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 Kodokan Judo

"Nothing under the sun is greater than education. By educating one person and sending him into the society of his generation, we make a contribution extending a hundred generations to come."

                                                                                          Dr. Jigoro Kano

What is Kodokan Judo? 

 Judo is many things to different people. It is a fun sport, an art, a discipline, a recreational or social activity, a fitness program, a means of self-defense or combat, and a way of life. It is all of these and more.

Kodokan Judo comes to us from the fighting system of feudal Japan. Founded in 1882 by Dr. Jigoro Kano, Judo is a refinement of the ancient martial art of Jujutsu. Dr. Kano, President of the University of Education, Tokyo, studied these ancient forms and integrated what he considered to be the best of their techniques into what is now the modern sport of Judo.

Judo was introduced into the Olympiad in 1964 and is practiced by millions of people throughout the world today. People practice Judo to excel in competition, to stay in shape, to develop self-confidence, and for many other reasons. But most of all, people do Judo just for the fun of it.

Judo is best known for it's spectacular throws but also involves strong  matwork utilizing pins/holddowns, control holds, arm locks, and Judo choking techniques. Judo emphasizes safety, and full physical activity for top conditioning.  Here in the New Breed Judo and Sombo club we firmly believe in a 50/50 approach to our training.  We highly value Tachiwaza(standing throws), but firmly believe in the practice of Newaza(matwork/groundfighting). New Breed Judo stresses the transition phase in between the throw and the opponent hitting the ground.  This is usually where the best opportunity to gain an advantage presents itself, so we focus on being versed in this range as well.

Judo is unique in that all age groups, both sexes, and most disabled persons can participate together in learning and practicing the sport. Judo is an inexpensive, year-round activity, that appeals to people from all walks of life. Many people over sixty years of age enjoy the sport, as well as very young boys and girls.

Judo develops self-discipline and respect for oneself and others. Judo provides the means for learning self-confidence, concentration, and leadership skills, as well as physical coordination, power, and flexibility. As a sport that has evolved from a fighting art, it develops complete body control, fine balance, and fast reflexive action. Above all, it develops a sharp reacting mind well-coordinated with the same kind of body. Judo training gives a person an effective self-defense system if the need arises.

The Judo Rank System

Judo has a colored belt rank system. Here at New Breed Judo and Sombo Club we follow the USJA(United States Judo Association)Rank system for both Juniors(16 years of age and younger)and Seniors(17 years of age and older). The Junior and Senior corresponding ranks follow below as set forth by the USJA.

USJA Junior Judo Ranks

  • Junior 1st Degree Yellow Belt
  • Junior 2nd Degree Yellow Belt
  • Junior 3rd Degree Orange Belt
  • Junior 4th Degree Orange Belt
  • Junior 5th Degree Green Belt
  • Junior 6th Degree Green Belt
  • Junior 7th Degree Blue Belt
  • Junior 8th Degree Blue Belt
  • Junior 9th Degree Purple Belt
  • Junior 10th Degree Purple Belt
  • Junior 11th Degree Brown Belt
  • Junior 12th Degree Brown Belt 

 USJA Senior Judo Ranks

  • 6th Class Rank (Rokkyu) Yellow Belt
  • 5th Class Rank (Gokyu) Orange Belt
  • 4th Class Rank (Yonkyu) Green Belt
  • 3rd Class Rank (Sankyu) Brown Belt
  • 2nd Class Rank (Nikyu) Brown Belt
  • 1st Class Rank (Ikkyu) Brown Belt
  • 1stDegree (Shodan) Black Belt
  • 2nd Degree (Nidan) Black Belt
  • 3rdDegree (Sandan) Black Belt
  • 4th Degree (Yodan) Black Belt
  • 5th Degree (Godan) Black Belt
  • 6thDegree (Rokudan) Red and White Belt
  • 7th Degree (Shichidan) Red and White Belt
  • 8th Degree (Hachidan) Red and White Belt
  • 9th Degree (Kudan) Red Belt plus Kudan Patch
  • 10th Degree (Judan) Red Belt plus Judan Patch

     The Goals and Objective of Judo

Judo is best defined as the "supple way", although it is usually translated as the "gentle way". Judo teaches you to be mallable in your application of technique.  Technique, timing, skill, balance, and posture are heavily valued over the use of raw strength.  Judo teaches you to "yield" to your opponents force and aggression, rather than to meet it head on.

The principles of Judo, such as "Maximum Efficiency" and "Mutual Welfare and Benefit", can also be used in our dealings with others in life. The ultimate goal in Judo is to develop oneself to the maximum extent possible, always striving for perfection, so that you can contribute something of value to the world.


Initial Sign-up - $175.00 (Includes USJA Annual membership, uniform, and 1st month dues)

Monthly Dues - $60.00


For more information on Judo or our schedule of classes, please feel free to contact us at (501)612-0242 or via e-mail at