Ronin Judo, Toronto
There is usually at least 15 minutes of newaza (ground grappling) and 15 minutes of randori at the end of each adult or children's class.
Tatami mats are laid wall to wall and 1 metre up the walls too. They are cleaned and disinfected regularly.
There are loaner judo gis for newcomers and kids. They even get washed from time to time.
There is no other equipment to speak of.
It's relatively small, but it is a dedicated space. So we don't neet to take up the mats except for the occasional dojo clean-up. But be forewarned - it is not the Taj Mahal. It's just a dojo, and a spartan one at that.
Elmer, the head instructor or one of the black belts teaches every class. There are usually at least 2 BBs on the mat for adult classes. Class size is usually around 10 - 12 students
To quote the dojo review instructions, it's a "bizarro hippy ass beating love fest". Visiting other judo dojos is encouraged. As is cross training in other sports/arts. Elmer knows all of the other judo instructors and will gladly recommend a dojo that better suits your goals.
I don't know whether to rate this a 6 of an 9. Most of the members are recreational players, which would indicate a 6. There's not a specific competition team. Members compete where and when they feel like it. But certain members have had serious competition success - one of the BBs recently won silver in the unlimited weight class for her age group at the PanAm Masters. So I rounded down to 8.
Most higher coloured belts cross train in BJJ. New visitors with BJJ experience typically do pretty well against those that don't cross train.
Sumo on Thursday nights
Women's class on Mondays
Based on the recent visit by Sensei Jay Brooks of Boston, I'd have to admit that our conditioning might bee a tad lacking.
I don't know much about Judo, but is 40 mins of total alive time enough? I have been at three judo clubs and we spent at least 1 hour on randori and nazewa. One of the only spent about 20 minutes on it.
Good question. If a class is 90 minutes or so (they usually run longer), how does it get divide up? Probably something like:
Originally Posted by dwkfym
10 minutes warm up
10 minutes break falls or similar drills
30 minutes technique instruction, ukemi, or similar
That leaves 40 minutes for newaza and randoori
what do you leave out to have more alive training?
Just a thread bump of the review...
there haven't been womens' classes for some time.
Monday nights are Sumo, then Judo
Tuesday is newaza class
Wednesday is kids class then adult class
Thursday is sumo
Friday is kids class then adult class
On weekends, there are kata classes and competition classes, but I don't know the details
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