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The best judo school in Bellevue, Seiei Dojo offers the best martial art instruction and facility to learn judo. We will teach your child to live by our code, Respect, Honor, Discipline, and Commitment. Your child will learn how to set goals to propel them forward and help them transform insurmountable mountains into walkable hills. We teach and train them to believe in themselves to be the best that they can be. Our members regularly win the top places in judo competition podium including national level competition that speaks for the quality of our judo program. Our instructors are some of the best you can find in the nation who help our members reach their goal and realize their full potential.

Why Judo?

Judo has many benefits, beginning with self-defense. Although Prof. Jigoro Kano intended this martial art to be more of a sport, it has transformed into an effective self-defense art. In Judo, you will learn a variety of skills that involves balance, coordination and effective motion. You will also learn how to fall safely so that you do not injure yourself. These benefits will aid you dramatically if you are ever caught in a physical confrontation. In fact, what you learn in Judo about safe falls can be acclimated to other activities. This will lower your risk of sustaining serious injury while competing in other sports.

Judo not only works out the body, but it also works out the mind. When taking Judo, you will build self-confidence, trust, self-discipline and respect for yourself and others. There are specific rules and regulations that one must follow in Judo, such as respecting your teacher as well as your opponent.

In addition to positively affecting the mind and body, Judo is also good for the spirit. The fluid range of movement is somewhat of a mediation, which calms the mind and soothes the soul. Judo has also been known and effective to positively affect the lives of special needs individuals and build confidence in others who have been bullied or picked on.

What is Judo?

Judo(jūdō, meaning "gentle way") is a modern martial art, combat and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defenses are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata) and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice (randori).The philosophy and subsequent pedagogy developed for judo became the model for other modern Japanese martial arts that developed from koryū ( traditional schools). The worldwide spread of judo has led to the development of a number of offshoots such as Sambo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Judo practitioners are called judoka.the martial art of Judo is a great way to learn self-defense techniques, get a great workout, and lower everyday stress levels. 

Etiquette of judo

More than just a combat sport, Judo offers students a code of ethics – that is, a way of living and being. It is a part of the physical education program of numerous junior high and high schools, colleges, training centers, and clubs around the world where people are discovering the way of life known as judo. At Seiei Dojo, every member is taught and live by its code of ethics, Respect, Discipline, Commitment and Honor. 

Four basic tenets and rituals of judo

THE BOW

Judo practitioners bow to each other before and after a fight as a sign of courtesy. When judo players first start training, they are typically taught to bow upon leaving and entering the dojo and to any instructors. During a match, bowing to the opponent signifies the courtesy to each other as opponents and a recognition that the bout must be fought with fairness and good sportsmanship.

RESPECT

Judo players are supposed to respect all of their rivals and treat them with the utmost respect. Knowing that the techniques they have mastered may do serious harm to others, judo players are supposed to fight with honor and with an understanding that such maneuvers should only be used under controlled conditions. According to the IJF, "judo students learn much of the social etiquette necessary to become solid citizens of the world."

MODESTY

Judoka are taught to be modest; any boastful or bullying behavior is not tolerated. Judo players are expected to have respect for their opponents after a match has ended and are to avoid any arrogant display that may offend others. Judo fighters are to remain modest no matter who has won the match. Victors are expected to keep their celebrations humble and losers are expected to behave with dignity.

PERSEVERANCE

Judo players are instructed not to give up and to keep training continually to improve their mental and physical performance, especially after they have suffered a defeat. Even after a difficult loss, judo players are supposed to maintain their composure and uphold the martial art's tenet of perseverance. They should not be overwhelmed by a defeat and should always act courageously.

Benefits of Judo

Judo benefits people in multiple physical ways, including:

  • Developing physical fitness
  • Growth in strength and flexibility
  • Increased speed and agility
  • Greater endurance
  • Good static and dynamic balance
  • Improved reaction time
  • Excellent coordination
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Indeed, many students become bigger, stronger, and faster through their Judo practice.

    Beyond the physical, Judo students learn:

  • To control their feelings, emotions, and impulses
  • About the nature of competition
  • How to overcome their fears
  • How to show courage in the face of pressure or fear
  • The value of a solid work ethic
  • Valuable social skills
  • About justice and fairness
  • To build meaningful relationships with others