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what is judo?

Judo is a Japanese martial art focused on leveraging the force of an opponent against them. The beauty of this art lies in its flexibility, as millions of people practice it for diverse reasons: from sports and fitness to a means of self-defense and a way of life.

Benefits of Judo for Children

Meaning “gentle way” in Japanese,  judo is a martial art that has struck the right balance in potential and protection. With a strong focus on safety, an effective judo program can help your child:

  • Boost focus and self-control

  • Manage short and long-term goals

  • Develop communication skills

  • Cultivate a strong sense of respect

  • Gain the confidence to live a fulfilling life

the dojo

From competition to compassion, our students develop skills for life.

At The Dojo, we honor the tradition of Kodokan Judo and its esteemed founder, Kano Jigoro Shihan, who began his journey as a young boy practicing Jiu-Jitsu to build his strength. Inspiration from his learnings are incorporated into our lessons to develop our students holistically.

Our highly skilled instructors, who include champions in both Shi'ai (combat) and Kata (form), as well as the head coach of Raffles Institution, work with children and adults alike to unearth the power of physical and mental energy through martial arts. 

We craft our classes to make them engaging, fun and conducive for learning! We’ve been teaching students at international schools ranging from as young as year 1 onwards right up to year 11.


At present, we coach and teach Judo as a sport at Dulwich College School, Dover Court School, Eton House 223 Mountbatten and United World Pre-School as part of their after-school activity programme. Moreover, our coaches have been engaged to teach Judo as part of a core school curriculum in Winchester infant care and pre-school. With an extremely talented pool of coaches and a strong presence in schools, The Dojo is a reputed and much sought-after Judo institution for young learners. 


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Kids this age lack the coordination to follow complex drills. However, there is still a lot they can do athletically. 


From movement exercises to simple break fall techniques and more, our gamified lessons will help your child develop balance and coordination to take on more complex challenges. 


If your kid gets bored too fast to follow a traditional judo lesson, this is the class you’ve been looking for.


The #TheDojoTods is all about helping kids open up to judo while having loads and loads of fun. 

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Things get interesting at this stage as kids are introduced to a variety of engaging games aimed at boosting their confidence and gross-motor skills.


To ensure safety, we precede those games with some fun warm-up activities first, like tumbling, jumping and running. 


Week by week you’ll see a notable improvement in your child’s strength, reaction speed, and core motor skills. The slow but steady improvement allows kids to overcome challenges that seemed impossible just a few weeks ago. 


As your kids are introduced to the philosophy and mindset of judo, they feel more relaxed, open up and interact with other kids — thus developing lifelong social skills.



(father of 2 kids)

I have two sons aged 4 and 7 learning the art of Judo at The Dojo in Katong. Both boys enjoy Judo tremendously and attend between 2-4 classes a week. They are also very active in other sports such as Rugby and Gymnastics. 

As a parent, I have found the discipline, respect, diligence, and perseverance involved in the teaching and learning of Judo to be excellent and transfers over to other aspects In life. My sons are learning to become strong in the mind and the body as they become more athletic, agile, flexible and confident through the physical aspects of Judo. 
As a rugby coach and rugby player myself I highly recommend the art of Judo to everyone! It will transform you.


(father of 3 kids)

I have three kids ages 10,9,7 and all of them had a great time over their weekends at The Dojo. Being a Judoka myself, it was nice to see that the class size was not too big (averaging 10 kids at the class we attended) allowing Tan Yi to spend 100% of the lesson time with my kids even as a more advanced class was in progress with other coaches. I think the kids could feel the attention and as a result, even my youngest son who tends to have difficulty concentrating could focus well. Hope you guys keep up the good work!


We aspire to be a part of your students' learning journey!

Judo is more than just a sport, it is also a way of life.

Through this martial art form, many Judokas have developed mental and physical strength to be independent and capable individuals.

Let us be a part of your students’ learning journey!