What to expect from a class

On the mat

We bow before entering the practice mat. If we must come in late we bow to the head instructor and explain why we are late. At the beginning of class we stand in line facing the instructors. We stand in order by age category and within each category by rank. The age categories in judo are Yonen (12 years and under), Shonen (13 to 16 years) and Seinen (17 years and above). Higher ranks within each age category stand on the left with lower ranks to the right.

Starting Class

At the start of class the instructors (senseis) stand oposite the students and ask that they line up in grade order. Class is called to attention. We perform a standing bow at the command “rei”. Class proceeds with warm up exercises.

During Class

We typically practice with a partner(uki), we ask that you respect your uki, remember if you have to thow someone, it will be thier turn next.

No gum, food or beverages are permitted on or around the mat. There are two acceptable ways to sit in class. The first is sitting on the knees. The second is sitting cross-legged. These methods of sitting will be demonstrated in the beginners class.

Always walk around or behind the instructors during class. Make sure that your fingernails and toenails are trimmed and filed so as not to cut or injure your opponent. Good hygiene is an essential part of good judo etiquette.

Ending Class

At the conclusion of class we will line up again. The class will be called to attention. This is followed by a command to do a kneeling bow “za-rei”. always follow the senseis.

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