Welcome to Anchorage Dojo
At Anchorage Dojo, you will learn the techniques and principles of Kodokan Judo.
As you do so, your self discipline, self-confidence, and respect of self and of others
will increase. You may choose to learn Judo for fun, as an effective form of
self-defense, for the health benefits, to increase your balance and coordination,
or as a competitive sport. What ever the reason, we welcome you to our martial arts
school, and look forward to having you in our classes.
If you would like more information, please stop by the dojo during class times or call (907)334-9330.
The Martial Art of Judo
The word “judo” (pronounced jŭdō) is formed from two Japanese words, and is often
translated as “the gentle way”.
ju meaning gentle, supple, or to give way.
do meaning “way of life”. This idea of “the gentle way” takes many facets in Judo.
For example, using the principles and techniques of Judo a smaller weaker individual
can over come and control a larger stronger aggressor; bringing them into submission
by utilizing the force of the aggressor as well as balance and leverage. To overcome
the aggressor, the weaker person must give way to the attack. If they were to
meet it head on, they would overcome by the strength of the aggressor. As they give way,
they can add their strength to the aggressors attack bringing them off balance. They
can then use their body as a fulcrum to tip the already off balanced aggressor over.
Once on the ground, using other techniques, the weaker person can then control the
aggressor or bring them into physical submission using strangulation or joint locking
(Note: strangulation and joint locking techniques are only taught to students of
sufficient age, maturity and skill.)
Judo focuses on controlling your opponent using balance, leverage, and your
oppentents force; versus striking techniques such as punching and kicking which are
focused on in matial arts such as karate and kung fu.
Judo is comprised of 67 distinct throws, 8 basic pins, 12 basic chokes, 10 basic
joint locks, and many variations to each of these as well as escapes and counters for them.
The martial art of Judo originated in Tokyo Japan in 1882. It was primarily developed
based on various schools of ju jutsu, and was refined as a martial art and training
system around two main principals: Seiryoku Zenyo, maximum efficiency with
minimum effort, and Jita-Kyoe, mutual welfare and benefit. Dr. Kano, the
founder of Judo, included the second idea to balance the first. With these ideas in
mind all core techniques have been developed such that experienced judoka, or judo
practitioners, can practice the core techniques at full speed on specially designed
mats without serious risk of injury.
As a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, Anchorage Dojo welcomes any material or monetary donations. Because we are viewed by the IRS as a tax exempt charitable organization, your donations may be deductible for federal tax purposes. Consult your personal tax advisor.