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The San Jose Buddhist Judo Club is one of the oldest and most reputable Judo clubs in the Bay Area.  It was established in 1947 and has produced many champions and outstanding students.  The students have learned 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, we are able to provide quality instruction in the art and sport of Judo at a minimum fee to students of all ages.  With over 200 members, we are one of the largest Judo club in the United States and we pride ourselves in serving the community with a means for families and individuals to enjoy Judo as an organized sport or recreational activity.

Practice Hours Year Round (Mondays and Thursdays)

For ages 5 to 6 (Pre-judo), 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

For ages 7 to 12 (Juniors), 7:00 to 8:30 pm

For ages 12 to adult (Seniors), 7:00 pm to 9 pm

Additional days TBA


640 North 5th Street, San Jose, CA

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How do I enroll?

San Jose Buddhist Judo Club is open to the public for male and female students 7 years and older. However, we will accept 5 to 6 year old students in the PRE-JUDO class if another member of the family is a current member and if there is an opening available as space is limited to a certain number of students. Admission into the PRE-JUDO class is at the discretion of the instructor.

Please visit our dojo to observe our classes and pick-up an information packet any time during our regularly scheduled practices. The packet contains information about our club and its policies, and the forms for enrollment. We can answer any additional qustions you may have during your visit.

How much will it cost?

  • $70.00/year - United States Judo Federation (USJF) membership and insurance

  • $25.00 - One time enrollment fee

  • $75.00/month - Tuition

  • $45.00 and up - Standard judogi (you are not required to purchase a gi from us, but you must wear a gi to practice)

"Judo (柔道 jūdō, meaning "gentle way") is a 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.

The principles of judo are: seiryoku zen'yō (精力善用, maximum efficiency, minimum effort) and jita kyōei (自他共栄, mutual welfare and benefit)."


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