Judo Seminar at SWPMA- Sept-Oct 2016
Every Sunday in September and October this year, Southwest Portland Martial Arts (SWPMA) will be hosting a Judo class at 1pm. The class will be led by a teacher from Portland Judo. The purpose of the class will be to provide a 9 week intro to Judo: falls, throws and locks.
When Sifu Wally set up this class with Roy (the head instructor) from Portland Judo, he made it clear that we would be a group of beginners, some of whom have BJJ experience or wrestling experience. It should be perfect for people of all levels of skill.
Register before July 15th for the early bird registration – $125. Cost of the class will go up to $150 on July 16th.
Here’s an excerpt lifted from the Portland Judo website, to give you an idea of what the “gentle art” (that’s the translation from the Japanese) is all about:
"Judo is a combat sport created in Japan in 1882 by Dr. Jigoro Kano. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the object is to either throw one’s opponent to the ground, immobilize one’s opponent with a grappling maneuver, or force an opponent to submit.
There is only one recognized form of Judo in the world which is governed by the International Judo Federation (IJF). With 183 member nations, Judo is the largest international sports organization in the world and the first martial art to be part of the Olympic Games.
Judo is the second most practiced sport in the world with over 8 million registered athletes, second only to soccer. The worldwide spread of Judo has led to the development of a number of offshoots such as Sambo and the widely-popular Brazilian Jiu Jitsu."