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Judo originated in Japan in 1882 and literally means "the gentle way." Instead of punching or kicking, practitioners grapple and toss their opponents to the mat. Judo is an Olympic sport and a grappling martial art: Judo matches start in a standing position and can be won by throwing your opponent with speed, force and control. Judo matches can also be won on the ground by holding a controlling pin or by causing your opponent to submit by use of choking or arm lock techniques. Judo develops strength, endurance, flexibility, balance, and self-discipline. Judo techniques which are used to win matches are also very effective in self defense.

Meeting times / locations

Judo meets from 8:00-10:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in HPER Court B (Climbing Room). The class is run by Mike Takata; a 5th degree blackbelt in Judo.

A beginner's credit class is offered to UT students during the fall and spring semesters. You must be a student enrolled in classes at UT to register for the class.


The instructors are not paid for their time, however, club dues are collected to provide for such items as mats and travel expenses. Dues are $45 per semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer) and are due at the beginning of each semester. Payment of dues entitles you to participate in all other classes at no additional charge.

To participate in the club or the class, players will also be required to purchase a gi (the standard jujitsu uniform). Cost varies depending on the size and style of the gi you choose to purchase.

Guests are welcome to attend two classes before paying dues and purchasing a gi.

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