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Helping You Unlock Your Talent in Judo

Whether you’re a man, woman, child, or adult, Ryoku Judo Club in Las Vegas, Nevada offers Judo classes that suit your skill level. We teach students ages 5 and up. When you join our club, you learn from national-certified coaches

who have years of teaching experience.

About Judo

How Judo Began

Judo is derived from jujutsu. It was created by Professor Jigoro Kano, who was born in Japan on October 28, 1860 and died on May 4, 1938 after a lifetime of promoting Judo. 


Mastering several styles of jujutsu, including Kito-Ryu and Tenjin Shinyo-Ryu in his youth, he began to develop his own system based on modern sports principles. In 1882 he founded the Kodokan Judo Institute in Tokyo where he began teaching and which is still the international authority for Judo.

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The name Judo was chosen because it means the “gentle or yielding way.” Kano emphasized the larger educational value of training in attack and defense so that it could be a path or way of life that all people could participate in and benefit from. 


He eliminated some of the traditional jujutsu techniques and changed training methods so that most of the moves could be done with full force to create a decisive victory without injury. 

The Rise of Judo

The popularity of Judo increased dramatically after a famous contest hosted by the Tokyo police in 1886 where the Judo team defeated the most well-known jujutsu school of the time. It then became a part of the Japanese physical education system and began its spread around the world. 


Dr. Kano, president of the University of Education in Tokyo, dedicated his life. He studied the ancient martial art of jujutsu and integrated what he considered to be the best of their techniques into what is now the modern sport of Judo.

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Judo is many things to different people. It is a fun sport, an art, a discipline, a recreational or social activity, a fitness program, a means of self-defense or combat, and a way of life. It is all of these and more.


In 1964, Judo was introduced to the Olympic Games. It is practiced by millions of people throughout the world today. People practice Judo to excel in competition, stay in shape, develop self-confidence, and many other reasons. Most of all, however, people do Judo just for the fun of it. 

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Judo Techniques


Judo is best known for its spectacular throwing techniques, but it also involves considerable grappling on the ground, utilizing specialized pins, control holds, arm locks, and Judo choking techniques. Judo emphasizes safety and full physical activity for top conditioning. It is learned on special mats for comfort and safety.

All Kinds of People Can Participate


This martial art is unique in that all age groups, both sexes, and most persons with disabilities can participate together in learning and practicing the sport. Judo is an inexpensive year-round activity that appeals to people from all walks of life. Many people more than sixty years of age, as well as very young boys and girls, enjoy the sport. 

What You Can Learn From Judo

Judo develops self-discipline and respect for oneself and others. Judo provides the means for learning self-confidence, concentration, and leadership skills. It also improves your physical coordination, power, and flexibility. As a sport that has evolved from a fighting art, it develops complete body control, fine balance, and fast reflexes. 


Above all, it develops a sharp mind that is well-coordinated with your body. Judo training gives a person an effective self-defense system if the need arises. It is often a part of the training done by athletes preparing for mixed martial arts (MMA) matches.

Principles and Goals of Judo

Judo, which is translated as the “gentle way,” teaches the principle of flexibility in the application of technique. This is the flexible or efficient use of balance, leverage, and movement in the performance of Judo throws and other skills.


Skill, technique, and timing, rather than the use of brute strength, are the essential ingredients for success in Judo. For example, in Judo classes, you may learn how to give way rather than use force to overcome a stronger opponent.


The principles of Judo, such as maximum efficiency and mutual welfare and benefit, can also be used in our dealings with others in life. The ultimate goal in Judo is to develop oneself to the maximum extent possible, always striving for perfection, so that you can contribute something of value to the world.


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