Joining Red River Judo
Red River Judo accepts students in our adult class from 16 years and older.
Red River Judo’s children’s class is available from ages 5 to 15.
Red River Judo does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other basis of discrimination prohibited by law.
Purchase of a proper uniform will be expected of all students. The uniforms are available at reasonable prices through the club. Although purchase through the club is by no means required, the advice and measurement for size by knowledgeable club members is highly recommended. The uniform is called a Judogi. Judogi are made from a heavy cotton fabric, especially reinforced for grappling. A karate or TKD uniform is not strong enough for judo.
We encourage students to wear light workout clothing under their Judogi, such as compression shorts and shirt, or yoga pants and a tank top.
Please leave valuables in your car or at home. No jewelry or accessories (such as watches and smart watches) on the mat.
Red River Judo Rules and Etiquette
This is a traditional Judo club. All proper and traditional formalities associated with the practice of Judo will be observed by this club. Acceptance of these rules and formalities is the minimal requirement upon which permission to practice is granted to the student. The learning of respect for oneself, one’s fellow students, one’s instructors, the material accouterments of practice, and the human society that has generated all these, is an integral and important part of Judo training. Of course, since we are learning and the techniques we are using are inherently dangerous, the strict adherence to the rules and formalities of the Dojo (Japanese for gymnasium/school) is especially important to safe practice.
No student should ever practice while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. Great care should be taken when using medications that can affect judgment or coordination (i.e. antihistamines, cold medications, or mood-altering drugs). The best rule is when under the influence of chemicals, don’t practice. Excessive use of or dependency on alcohol or drugs in private life is also discouraged as it reflects badly on Judo, the club, and the individual. Such intemperance could become grounds for dismissal from the club.
It is considered wrong to use the knowledge you gain except in cases of real emergency, and then you should only do so sparingly. In earlier days, vows or blood oaths were taken by students that they would never misuse their skill, and although this is not generally done today, the same principles should guide the student.
Proceed carefully. The movements that you are learning are dangerous if performed roughly. Remember they were originally self-defense tricks practiced by the Samurai Warriors.
The best way to learn Judo is to never miss practice. We understand that sometimes life gets in the way, but continued, uninterrupted practice is the best way to get into shape and to learn Judo.
Finally, no student of Red River Judo is to demonstrate or teach Judo to anyone outside the club or to start their own club without the express permission of the chief instructor.
Failure to observe the standards of etiquette, safety, and deportment propagated by the club may result in dismissal from practice by the instructor. In the unlikely event such disciplinary measures become necessary, the practice cannot be resumed without the permission of the instructor. Should expulsion from the club result, all fees paid will be forfeited.
The sign-up form for Red River Judo can be found here.