Kids will learn confidence, self discipline and cooperation while having fun

Judo is both a martial art and an educational system that teaches confidence, self discipline and cooperation. Although it’s a martial art, one of the central principles of judo is “Mutual Benefit” and learning judo is all about cooperation with one’s training partner. Self discipline is central to the practise of judo and application of judo techniques.

Physical exercise

Judo an intense form of exercise that develops children’s strength, agility, and coordination.

A respected form of self defence

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

A global Olympic sport

Judo is practised across the world by tens of millions of people in over 200 countries. It is one of the few martial arts recognised as an Olympic sport.

Learning to compete

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

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.


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 alexgasson@yahoo.com to find out more.