Are you interested in learning judo? Judo classes at our school are open today. All levels welcome.
"Judo classes develops self confidence, discipline and a type of wrestling fitness that cannot be achieved any other way."
"The ultimate goal of Judo, like all other martial arts, is not to develop mastery over others, but rather mastery over oneself."
How To Get Started
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Judo is the gentle art.
The literal translation of the word "Judo" translates directly from Japanese into the gentle way. Now why would such and explosive martial art be called the "gentle way"?
It has to do with the concept of seiryoku zen’yō, this translates as maximum efficiency, minimum effort .
It's the art of taking your opponents aggression and force and transforming it.
For example, in Judo it is entirely possible for a smaller weaker player to best a significantly larger and stronger opponent. If the smaller Judoka were to directly resist the larger opponent, they would most likely meet with defeat,
However, if the smaller opponent were to evade the initial attack the redirect the opponents momentum directly into a throw, they could achieve victory.
After all, why even train if the bigger stronger opponent is always supposed to win?
"What To Expect"
As you can imagine...
The first thing you will learn when you start our Judo class is how to fall. The skill of falling is known as Ukemi or breakfalling.
This is essential for the SAFE practice of throwing techniques. Our goal is to get the student feeling very comfortable being thrown. Without this confidence in their ability to fall, a student will not try to take the offense in a competitive situation. Instead they will hesitate and most often get defeated in competition. Falling takes time to learn no matter what.
This falling skill will undoubtedly save you at least once in you lifetime. I have known many martial artists in my lifetime, and EVERY single one of them had a story about them falling and then rolling out of it using ukemi.
Personally my ukemi story starts with me and my friends mountain biking in the forests of Hawaii as a young man. I hit a tree root going at quite a fast speed (I was younger and less wise), my bike stopped cold in it’s tracks. My body was not stopped. I went flying over the handlebars and ended up performing a forward roll out of pure instinct. Falling techniques saved my neck. Literally.
"The ability to fall gracefully and with control is a daunting task but achievable with constant practice."
However, If you were to just learn falling techniques without learning any throws, you would probably quit Judo!
We start teaching throws from the very first day. You can learn throwing techniques on other students who already know how to fall. When it is their turn to throw you, they can just practice the entry into the throw without actually throwing you to the ground.
You see, every Judo throw is broken down into 3 parts so that students can more easily learn the technique.
The first part to every throw is the off balancing, then the entry and finally the finish.
As a beginner you want to gradually start to get thrown so that it gives you a greater understanding of the mechanics of being thrown.
Throughout your training you will come to find out that Judo is an excellent workout and that you are slowly getting into great shape, learning to defend yourself and becoming a self discipline person!
"Some of the concepts you will learn in Judo class are:"
Here's the story:
When I was a teenager, I started training in the martial arts. At that time in my life, I was getting into a LOT of trouble. I was hanging out with the wrong crowd.
But wait, it didn't stop there..
I was staying out late without calling. I was basically a juvenile delinquent. I was a parent's worst nightmare.
Astonishing, isn't it?
Suffice to say I owe my parents a BIG apology!
Anyway, I personally wasn't looking for any of the benefits that the martial arts had to offer.
I just thought it was the coolest thing in the world to be able to actually learn this stuff. It wasn't until I started to progress in the martial arts that I became aware of all of the benefits that martial arts classes had to offer.
My name is Kevin Kawada and my wife’s name is Renee Kawada.
The positive impact that martial arts training had on my life was remarkable.
Because of this, we decided to open our own martial arts school in March of 2004, and made a promise to improve the lives of all our students. We want students to get fit and build up their self confidence the life transforming experience that is martial arts.
We have 2 children. Our daughter is 22 years old and is a Black belt. Her name is Kaitlyn Kawada and she trains at the school daily. Our son is just 14 years old and trains in all of the classes as well.
All of our students get very personalized martial arts instruction and one on one attention. The atmosphere at our martial arts school is both fun AND work oriented.
Please come in and see our school in person! We would love to have you as our next student!
What is the difference between Judo and Brazilian Jiujitsu?
The main differences between the two is that, Judo places a great emphasis on take-down techniques and throws whereas, Brazilian JuJitsu places much more emphasis on groundwork when competing, In a typical Judo school 80% of training time is devoted to standup throws while in a typical BJJ school 80% of the training time is devoted to groundwork. The emphasis on different aspects of grappling is because, the scoring or rules of the each individual style is radically different.
Both Judo and Jiujitsu are martial arts (realistic self defense). However, both martial arts styles can also be practiced as a combative sport, meaning that students compete against one another. Both Judo and Jiu Jitsu emphasize free sparring against other student that are resisting and also attempting offensive techniques. Free sparring in Jujitsu is known as rolling. Free sparring in Judo is known as Randori.
This free sparring does not include striking or kicking but does include throwing, joint-locking and choking techniques to be used. When sparring with joint-locking and chocking techniques, Safety is a main concern and typically, when caught in a submission technique, students use either a verbal or physical message to dictate that they are no longer able to continue and would like to yield (to tap-out)
Question: What exactly is Judo? Where did Judo come from?
Judo was "invented" in the 1800's by a man named Jigoro Kano.
Jigor Kano wasn't a very big man. He was bullied as a child. To learn to defend himself, He endeavored to learn the ancient Japanese art of jiu-jitsu. Kano studied jiu-jitsu under several different teachers in an effort to become as proficient as possible.
Kano quickly realized that Jujitsu was an ancient art designed for the samurai (warrior class) to kill and maim an opponent on the battlefield. Many ofthe techniques, although practical, was too deadly to practice at full speed and power. Jujitsu was unsuited for sport, and much too dangerous to practice.
So in 1882, Kano started his own school or dojo, whcih he called the the Kodokan, and started modifying the art to be safer, and more efficient. He called his newmartial art Judo, His new art had three major tenets: physical education, competitive sparring, and mental discipline.
Question: Can Judo be used for Self-Defense?
There are many benefits to practicing the martial art of Judo, the first one, self-defense is what most people think of. There is no doubt that judo works because Judo skills can end a fight quickly if you are ever caught in a physical confrontation. Think of Judo as the art of hitting someone with a larget weapon you can find, the earth itself.
Question: What is "Randori"?
Answer: One of the defining characteristics of Judo is the competitive aspect called randori in which practitioners wrestle on another in an effort to throw or submit each other to win the match. Judo is a sport martial art, meaning that many techniques that are considered dangerous are prohibited. Strikes to an opponents vital areas, such as the eyes, throat and groin are outlawed. Judo has set of rules that govern how to compete using the techniques that are permitted.
Question: Can I come in and either observe or try a class?
Answer: Yes, of course. You are welcome to observe or try a class. Please contact us to schedule an appointment to come in. The trial class is free.
Question: What do I wear for my trial lesson?
Answer: Wear comfortable clothing. Wearing flip-flops or sandals are the easiest. Our students are not allowed to have footwear on when training on our mats. However, when they do step off our mats footwear is required. Also, we recommend you bringing a water bottle.
Question: When are the adult classes?
Answer: Adult classes are 90 minutes. You can checkout our class schedule here: https://www.lvshaolin.com/schedule/
Question: What if I'm too old or not in shape for martial arts training?
Answer: You're never too old to start martial arts. We have people start at all ages and at different fitness levels. Don't worry about not being in shape. Enrolling in martial arts will help you get in shape. Here at our school you work at your own pace and set your own goals. We are here to help you in reaching your own personal goals.
Question: Can I enroll in martial arts even if I have no experience and not very athletic?
Answer: Of course! You don't need to have any experience to start. Enrolling in martial arts teaches you not just self defense, but it also teaches you to be coordinated, flexible, agile, and strong. Each time you come to class you will improve and develop these qualities. People who already have these qualities grow them even more.
Question: When can I enroll?
Answer: Our program is on-going and you can start at anytime.
Question: How often should I attend class?
Answer: We do understand that everyone's schedule is different. We offer 4 programs to choose from. You are able to choose attending classes once a week, twice a week, 4 times a week, and unlimited. The choice is up to you.
Question: Do I need my own equipment gear?
Answer: If you are on a trial program, you are able to borrow our equipment. However, when enrolling in our regular program students are required to have their own equipment gears. Equipment are purchased here at our martial arts studio.
Question: Are there any testing fees?
Answer: Yes, testing fees are $55 per student. Testing are held twice a year in April and October. Black belt testing fee is $100.
Question: How much does class cost?
Answer: You can check out the prices for our classes here: https://www.lvshaolin.com/prices/
Question: Will I get hurt training in martial arts?
Answer: Martial arts (like any other sport) has its various risks and dangers. However, we always try to be safe and do what we can to prevent injuries.
"What people are saying about our school"
"I found what I was looking for here at the Las Vegas Kung Fu Academy."
"I always wanted to learn judo. However, I was afraid of getting hurt or feeling lost or overwhelmed.
I tried other schools, but the teacher would show the throw once then say, "Okay, try it". I wanted a school that would actually teach and instruct the students.
I found what I was looking for here at the Las Vegas Kung Fu Academy.
Instructor Kevin really breaks down the moves and give you fine details about the throw. He never rushes through a technique. This is the perfect place for me."
"Instructor Kevin has made my learning experience a positive one. "
"If there is one thing to say about judo, it's that if you stick with it, the reward will be great. At first, learning judo is difficult on our body. The constant falling then getting up and repeating the throw can be a bit overwhelming at first.
When I did my first class I wasn't use to basic warm ups - forward rolls, back ward rolls, and break falls. I felt dizzy and my body ached the next day. I knew this was to happen. It's what I do after is what's important. Either I quit and say it's too hard? Or, I continue knowing it will get easier.
After a year, I am still here! Yes, I stuck with it. I have seen many positive changes. I am now able to do the warm ups with ease. I am not afraid to fall.
Instructor Kevin has made my learning experience a positive one. His way of teaching really makes you understand the basics of judo and the important parts of a throw. I like how he's able to breakdown a throw and make it into our exercise and warm up part of class."