LIFE SKILLS THROUGH JUDO
KIDS DEVELOP SELF-RESPECT, PERSEVERANCE, GRIT, CONFIDENCE, FOCUS, AND COOPERATION
ADULTS DEVELOP FITNESS, PICK THEIR OWN LEVEL OF INTENSITY, AND ENHANCE LIFE-LONG SHARPNESS AND PHYSICAL COMPETENCE
TEENS FIND AN OUTLET FOR ENERGY, A SAFE PLACE TO RESOLVE STRESS, AND LESSONS FOR LIFE IN COLLEGE AND BEYOND
COMPETITORS CAN LEARN FROM WORLD CLASS TEACHERS IN A DOJO THAT HAS PRODUCED MANY NATIONALLY RANKED ATHLETES
Judo was developed by Professor Jigoro Kano from a martial art called Jujitsu. Judo's goals can be best expressed in Professor Kano's words:
"The aim of judo is to utilize physical and mental strength most effectively. Its training is to understand the true meaning of life through the mental and physical training of attack and defense. You must develop yourself as a person and become a useful citizen to society."
The phrase sei ryoku zen yo expresses the essence of judo's approach. 'Seiryoku' refers to mental and physical forces and 'zenyo' means to put to good use. Together sei ryoku zen yo means to use one's own mental and physical forces to accomplish worthwhile goals most efficiently.
By learning and mastering the judo's essence from experience, we can always maintain composure, make decisions clearly, and foster self-esteem throughout our living in this complex society.
Adapted from Matsutaro Shibazaki, Judo (1974, pp. 11-12)
Palo Alto Judo Club students have the opportunity to participate in regional and national judo tournaments and other events. Our club has a history of developing national champions.
NOTE: Due to COVID 19, in person practices have been suspended until further notice.
Our practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm to 8:30pm.
Please visit any time. For new students, we recommend joining on the first Thursday of each month.
We have both competitors and non-competitors among our students ranging from 7 years old to seniors.
PAJC is affiliated with the Central Coast Black Belt Judo Association, the United States Judo Federation and USA Judo.