Which class should I take?

When we started DC Judo in 2008, everyone practiced in the same class. As the DC Judo community grew, we developed more and different classes that suit the needs of different parts of our community. The table below helps explain the different offerings so you can find what works for you. You can register for these classes online through our registration system.

If you are still not sure which class is right for you, come to the most convenient class and we will work it out with you!

Freestyle Judo: Mon 7-9/Sat 11:30-1:30
Freestyle Judo represents an alternative competition format from the more universal IJF format. Freestyle Judo classes open the range of techniques to include gripping and throwing (like leg grabbing techniques) currently excluded from competition. It also includes an alternate scoring system that gives credit for guard passes, turnovers, and guard sweeps. Freestyle Judo places much greater emphasis on groundwork and is well suited to Jujitsu players wishing to explore a transition to Judo. See more about Freestyle Judo.
Suitable for:
Beginners (White)
Intermediate (Green/Blue)
Advanced (Brown/Black)
Visually Impaired
Shiai Competitors
Randori PracticeNot Suitable for:
Kata Practice (Sat ok)
Kids
   
Awareness Through Movement: Tue 7-8PM
Awareness Through Movement (ATM) derives from Judo through the work on Moshe Feldenkrais. We work on coordination, mobility, flexibility, and strength through guided movement lessons that are…well…surprising. The lessons are designed for non-judoka and judoka alike and they are especially useful for those recovering from injury. These lessons are done without a gi using slow, careful movements to improve strength, balance, mobility, flexibility.
Suitable for:
All Ranks
Visually Impaired
Injured Judoka
Returning Judoka looking to improve strength, balance, mobility, flexibilityNot Suitable for:
Kata Practice
Randori Practice
Rank Advancement Preparation
Kids
DCJudoKids: Mon 7-8/Sat 11:30-12:30
Sport Judo for students ages 7-15 including falling, throwing, pinning, and self defense techniques. We prepare for participation in Judo competition in the club and at local and national events. Students learn basic techniques, movements, and vocabulary as they progress in their studies.
Suitable for:
Kids 7-15Not Suitable for:
Adults 16+
Intermediate Judo Lab: On Hiatus
Intermediate level Judo focusing on applications (match tactics, combinations, counters) and work on more advanced throwing techniques. Intermediate Judo provides a smaller setting with more opportunity for individual attention. Students will have the opportunity to practice Judo kata if desired. This class is especially useful for rank promotion prep.
Suitable for:
Beginners (White) w/ good falling skills
Intermediate (Green/Blue)
Advanced (Brown/Black)
Visually Impaired
Kata Practice
Randori Practice
Rank Advancement PreparationNot Suitable for:
Total Newbies
Kids 7-15
   
Basic Judo: Wednesdays and Fridays from 6-8
Basic Judo for first time, beginner, and experienced Judoka focused on recreational and competitive sport Judo and Judo kata for ages 16+. We practice throwing, pinning, and submission techniques. Class consists of warmup, standing and groundwork practice, and randori or free practice.
Suitable for:
Total Newbies
Beginners (White)
Intermediate (Green/Blue)
Advanced (Brown/Black)
Visually Impaired (esp. Wednesday)
Shiai Competitors
Randori Practice
Kata PracticeNot Suitable for:
Kids
Deep Judo: On Hiatus
Deep Judo explores technique and body motion in order to improve performance. We tackle Judo technical issues by practicing core movements and eliminating unwanted movements that detract from performance. Technical practice is followed by structured randori (free practice). This format is well suited to a beginner who feels like careful attention can help their learning, the experienced judoka looking for a deeper understanding of how and why techniques work, and for those wishing to teach Judo now or in the future. 
Suitable for:
Beginners (White) with good falling skills
Intermediate (Green/Blue)
Advanced (Brown/Black)
Visually Impaired
Injured Judoka
Future Coaches & those interested in Biomechanic of Judo
Randori Practice (some)
Kata Practice (some)Not Suitable for:
Total Newbies
Kids 7-15

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