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Judo — The Gentle Art.

Rendoryu Judo takes its name from what was once Tucson's oldest dojo, Rendokan Dojo, which was established by Carson Sensei in 1946. After the passing of the founder the dojo was closed. In February of 2014, the senior instructors (Shihan) and students chose to practice at Martial Arts of Tucson Dojo because of the quality of the facility and congruent values focused on respect for traditional ways and an emphasis on continuous learning.

What You Will Learn

Judo is a modern martial art, combat and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano. Judo is a powerful and effective marital art used for self-defense. However it is most widely known as a competitive sport. In competition, the objective is to throw or take down an opponent to immobilize or otherwise subdue the opponent on the ground with a pin or force submission with a joint lock or a choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defenses are a part of judo but this application is typically practiced in pre-arranged forms (kata) and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice (randori).


Judo practitioners are called judoka and judoka come in all shapes, sizes and ages. It is not uncommon for whole families to practice judo for the simple reason that it's fun and good for the mind, the body and the spirit!