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    judo club in arkansas - legit?

    I know nothing about judo but am thinking of starting at this club, Ark Judo. http://members.cox.net/dobbsmichael/ They do "kodokan judo." They seem legit as far as I can tell.

    The only strange thing is that they require a paid membership to the United States Judo Association to attend the club. In this part of the US with a dearth of people he has managed to register enough members with the USJA to be in the "top ten USJA clubs" - a ranking which comes only by total number of members registered. The club opened in 2007, according to the website.

    Thanks.

    #2
    If it is a member of USJA, then it is a legit judo club (from what I understand).
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      #3
      it's fairly standard procedure. It certifies your rank and get's you and the club insured. You will need it to compete as well. At forty bucks a year, compared to Tae kwon do it;s a bargain.

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        #4
        Should be an decent club.

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          #5
          The instructor is a

          Black Belt (Nidan) from the USJA and the Kodokan. He has placed at a number of tournaments, and took 2nd place in the Masters Division of the Pennsylvania State Games. Sensei Michael is a Certified Coach and Instructor, a Certified Nage-no-Kata Instructor and Judge, and also a Certified Referee and Technical Official (all USJA certifications).
          http://members.cox.net/dobbsmichael/html/instructors.html

          The instructor has fine qualifications for an instructor in the US. The club does seem fairly new and with a low average rank (sankyu and yonkyu are assistant instructors).

          Wow: $20/mo or $200/year, plus usja membership. That's dirt cheap. Good deal.
          Last edited by Res Judicata; 8/24/2010 9:56am, .

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            #6
            Originally posted by wonkydog View Post
            I know nothing about judo but am thinking of starting at this club, Ark Judo. http://members.cox.net/dobbsmichael/ They do "kodokan judo." They seem legit as far as I can tell.

            The only strange thing is that they require a paid membership to the United States Judo Association to attend the club. In this part of the US with a dearth of people he has managed to register enough members with the USJA to be in the "top ten USJA clubs" - a ranking which comes only by total number of members registered. The club opened in 2007, according to the website.

            Thanks.
            This is a good thing, it provides you, and the club, with insurance, keeps your premiums low, and all but guarantees that you will have a recognized rank no matter where you go. Pay the membership and enjoy the Judo.

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              #7
              looks legit to me

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