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Self Defence for kids & Children

1110-5 Finch Ave. West
North York, Ontario
M3J 2T2

Contact: Sensei Ray Litvak
Phone: (647) 707-2672

Hours of Operation

Mon: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Wed: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Sat: 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm


Martial Arts Club Space and Facilities including mats, changerooms, showers and professional martial arts & self-defense instruction


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Self Defence for kids & Children

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About our Club

Self Defence for Kids & Children in North York

Budokai Judo Club is your go-to self-defence, judo club & martial arts school for North York.

Experienced black belt instructors provide judo and self-defence lessons for kids, teens and students of all ages.

Judo classes do more than teach martial arts techniques or how to fight. They teach students of Judo how to defuse, defend and respond effectively to real-life conflicts that happen on the street from time to time.

Find out more about self-defence and judo classes for kids and adults by calling (647) 707-2672 or e-mailing us at You'll be glad that you did!

Judo for Self-Defense

Judo is a useful tool for self-defence, especially when it comes to our kids. Children have faced bullying for as long as there have been children. But recent media attention has highlighted some tragic stories of children who couldn't deal with the abuse on their own.

The art of judo was created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano, with that very situation in mind. He turned to martial arts because of bullying at the school he attended and developed judo into the all-encompassing mindset and way of life that it is today.

Budokai Judo Club co-founder Sensei Ray Litvak understands too, having gone through his period of bullying as a child. At a young age, Ray began judo lessons for self-defence and never looked back.

Judo: The Gentle Way

One of the founding principles of judo, the gentle way, is the key to understanding why it's an ideal self-defence system for kids. It means:

The specific techniques all work towards those goals. Self-defence training in the form of judo classes teaches children that bullies can be dealt with, and dangers can be avoided.

Judo teaches one how to avoid conflict if possible and deal with it if necessary without anger in a way that defuses aggression rather than adding to it.

In addition to self-defence skills, judo classes have many other benefits:

Sensei Ray Litvak is a 3rd-degree black belt in Judo and works hard to maintain a fun and supportive environment for kids and all students that want to learn judo and self-defence.

Are you looking for a self-defence system for kids near North York or Toronto? You've come to the right place.

About Budokai Judo Club

Founded by Ray Litvak (Certified Judo black belts and instructor), the goal of Budokai Judo Club is to imbue its students with the character, confidence and courage that practicing judo over time instills in its students.

The club is in the heart of North York at 1110 Finch Avenue West, Unit #5, North York, Ontario M3J 2T2 and is located in the North York Aikido Club/Aikido Hokuryukai. 

Judo lessons and self-defence programs for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) including Toronto, North York, Downsview, Vaughan, Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Woodbridge and York Region, Ontario.