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Established in 1947, the San Jose Buddhist Judo Club is one of the oldest Judo clubs in the Bay Area with a reputation of producing many champions and outstanding students. Students learn to use the disciplines of Judo to perfect themselves, to cultivate trust and respect from others, and to become a value to society.

The San Jose Buddhist Judo Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Thanks to our dedicated instructors, who are all volunteers and donate their time and efforts, our club provides quality instruction in the art and sport of Judo at a minimum cost to students of all ages. We pride ourselves in serving the community with a means for families and individuals to enjoy Judo as a competitive sport or recreational activity.


Pre-Judo Class

For students 5 1/2 to

7 years old


Youth Judo

For students between 8-17 years old


Adult Judo

For all adults; parents are welcome

SJB Students Jayden & Caleb compete at USA Judo Senior Nationals in 3 different Katas

Jayden and Caleb, were the youngest kata team to compete at the USA Judo Senior National Kata Championships this past weekend. Their outstanding performance in three Kata events showcased exceptional skills and teamwork and earned them Gold in Goshin Jitsu (forms of Self-Defense) and Silver in Nage No Kata (forms of throwing). Kudos to Jayden and Caleb for their remarkable achievement! They were coached by Sensei Elaine Abad, who played a vital role in their success.


#JudoChampions #TeamWork #GoldMedal #SilverMedal #SenseiElaineAbad

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What is Judo?

"Judo (柔道, meaning "gentle way") is modern martial art, combat and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano (嘉納治五郎). Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke."




We are dedicated to providing students with highest quality instruction based on the principles of Kodokan Judo. 

Students are taught not only judo but how to be a successful, respectful and responsible person. 



Students are encouraged to compete in tournaments to master their judo skills, to learn to overcome their fears and to become successful. Our club and sensei will provide the training, coaching and support to all students.



SJB Judo Club is about giving back to the community.

In addition to our annual judo tournament, our club has many volunteer and social events that allow students and their families to bond on and off the mat. 

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