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Judo means many different 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 develops self-discipline and respect for oneself and others. Judo provides the means for learning self-confidence, concentration and leadership skills as well as physical coordination, power and flexibility. Learn to use leverage-based control holds to neutralize threats without violence. All the techniques are purely defensive. We believe that a program that emphasizes respect, conditioning and character development is just as important as a solid technical program. As a sport that has evolved from a fighting art it develops complete body control, fine balance and fast reflexive action. Above all it develops a sharp reacting mind well-coordinated with the same kind of body. …

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Chikarakogeki Karate & Judo Kai is a unique martial arts club in Gainesville, Florida that offers true hands-on training in Kodokan Judo and Isshinryu Karate. Students gain confidence by learning effective self-defense techniques while staying fit and having fun. We offer self-defense classes for kids, self-defense for women and self-defense for men. There are no contracts and rates start at $65 a month which includes access to all classes. Family and group rates are available. We also have Gi’s for sale, (uniforms for sale). Our Club is a USJA Charted Class “A” Club. All of our instructors have up-to-date background screenings required by the USJA and certified to work with individuals of all ages and experience levels. One of the benefits is, should you move away from Gainesville, FL., your JUDO Rank will be recognized throughout the world. Visit the USJA website for more information …

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Frequently asked question’s Can I get hurt at Judo? Pain is a pesky part of being human; you can get hurt walking down the steps, riding a bike or cooking dinner. You can also get hurt training Judo. We teach our students how to be very careful when learning Judo. Students gain self-confidence, learn discipline and effective self-defense techniques while staying fit and having fun in the process. What are the most common injuries in Judo? You can expect bumps and bruises whether you compete or sport Judo. Most common injuries are strained muscles or sprained ligaments. Both can usually be avoided by regular stretching before and after practice. Occasionally you will bend a fingernail or toenail; we try to avoid this by keeping our nails short. Expect some aches and pains because of an awkward fall or land. You should consult your doctor if …

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What is Judo? Judo is a Japanese martial art and Olympic combat sport developed in 1882 by Jigoro Kano. Judo, which is translated as the “gentle way”, teaches the principle of flexibility in the application of technique. This is the flexible or efficient use of balance, leverage, and movement in the performance of Judo throws, technique and timing to overcome a stronger opponent. It is not only competition and fighting; it’s the practice of form, self-defense and discipline. The ultimate goal in Judo is to develop oneself to the maximum extent possible, always striving for perfection.   Kodokan history of Judo Judo is derived from Jujutsu. It was created by Professor Jigoro Kano who was born in Japan on October 28, 1860 and who died May 4, 1938 after a lifetime of promoting Judo. Mastering several styles of jujutsu including Kito-Ryu and Tenjin-Shinyo Ryu in his …

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Tatsuo Shimabuku the founder of Isshinryu Karate was born on September 19, 1908 in Chun Village, Okinawa. He began the study of Shuri-Te Karate with his uncle at the age of 8 years old. As he grew older, he studied Shorin-Ryu under Chotoku Kyan, Goju-Ryu with Chojun Miyagi, and Shorei-Ryu under Choki Motobu. He studied Okinawa Kobudo Weapons under Shinken Taira, from whom he learned the techniques of the Bo and sai. Master Shimabuku was an 8th Dan (red and white belt) in Shorin-Ryu, and developed considerable skill in Goju-Ryu and Shorei-Ryu. In his life long study of these different styles Master Shimabuku saw that each different style had its strengths. His dream was to combine the strengths of each style into one new style of karate. It was because of this that Isshinryu was born. It is generally considered that the roots of Isshinryu …

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R.Chapman Owner, Chief Instructor Sensei Ronald E. Chapman MS, RRT Ron Chapman was first introduced to martial arts in 1967 while watching an exhibition by schoolmates at James H. Bright Elementary school, in Hialeah Fl. At the same time his older brother, Roger Springfels, would tell him stories of exhibitions he had seen. This interest led him to begin informal training in Judo. He started formal training in Kempo in 1972 at the age of 10. He later trained Tae Kwon Do in 1975 and attained the rank of 2nd degree black belt in that style by 1978. Ron began training Isshinryu Karate during the summer of 1977 with Dr. Milledge Murphy at the Gainesville YMCA. He continued training Tae Kwon Do. In 1980 he began training with Aston Hugh (Order of Isshinryu) while he lived in Miami. He was promoted to Sho-Dan in Isshinryu …