Class Info

Shaun Eddy throws Mark Smith in the Nage no Kata

Throw and be thrown

COVID-19 Update 9/13/2021: DC Judo is currently operating in a Code Yellow condition. Classes and practice are currently limited to Sundays at 1PM to 3PM only. YOU MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED to attend. NO WALK-INS!

Code Yellow operations will remain in effect until we can return to a more normal schedule. For the time being, regular classes are limited to only 14 persons, beginners’ classes are limited to 8. You can register online through the Mindbody site.

Starting Sunday 9/19/21, we are reopening a beginners’ class on Sundays from 1PM to 3PM. Beginners’ class is open to those who:

  • Are Age 18+
  • Have Proof of Vaccination
  • Are brand new beginners or have limited previous Judo or BJJ experience
  • Will Obtain USJF membership withing 28 days of first class

Regular Code Yellow classes are restricted those who can meet the following conditions:

  • Age 16+
  • Gokyu (Green belt) and above
  • Current USJF Membership
  • Proof of Vaccination

More information is available on our registration site.

WHO:  You and the other DC Judo members of all ages and levels.

WHAT: Sport Judo classes for beginners and ongoing practice and training for members.

WHY: fun, fitness, competition, cross training or the joy of movement

Wayne Brown, Baltimore Judo Club, gets ready to throw Wayne Lifshitz, NIH Judo

We learn together

HOW: Come to class, share some information, start practicing with us.

Judo is for everybody. Your shape, size or fitness level doesn’t matter. What does matter is your enthusiasm to learn and begin to reshape how you move and think. Come visit us and discover for yourself what Judo can offer you.  You won’t know until you try.

Interested? Got a question? Click here to email us.


Bring a gi if you have one. Otherwise, wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes with no hard (metal or plastic) parts. We usually have a few loaner gis for you too. We have a discount program for Fuji and other gis through Hatashita Sports.


Students new to Judo are invited to come for a trial class or two. Students support the operation of DC Judo through a class pass system. Visiting judoka can attend class with a drop in fee. Scholarship support is available in cases of financial need. Don’t let finances stand in the way of you trying Judo.

Students who are interested in pursuing a practical study of Judo are encouraged to join the DC Judo Club as part of the United States Judo Federation (USJF).  USJF membership costs $50 annually and includes supplementary insurance coverage for your Judo practices, clinics, and competition events. USJF membership qualifies you for Student Membership in DC Judo.

Randori at the early Kodokan 1913

Our mats are not quite as crowded as 100 years ago
(Randori at the early Kodokan 1913)

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