido MMA. You can become a full member of Bushido or participate in the Judo program alone. Becoming a member of Bushido entitles you to full membership privileges including jiu-jitsu, kick-boxing, mma and a full range of martial arts and conditioning programs that you may want to take part in. For rates contact Bushido through their website at http://www.bushidomma.ca

There is also an annual registration fee payable to the Newfoundland and Labrador Judo Association. The fee for Seniors (over 16 years old) is $50. The NLJA annual membership provides for membership in both the NLJA and Judo Canada and covers insurance while training, competing and travelling to Judo events. It also covers the registration of all promotions with the NLJA and with Judo Canada.

As you progress through the ranks, there is a very nominal grading fee of $20 for all kyu (non-black belt) ranks which includes a new belt and certificate.

When do you practice?

  • Adults: Mondays and Wednesday 6:45PM - 8:00PM
  • Bushido MMA Centre / Global Gym (upstairs)

Hope to see you there !!


is located at
Bushido Martial Arts & Fitness Centre,
Global Gym / 92 Elizabeth Avenue
St. John's, Newfoundland Canada

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Our program includes:

• Recreational Judo
• Competitive Judo
• Self-Defense Techniques
• Conditioning
• and of course... Lots of fun!