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Budokai Judo Club (Toronto)

1110-5 Finch Avenue West
Toronto, Ontario
M3J 2T2

Contact: Rick Koglin
Phone: 416-712-6751
Website: budokaijudoclub.ca/

Hours of Operation

Mon: 6:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Thurs: 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm
Sun: 9:45 am - 1:45 pm


Tatami Judo Mats, Showers, Change Rooms, Parking


Members of Judo Ontario, Judo Canada, International Judo Federation, Kodokan Institute of Japan

Budokai Judo Club (Toronto)

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About our Club

Budokai Judo Club: Toronto's newest judo club for kids of all ages!

Think Judo's just about fighting? Think again...

Judo isn’t just about learning to strategically throw and pin an opponent. There are many other benefits of training in judo that you may not have considered.

-Better Health

-Weight Control

-Learning to defend yourself

Aside from from the physical benefits - improved co-ordination, strength, power and endurance - judo also builds character, confidence, courage and humility among those who practice it. Adults and children who study judo learn more about themselves and the world around them in addition to developing discipline, strength and self confidence.

Judo teaches respect

Judo was developed in 1882 by Dr. Jigoro Kano, who is often referred to as the father of modern sport in Japan. He created judo while he was a student of Jujitsu and his intention was just to refine Jujitsu as a discipline. But he soon realized that he could create something much bigger and judo became an entirely new sport that combined self-defense with a rigorous discipline involving intense mental, physical and spiritual training. Judo is unique in the martial arts in that it’s both a martial art and a sport. In 1965, Judo became the first martial art in the Olympics.

Judo for beginners and advanced – big and small

Dr. Kano was only 5’2″ so he cleverly designed judo to stress leverage over physical size, allowing a smaller opponent to challenge much larger opponent by using a combination of throws, take-downs and grappling. That’s what makes it a great sport and form of elf-defense for men, women and children of all sizes.

Almost 130 years later, judo clubs and schools still follow Kano’s original principles, techniques and standard regimens of sparring/throwing (randori), grappling (newaza), forms (kata) and repetition drills (uchikomi).

Self-defense is an invaluable tool

Whether you’re the little guy who gets bullied or someone who wants to learn self-defense as a preventative measure, judo uses a combination of throws, take-downs, sweeps and grappling techniques and pins. Over time, more advanced students learn chokes and arm locks, but only when they’re ready. These techniques, which are often practiced in the dojo (judo school),are highly effective when someone is being assaulted, grabbed, attacked and/or brought to the ground.

Building Character, Confidence & Courage through Judo

Judo instructors Rick Koglin and Ray Litvak help you to discover both the mental and physical benefits of judo. This age-old sport develops a sound mind and body and instills confidence and humility, which makes it great for children. Competing in tournaments and earning belts, medals and trophies teaches them sportsmanship while it builds character, increases confidence and teaches that with hard work comes rewards.

Try a free week of judo classes and you’ll see what we’re talking about. Call 416-712-6751 today or e-mail us to learn more.

Judo Club and Classes for residents of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) including North York, Downsview, Toronto, Vaughan, Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Markham, Ontario.