North Raleigh Judo Club
Judo Classes - Emphasizing safety and full physical activity for top conditioning
Sensei Rob Olevsky, USJA certified 4th Degree Blackbelt in Judo, is the chief instructor of the judo program at Karate International. Mr. Olevsky leads the Judo classes in the Raleigh location. Mr Olevsky expects the clubs to continue to grow and impact judo in the Triangle area in a positive manor.
Judo is translated from the Japanese as "The Way of Flexibility". Professor Jigaro Kano, a master of three different styles of jujitsu (or, "The Methods of Flexibility"), developed it in 1882. Judo is an art that involves throwing, pinning and sweeping of the opponent. In our Judo programs at Karate International the student will experience a great workout with safety warm ups as well as plenty of rondori in each class. Our students will learn Judo technique from stand up positions as well as starting on the ground.
What can I expect from the beginner level classes?
Beginner students will participate in some simple falling instruction and learning to some of the very basics of judo technique. Some drill type work will be offered to you in the first class, along with a bit of watching. Their skill level will be determined in the first class and instruction will be based on that skill level.
Is there anything in particular I need to bring for my first time?
Since the introductory program includes a "student uniform", most new students do not need to bring anything with them. If you have additional workout supplies, there will be a place in our facility where you can leave a gymbag. We do suggest that you leave valuables in your car.
What supplies will I need for taking Judo classes?
Judo does not require any additional supplies at the beginning level. Some people who have had Judo before, know the benefits of a Judo/grappling uniform, for all the tugging and pulling. If you have a previous martial arts uniform, feel free to wear it. If you have a grappling uniform already, definitely bring that with you. If you'd like a Judo/grappling uniform rather than the student uniform that comes with an introductory program, most locations have those in stock.
How do I get started?
Most new Judo students start by coming in to try our introductory program to give Judo a try. We have a short introductory program that allows you to try out three classes before you make any decisions. We like to do a short orientation before the class, and fit new students for their uniforms. So, the first time you come, we set an appointment for 15 minutes prior to the class times.