is Universal Judo San Antonio's Premier Judo Training Center? Our combination
of expert coaching, modern training methods, safe training facilities,
competition results and great family environment make us the "Premier
Judo Training Center" in San Antonio.
Judo is many things to different people: martial art, sport and way
of life are just a few. We at Universal Judo consider Judo to be one
of the best forms of physical education. In fact, when Japanese educator
Jigoro Kano developed Judo in 1882, his main goal was to create a comprehensive
method of physical education for an evolving, modern Japan. After decades
of international expansion, Judo became an Olympic sport in 1964.
the difference between Judo and the other arts?
Martial arts can be grouped into three categories: the striking arts
(taekwondo, karate, kung fu), the weapon arts (kendo, iaido, escrima),
and the grappling arts like Judo and jujitsu. Judo involves wrestling-like
moves. It has no strikes and uses no weapons.
popular is Judo?
Today, Judo is practiced for fun, fitness, recreation, self-defense
and competition throughout the world by millions of people. Judo has
found its way into the school systems of many European and Asian countries.
At the Olympic level, Judo's popularity is so great that it's usually
the first sport to completely sell out.
should I learn Judo instead of another art?
Judo is a better form of physical education, especially for children.
Judo training is tougher, so your body is better prepared mentally and
physically to withstand the rigors of an assault. It's more complete
because it has standing and ground fighting skills. It provides a better
sense of true accomplishments because there is no "make believe" in
its training. It's an excellent sport to cross-train in because it offers
great development in balance, kinesthetic awareness, coordination and
can I start?
You can start any time you are ready to join our program. We have no
specific beginning sessions.
do I get started?
That's easy! Fill out the registration form, pay your training fees,
purchase your uniform, and you're ready to embark on a wonderful journey
I have to sign a contract?
No. We are on a three, six or 12 month membership basis.
old must my child be to start judo?
Although we accept children as young as five on a case by case basis,
a better starting age may be 6 or 7 for some children. The starting
age will depend on a child's maturity level, attention span, interest,
and sports background.
I too old to start Judo?
That really depends on how old you think you are, and what kind of physical
and medical condition you are in. We have students who begin Judo well
into their forties. Judo is a sport that you can practice beyond your
sixties provided you start early enough in your life.
fit must I be before I can start training?
If you wait until you are fit, you'll never start Judo! So, come in
with whatever fitness level you have, and we'll adjust your training.
I need special equipment?
The only equipment you'll need is a Judo uniform, which you can purchase
from our supplier. You can purchase directly from the supplier and they
will ship directly to your home.
will my first lessons consist of?
Since our classes consist of students with a variety of Judo experience,
you will participate at your own pace in a general warm-up and stretching
period. After that, you will be assigned an assistant coach or a senior
student to teach you some basic skills. You will probably get your first
taste of sparring, which we call randori, toward the end of your first
practice. Of course, it'll be with a very accommodating training partner
who will help you reinforce some of the skills you learned in your first
lesson. This set-up will last until you are capable of participating
with the rest of the class.
I practice with less or more experienced people?
You will be paired up with a variety of training partners, all of whom
will be there to help you learn Judo in a positive environment.
Judo appropriate for girls or women?
Very much so! In our opinion, females need Judo more than males do.
According to many statistics, as many as one in three females will be
subjected to an assault, mugging or rape in her lifetime! We believe
that Judo training will give females the physical strength, mental toughness
and self-defense tools to better handle an assault. Judo will also help
females develop assertiveness and confidence to face the day to day
hurdles in today's society.
Judo help me defend myself?
Judo's detractors will tell you that Judo isn't effective for self-defense
because it's a sport. On the other hand, the same detractors will tell
you that boxing, which is another Olympic sport, is effective for self-defense.
Go figure! The bottom line is that Judo is effective for self-defense
precisely because it is a combative sport. The competitive element in
Judo training gives you a much more realistic preparation for self-defense
situations, especially since Judo involves both standing and ground
fighting skills. There are no forms or "air bashing" in Judo- only real
interaction with a real training partner who fights back.
Judo help me in other sports?
Judo is one of the best sports to cross-train in, especially if you
play a contact sport. It's a natural complement to wrestling. Judo will
improve your balance, coordination, kinesthetic awareness, strength,
physical and mental toughness, and self-confidence, and will make you
a better athlete.
judo practice physically challenging enough to substitute for time in
Yes. Many of our adults have joined us after being bored with their
weight training or cardio programs. Judo offers anaerobic, aerobic,
strength and flexibility training in addition to the technical and self-defense
judo help me be a better high school wrestler?
Most assuredly, yes! As a matter of fact we don't understand why every
wrestler isn't also a Judo player. Wrestlers who do Judo become better
wrestlers. Wrestlers will benefit from Judo's emphasis on leverage and
finesse, and will learn a different set of combative techniques to complement
their wrestling skills.
Judo use a belt system?
Yes, it does. As a matter of fact, Judo pioneers invented the colored
belt system that is now used by many of the other arts as well, albeit
with different color schemes.
long does it take to become a black belt?
The average time at Universal Judo is four to six years if you train
three times a week, and compete from time to time. Of course, it'll
also depend on your prior sports experience and your learning ability.
Universal Judo maintains high standards for rank advancement.
often will I get promoted and how much does it cost?
Promotions are strictly based on merit, and we have no promotion fees.
There are no automatic, quarterly promotion events like you'll find
in many martial arts studios. You can expect to be promoted two to three
times during your first year of training, after which promotions will
come at a slower rate of one or two per year.
my 10 year old become a black belt?
Not a chance! In Judo, there are no promotions to black belt for young
children. Unlike many of the karate styles, especially the Korean art
of taekwondo, Judo requires physical maturity before becoming a black
belt. In other words, your child must be capable of competing with adults
before being promoted to black belt. Only our truly outstanding teenagers,
who are many times national champions, stand a chance of earning a black
belt, often not before sixteen.
I compete in tournaments?
Children are required to compete but adults are not. For children, competition
is a huge part of a child's character development, which is why we require
children to compete. It's also a requiremen t for rank promotion. In
general, students who compete advance more quickly than students who
I compete with others with similar experience /weight?
Judo competition is based on weight divisions and skill levels- usually
novice, advanced, and master for athletes over 30.
boys and girls compete with each other?
Yes and no. Girls and boys will train together and compete against each
other within the confines of our class but girls are usually not allowed
to compete against boys in sanctioned tournaments. However, in many
informal events girls with parent or coach approval may compete against