Judo is characterized
by its dynamic throws, immobilization techniques, joint locks, strangulation
techniques and to a lesser degree punches and kicks. This all sounds
pretty dangerous and it is except that there are procedures and
rules to follow reducing the risk of practice to a low level consistent
with "having to go to work or school tomorrow." The injury
rate and severity is equivalent to playing volleyball or basketball.
judo taught at Red River Judo is classical judo. The emphasis is
on good physical education, self defense, discipline,
etc. There are people in our program who compete in sport judo and
while we support them, our program is not geared toward competition.
To be promoted it is not necessary to compete.
people who do wish to compete have done so successfully. Ms. Jana
Seaborn, 3rd degree black belt, competes in kata (forms) and shiai
(sparring) at the national level. Ms. Seaborn earned a gold medal
in kata and a silver in master's shiai at the 2002 U.S. Judo Nationals.
Mr. Dane Ankeny, 1st degree black belt, competed at the 2003 U.S.
Judo Nationals and while he did not place, fought in four matches
in a single elimination tournament with the best that the United
States has to offer.
instructional program at Red River Judo is geared toward adults.
Mature young adults are welcome (13 to 15 years of age.) At present
we do not have a program for kids.