The Rules of The Judokai

  1. 1st RULE: You talk about The Judokai.
    2nd RULE: You TALK about The Judokai.
    3rd RULE: If someone says "matte", "soremade", "maita", "stop", "I give up", goes limp, or taps out the fight is over.
  2. 4th RULE: Only two members to a fight.
  3. 5th RULE: One fight per referee/coach.
  4. 6th RULE: Gi's optional.
  5. 7th RULE: Fights will go on as long as they can.
  6. 8th RULE: If this is your first time at The Judokai, you HAVE TO try Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, and Wrestling - The way it ought to be.


  7. The Judokai believes in strong traditional fundamentals, but a modern safe interpretation of competition rules where there is no differentiation between Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Sambo, Pankration, etc. Certain training methods, names, and contest rules might vary by style and ethnic origins; Japanese, European, Brazilian, etc. However, good technique is good technique no matter what the origin.

    That's the way it ought to be
    - The Coaches of The Judokai


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Class Information

The Judokai           
Fretz Park Recreation Center
6950 Beltline Road, Dallas, TX

Monday

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
8:00 PM - till closing

Judo, the way it ought to be

Adults & lil' Samurai ages 6 and up (Instruction)
Adults & Teens** (Open Mat Randori / practice)

Wednesday

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
8:00 PM - till closing

BJJ "Basically Just Judo" newaza, Wrestling

Adults & lil' Samurai ages 6 and up (Instruction)
Adults & Teens** (Open Mat Randori / practice)

Saturday


10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - Noon
Noon till...

Freestyle Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Advanced Kata

Adults & lil' Samurai ages 6 and up (Instruction)
Adults & Teens** (Advanced Instruction)
Adults & Teens (Open Mat Randori / practice)


** Children 12 and under may participate in these classes with instructor approval.

An all-white Judo Gi / Kimono is required; however, new students can wear workout clothes for their first classes. Extra "brownie points" for students who use traditional unbleached judogis.
For No-Gi training, students should wear standard white Judo Gi / Kimono pants and an all-white or all-black T-shirt or rash guard.

"Fight Club" full membership: $150/quarterly
"Additional Samurai" from within your clan membership: $90/quarterly
"Tourist" mat fund donation: $15/class

Private training is available upon request.


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Ranking System

The Judokai tries to follow a more traditional Judo ranking system than most clubs. Originally in Judo, adults would remain a white belt until they earned their black belts. However, popular demand and the realistic need for organizations to make money on promotions have pushed the adoption of colored belts throughout the world.

The ranking system at The Judokai is designed to closely follow traditions, correspond with international ranking norms, and openly welcome grapplers from other styles. To achieve this, members of The Judokai may choose to wear a white belt until they become brown belts or beyond. Consequently, don't be surprised if you see white belts tearing up the mat with seemingly higher ranked individuals. That is the way it ought to be.

Shodan is First Degree Black Belt. To become a Shodan at The Judokai, you must demonstrate not only skill, but the ability to teach all aspects of Judo including the Gokyu no Waza (40 traditional throwing techniques) and Katame Waza (traditional grappling & submissions), as well as the Nage no Kata (forms of throwing).

Ikkyu is 1st ranked Brown belt. Traditionally, this was still a white belt rank. An Ikkyu at The Judokai can demonstrate the Gokyu no Waza (40 traditional throwing techniques), Katame Waza (traditional grappling & submissions), and Nage no Kata (forms of throwing). For most clubs, this is not required until Nidan. However, once a student at The Judokai reaches Ikkyu, it should be simply a matter of continued perseverence until he reaches Shodan, Black Belt. The Judokai recommends that all brown belts get a lifetime membership with the USJA or other national Judo organization.

Nikyu is 2nd ranked Brown belt. Traditionally, this was still a white belt rank. A Nikyu has demonstrated long-time commitment to Judo by demonstrating excellent technique and knowledge in competition and practical daily training. A Nikkyu should know how to demonstrate most of the Gokyu no Waza (40 traditional throwing techniques),Katame Waza (traditional grappling & submissions), and Nage no Kata (forms of throwing). For most organizations, this is not required until Shodan. The Judokai recommends that all brown belts get a lifetime membership with the USJA or other national Judo organization.

Sankyu is 3rd ranked Brown belt. Traditionally, this was still a white belt rank. A brown belt is roughly equivalent in experience to a wrestler who has competed 4 years at the first-string, varsity level in high-school or entry level college. A first-string varsity high school wrestler often has more competition experience than a judoka of the equivalent age simply because there are more wrestling tournaments and matches in which to compete. The general difference is the wrestler may not know the terminology and submission techniques of the judoka; however, takedown, groundwork, and overall body positioning techniques should be equivalent. A Sankyu in Judo should understand Kuzushi and be able to differentiate between the use of strength vs. off-balance to make a given technique work. The Judokai recommends that all brown belts get a lifetime membership with the USJA or other national Judo organization.

Yonkyu is 4th ranked White belt. A this level, an adult or teenager may wear a Green belt. They may also wear a blue or purple belt depending if they have come from another organization and they simply like their colored belt. Students with prior grappling or wrestlng experience may get ranked to this level and remain here until they have learned the appropriate level of Judo techniques and terminology. The Judokai recommends that all students at the Yonkyu level register their rank with the USJA or other national Judo organization.

Gokyu is 5th ranked White belt. At this level and below, adults may wear either a White or Yellow belt. Lil' Samurai may wear a Green belt. Other Judo organizations may give half-colored belts or stripes to their students. Students transfering into The Judokai from other Judo organizations may, of course, wear their junior-colored belts until they reach the next level. Students with prior grappling experience may get ranked to this level and remain here until they have learned the appropriate level of Judo techniques and terminology. The Judokai recommends that all students at Gokyu level and below join the USJA, AAU, or other national Judo organization.

Rokkyu is 6th ranked White belt. At this level, Lil' Samurai may wear an Orange colored belt.

Nanakyu / Shichikyu is 7th ranked White belt. At this level, Lil' Samurai may wear an Orange colored belt.

Hachikyu is 8th ranked White belt. At this level, Lil' Samurai may wear a Yellow colored belt.

Kukyu is 9th ranked White belt. At this level, Lil' Samurai may wear a Yellow colored belt.

Jukyu is 10th ranked White belt.

Juichikyu is 11th ranked White belt.

 

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