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Self Defense for kids (North York)

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

Contact: Rick (Yukio) Koglin
Phone: (416) 712-6751


Martial Arts Club Space and Facilities including mats, changerooms, showers and professional martial arts instruction


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Self Defense for kids (North York)

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About our Club

Self Defense for Kids in North York

Budokai Judo Club is your go-to judo club for North York. Our experienced and certified instructors provide judo lessons to students of all ages and skill levels at the recreational and competitive levels.

Judo classes do much more than teach specific martial arts techniques or how to fight. They teach judoka - or judo students - how to defuse and respond effectively to conflicts.

• Find out more about self-defense classes and judo classes for kids and adults by calling (416) 712-6751 or e-mailing us at

Judo for Self-Defense

This venerable martial art is a highly effective tool for self-defense, especially when it comes to our kids. Children have been faced with bullying for as long as there have been children but recent media attention has highlighted some truly tragic stories of children who couldn’t deal with the abuse.

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

He understood what children face and Budokai Judo Club co-founder Sensei Ray Litvak understands too, having gone through his own period of bullying as a child. At age 12 he began judo lessons for self-defense and never looked back.

Judo: the ‘Gentle Way’

One of the founding principles of judo, ‘the gentle way’ or ‘the gentle touch’ is the key to understanding why it’s the ideal self-defense system for kids. It means:

• Using gentleness to overcome hardness

• Training a smaller opponent to overcome a much stronger one

The specific techniques all work towards those goals. Self-defense training in the form of judo classes teaches children that bullies can be dealt with and dangers can be avoided. Judo teaches you 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-defense skills, judo classes have many other benefits:

• improves stamina and balance

• improves general fitness level

• increases confidence

• teaches discipline and self-control

• skills will grow along with them as students progress

Sensei’s Ray Litvak and Rick Koglin are both black belts and work hard to maintain a fun and supportive environment for individuals and families to learn judo.

• Looking for judo classes or a self-defense system for kids? You've come to the right place.

About Budokai Judo Club

Founded by Sensei’s Rick Koglin and Ray Litvak, (Certified Judo black belts and instructors), the goal of the club is to imbue its students (men, women, children) with the character, confidence and courage that practicing judo over time instills in its students.

The club can be found 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. For more information, please contact Rick Koglin at (416) 712-6751 or e-mail us today.

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

Budokai Judo Club: Providing judo lessons and kids self defense programs for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) including Toronto, North York, Downsview, Vaughan, Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Woodbridge and York Region, Ontario.