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MAC' s Student Guide to Judo

This Student guide is designed to be a reference to all materials taught at the MAC and Judo Class at CSULA.  It is not a substitute for regular attendance, but is designed to reinforce and expand on what you are being taught.

What is Judo? (copyrighted by Neil Ohlenkamp,, and used with permission.)

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.

Judo comes to us from the fighting system of feudal Japan. Founded in 1882 by Dr. Jigoro Kano, Judo is a refinement of the ancient martial art of Jujutsu. Dr. Kano, President of the University of Education, Tokyo, studied these ancient forms and integrated what he considered to be the best of their techniques into what is now the modern sport of Judo.

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

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The Ultimate Goal in Judo

"Life long perfection of Character."
Soke Jigoro Kano

Orientation Class and Basics

     The orientation period consists of 3 classes to introduce the beginner to Judo. There is no formal test to graduate from the orientation class, but the student is expected to know the basic terminology, falling, and the first strangulation technique, and several pinning techniques. The class is divided into three sections. The first class consist of an introduction to Judo, general etiquette, dojo (training hall) rules, and a brief history of Judo. The second class is a review of the first class and adds falling techniques and pinning techniques.  The last class includes more pinning techniques as well as strangulation techniques. The classes are cumulative and by the end of the third class, the student should have a fundamental understanding of the basics.

Promotion Requirements

     Students must be enrolled in Judo for at least one quarter in order to be considered for promotion. Promotions are given to students that show proficiency in the techniques on the course description.




     They should be used for general guidance only. All students are expected to learn the poomses from class, not from these illustrations. These illustrations and descriptions are for reference purposes only. The ultimate reference is the instructors, not this, or any other web site.

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This Student Guide is just that, a guide.  Many sources and hours have gone into the design and upkeep of this site.  If you have any questions or suggestions, please don't hesitate to ask.

This Student Guide was created to assist the student at Cal State LA in there training in Judo.  This guide is not a replacement for actual instruction by an instructor.

Copyright 2002 by MAC@CSULA

Course Outline
(for JUDO class)
Informed Par-F
Supplemental Materials
History of Judo
Ultimate Goal of Judo
Kata (Forms)