MOJ offers both recreational and competition oriented Judo programs, and we warmly welcome beginning students as well as advanced students. Our goal at MOJ is to provide an environment where individuals can improve their physical and mental health through the practice of Judo, to develop elite Judo athletes who will be able to successfully compete at any level of competition, and to teach a viable and proven method of self-defense to the Central Florida community. MOJ has an extremely experienced and international teaching and coaching staff. MOJ also has a unique relationship and active exchange program with Japan's famous Tokai University Judo Club, and we often host visiting instructors from Japan, as well as send students to Japan for training. In addition to our to Japan, we also maintain strong ties with Judo clubs in Korea, Germany, England, Poland, France, Spain, & the Netherlands. In addition to our normal sport Judo classes we also offer special classes in Women's Self Defense & Fitness, and specialty classes in Submission Ju Jitsu. MOJ students compete, and medal, in Judo competitions at the local, regional, national, and even international Level. MOJ is very active in the Central Florida community and can often be seen giving demonstrations at various cultural events throughout the Metro Orlando area.
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Main Location in South Downtown Orlando
MOJ is fortunate to have our main dojo location at the South Downtown Orlando area ( SoDo district), where we run our programs out of Glory Martial Arts. While our focus is on Judo, we are able to offer cross training opportunities in Kickboxing, MMA, & BJJ through our partners at Glory Martial Arts. We have excellent mats, weight & fitness equipment, & ample parking. This downtown location is very convenient not only for residents of the downtown Orlando area, but also the Florida Mall area, Hunters Creek, Dr. Phillips, and many parts of East Orlando near the Orlando International Airport.
MOJ also has an affiliate club, Old School Martial Arts, in Auburndale, Florida, and we also have very close ties to the University of Florida's Gator Judo Club in Gainsville, Florida. MOJ, Old School Martial Arts, and Gator Judo work closely together to develop competitive athletes, and to promote Judo throughout Florida! If you are in Auburndale or Gainsville, please visit these great Judo clubs! Click on the logos to visit their websites.
KODOKAN JUDO is an Olympic Sport, Martial Art, and a method of physical education and mental conditioning. JUDO was derived from Japanese Ju Jutsu in 1882 by Professor Jigoro Kano. Judo means the way of suppleness or gentleness. Judo utilizes the opponent's strength, making it perfect for self defense. It is also a form of physical education, and is taught in the Japanese schools as a PE class, as well as having competitive sports teams. Judo incorporates throwing, grappling, and striking techniques. It was the first Martial Art to be recognized as a sport by the International Olympic Committee, and has been an official Olympic event since 1964. JUDO has been used as the basis of most of the world’s armed forces and police self-defense training. It was in fact a Japanese Judo & Ju Jutsu teacher, Maeda, who taught the Gracie family in Brazil the techniques they now call Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Though Self-defense and sport are important in Judo training, the primary purpose of Judo is to perfect one’s mind, body, and spirit. All ages can practice and enjoy Judo. Today Judo is also practice by physically disabled individuals, and in fact there are many countries who actively support Judo Para Olympics programs.
Modern Olympic Judo
Learn about the Sport of Judo in this Video from the International Judo Federation
Quick Judo Facts
Judo is the most widely practiced martial art on earth, and is second only to soccer as the most practiced sport
Judo is one of the safest sports for children under 13 (American College of Sports Medicine)
Judo can be practiced by anyone, and at any age.
Some of the top MMA fighters today are former Judo competitors ( Ronda Rousey).
Judo teaches children self-discipline, respect, and helps to develop good coordination and balance.
Judo is a regulated sport, with local, state, national, and international competition
USA Olympic Judo Medalists
2016 Olympic Silver Medalist
2012 & 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist
Only US athlete to win an Olympic Gold Medal in Judo
2-time Olympic Gold medalist
2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist
2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist
1988 Olympic Silver Medalist
1984 Olympic Silver Medalist
Jimmy Pedro, Jr
1996 & 2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist
-71kg & -73kg
1999 World Champion
1992 Olympic Silver Medalist
1988 Olympic Bronze Medalist
1987 World Judo Champion
2016 Olympic Silver Medalist
2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist
1984 Olympic Bronze Medalist
1976 Olympic Bronze Medalist
1964 Olympic Bronze Medalist
Middle weight category
Member of first US Olympic Team