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. With over 200 members, we are one of the largest Judo clubs in the United States and pride ourselves in serving the community with a means for families and individuals to enjoy Judo as a competitive sport or recreational activity.
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."
Our students and sensei compete at local, national and international tournaments.
Students are encouraged to compete in tournaments to master their judo skills, to overcome their fears and be successful. Most importantly, it is fun and they make friends with their fellow judokas.