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Budokai Judo Club: The Go-To Judo Club for Kids of All Ages in North York & Toronto

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

Based in North York, Ontario, Budokai Judo Club is the Greater Toronto’s Area’s (GTA) answer to the best in professional judo instruction for kids of all ages.

Known for its physical and psychological benefits (fitness, confidence, bully-proofing), judo is the ideal martial art for kids.  Both a martial art and an official Olympic sport since 1964.

Many say that judo is the best martial art for kids

Judo is at its most effective when one is being attacked or assaulted. With its emphasis on leverage, judo teaches a smaller person how to overcome a larger person using minimal force by using an attacker’s strength against them.

As Budokai judo instructor Ray Litvak says, “A well-trained judoka (judo practitioner) is not in the habit of starting a fight.  At Budokai, we teach students how to avoid physical confrontations. But when presented with no other alternative, a well-trained judoka will finish a fight.”

Founded by Sensei Ray Litvak, (Certified Judo black belt and instructors), the goal of the club is to imbue its students with the character, confidence and courage that practicing judo over time instills in its students.

Judo is practiced by children (boys and girls) men and women worldwide and the club welcomes all, from beginner to advanced judoka.

The club is located in the heart of North York at  1110-5 Finch Ave. West, North York, Ontario M3J 2T2 and is located in the North York Aikido Club/Aikido Hokuryukai.  The club opened its doors on Sunday,August, 19, 2012 and is still going strong.  For more information, or to pre-register or take a FREE trial class,  please contact  Ray Litvak at 647-707-2672 email us today at

About Budokai Judo Club

Based in North York, Ontario, Budokai Judo Club is the Greater Toronto Area’s (GTA) answer to professional judo instruction (recreational, fitness and competitive and self-defence) for people of all ages.

Providing judo lessons for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) including Toronto, North York, Downsview, Vaughan, Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Woodbridge and York Region, Ontario.

How much MMA is too much on television?

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Now that the dust has settled from UFC 129 in Toronto, I decided to look ahead and see what exciting MMA events are ahead.

We have UFC 130 (Rampage vs Hamill) on May 28.
A week later: The Ultimate Fighter live finale on June 4.
A week later: UFC 131 (Dos Santos vs Carwin) on June 11.
A week later: Strikeforce (Overeem vs Werdum) on June 18, now under Zuffa ownership.
A week later: UFC Live on Versus (Marquardt vs Johnson) on June 26.
A week later: UFC 132 (Cruz vs Faber 2) on July 2.

Phew. That’s six consecutive weekends with major MMA events happening. It’s a far cry from the old days, when Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu master Royce Gracie would pop up once a year for the UFC tournament. It begs the question: how much MMA is too much?

I see four possible models for an MMA promotion’s broadcast schedule:

1. The annual (original UFC model)
This model has fittingly gone the way of the dinosaur. Back then, with the Internet not really in play, the UFC probably needed a full year to promote its event and fill the seats. Even then, events would only have around 1,200 people.

2. The pro wrestling model
Don’t worry – I’m not comparing mixed martial arts to the WWE. I’m just referencing the pro wrestling model, which consists of several big events per year (monthly or bi-monthly). This model allows for the hyping of “superfights”; the UFC arguably stuck with this model for most of the 2000s.

3. The NFL (and current UFC) model
The UFC has almost become a weekly sporting affair, with events more weekends than not and the reality TV show ensuring that there is some sort of MMA programming to see every week. While this model brings us close to the saturation point, I understand the UFC’s motivation. By making MMA an everyday thing, constantly present, it feels more like a “true” sport, doesn’t it? People can have water-cooler discussions about the UFC’s happenings every day or at least every week, the same way they would about football on Monday morning.

4. The NHL/NBA/MLB (daily) model
I for one hope MMA doesn’t take the next step and become a daily operation. Seeing combatants battle in the Octagon every day would be too much; the fights could lose their significance.

Overall, I think MMA is doing just fine at No. 3. I just hope it stops before it saturates our lives at No. 4.

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Which Martial Art is Best? Part 1: JUDO

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Over the last couple of months, we’ve discussed plenty of mixed martial arts. But sometimes it’s fun to break down each discipline that comprises MMA. A question we used to ask (say, in the days of the first UFC) but don’t anymore is: which is the most effective martial art?

Over the next few weeks, I’ll cover as many disciplines as I can. We’ll start with Judo.

A combination of throws, takedowns and  grappling, Judo was developed in the late 1800s by Dr. Jigoro Kano in Japan. The name of the game is leverage – taking away your opponents’ balance to set up throws. The best Judo practitioners are masters at defeating opponents much larger than them.

So how does Judo stack up against other elements? Essentially, it has similar strengths to both wrestling and Brazilian Jitsu while remaining a unique art. Like wrestlers, Judoka use lots of creative leg sweeps and takedowns to take away opponents’ footing, minimize their balance and neutralize their striking power. Once on the ground, Judoka control their opponent’s using a variety of hold downs, chokes and arm locks, just as BJJ practitioners do.

One strength I notice among Judoka – especially those competing in MMA – is an outstanding ability to evade trouble on the ground. Their timing and leverage makes them very tough to keep in one place.

Famous Judo practitioners: Fedor Emelianenko, Karo Parisyan

Given MMA’s popularity, there’s no more famous Judoka today than Fedor Emelianenko. He’s a Russian gold medalist and Master of Sports in Judo. Given his numerous wins over opponents much bigger than him – like Bob Sapp and Hong-Man Choi – it’s no surprise that he’s a Judo master. That said, Fedor incorporates other elements such as Sambo and boxing into his repertoire.

So where does Judo’s effectiveness rank? The main (if only) criticism is that it doesn’t develop a fighter’s striking ability. On one hand, Fedor has defeated striking juggernauts like Mirko Cro Cop using takedowns; on the other hand, he wouldn’t be nearly as dominant if he didn’t also have heavy hands.

Perhaps a better measuring stick of Judo’s effectiveness is Karo Parisyan, who practices Judo in MMA more exclusively. He’s performed well against other ground fighters, tossing them around the cage like ragdolls. But, when Parisyan struggles, it’s against powerhouse strikers like Thiago Alves (Muay Thai) or Georges St-Pierre (Karate).

As we move onto our next martial art, we know Judo is an extremely effective discipline in that it allows fighters to engage any opponent of any size at any time. But we also know that it leaves a hole in the striking department – one that certain types of fighters can exploit.

By Matt Larkin
Guest Writer

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