The Judokan offers kids judo classes for ages 8-12 at our dojo in Observatory, Cape Town.

Kids judo class times are as follows:

Mondays: 5:30-6:30pm
Wednesdays: 5:30-6:30pm

Monthly fees for kids judo classes are R120/month, with the first lesson free of charge. Teenagers can join our adults classes which run from 6:30-8pm on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Contact Sensei Alex Gasson on 071 3074100 or to find out more.


Children will learn confidence, self discipline and cooperation. They’ll also have fun

Judo is well known as the best kids martial art. It’s both a martial art and an educational system. It teaches confidence, self discipline and cooperation. Although it’s a combat sport, one of the central principles of judo is “Mutual Benefit”. Learning judo is all about cooperation with your training partner. Self discipline is central to the practise of judo and application of judo techniques.

Kids will learn a respected form of self defence

Judo techniques originate from traditional Jiu-Jitsu, practised by the Japanese Samurai. Techniques include throws, joint locks, strangles and hold downs. As a sport it’s a system that is designed to prevent injury. However, all of the techniques of judo can be effectively applied in self defence situations.

It’s great physical exercise!

Judo an intense form of exercise. In kids classes at the Judokan, children develop strength, agility, and coordination.

It’s global Olympic sport practised by over 100 million people

Judo is a global sport. Over 100 million people in more 200 countries practise judo. It is one of the few martial arts recognised as an Olympic sport.

Children learn to compete and challenge themselves

Judo competition provides the opportunity for children to challenge themselves and develop their competitive nature.

Judo’s belt system provides goals and ranking

Judo’s belt system provides kids with clear goals and allows them to track their progress as they move up the ranks. All judoka start as white belts work their way to ultimately becoming black belts.