Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I start today?

A: If you have grappling experience and would like to jump in, we sure welcome you. If you do not have grappling experience we recommend you observe the first class to see what it’s like.

 Q: Does Red River Judo offer a student discount?

A: We do! RRJ has long been a part of Fargo Moorhead’s college community and we welcome students by providing them with a 50% discount for unlimited classes.

 Q: I don’t look good in white, can I buy a Gi elsewhere?

A. Absolutely! Traditionally Judogi’s are White or Blue, but if you would like to buy a Jiu Jitsu Gi in another color, you are very welcome to. We recommend a Single Weave Fuji. Just be sure it is either a Judo or Jiu Jitsu Gi as other martial arts Gi’s are thinner and don’t hold up to heavy grappling.

 Q: What should I wear under my Gi or to No-Gi night.

A. We recommend wearing a pair of athletic or compression shorts and a compression shirt (also called a rash guard) under your gi. For Friday No Gi, we recommend wearing a rash guard and a pair of athletic shorts or fight shorts.

Q: Can I still learn Judo if I have never done martial arts or grappling before?

Absolutely! Red River Judo welcomes people of all skill level and age levels. It is never to late to learn a new skill.

Q: Should I be concerned about injury?

Judo, like most martial arts, is a contact sport. There is always the possibility for injury. When starting judo, the first thing a student learns is how to fall, because a person cannot effectively throw if they don’t know how to effectively fall. We strongly recommend stretching before and after class.

Q: What if I am not in great shape?

That is okay! Grappling martial arts like Judo, Jiu-jitsu, Sambo and Catch
Wrestling are amazing methods of building functional strength and increasing cardio. Judo is a martial art of technique. Kyuzo Mifune, was one of Jigoro Kano’s most legendary students, was only  5′ 2″ tall and 100 lbs.

Q. Is Judo related to Jiu-jitsu?

A. It is! If grappling arts are a family, Judo is the older brother to sports like Jiu-jitsu and Sambo. Judo was founded by Jigaro Kano in 1882. It was developed from Japanese Jujutsu and other related martial arts.  Mitsuyo Maeda, one of Kano’s top students, went to Brazil 1914 and taught, what the Brazilians called, Kano Jiu-jitsu. As the Brazilian’s evolved their version of the sport, it was re-monikered “Brazilian Jiu-jitsu”.