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Tired of repetitive workouts? How about using that time towards a remarkable achievement? The Judo Club offers a class focused on judo basics. Join other NYAC members who have earned their Black Belts while keeping fit.

Take advantage of the NYAC’s world renowned head instructor Yoichiro Matsumura (8th Degree Black Belt).

When: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where: 7th Floor
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About the Judo Club

The main purpose of the Judo Club is to promote and support the sport of judo. Judo is a sport that teaches the applications of balance, body mechanics, strength and fitness. It utilizes throws and grappling techniques to achieve its goals.

The program is overseen by Head instructor Yoichiro Matsumura, an 8th degree black belt. The organization of the judo club provides an environment where a high level of competition exists while at the same time support the development of new club members. Many NYAC members who have never set foot on a mat before have joined us and learned the sport through the superior efforts of the program and its participants. On the mat to assist beginners you will find many national and international champions.

The Judo Club also supports the New York Open Judo Championships, the most highly competitive judo tournament in North America. Every spring competitors from well over a dozen countries congregate in the NYAC to win this prestigious championship. At this event you will see many international and Olympic champions vying for the title of NY Open Champion.

A Long and Proud Tradition
The NYAC judo team predates 1960 here at the Club. During that time the judo team has won hundreds of national and international titles.  This includes an unbroken string of national champions and Olympians starting in the 80s.

Teimoc Johnston Ono was the Club’s first judo Olympian in 1976 and Club members have made up the major portion of the last four US Olympic squads with 21 representatives.

In fact, since 1988, NYAC members have won four of the nine US medals. Jason Morris with a silver, Jimmy Pedro with two bronze and Ronda Rousey, the only American woman to win an Olympic medal in judo won a bronze. All three have been elected to the NYAC Hall of Fame.

The NYAC boast of two of USA four World Champions, Jim Pedro and our newest, Kayla Harrison who took the title in 2010.

A new generation of athletes is developing under the coaching of Morris and Pedro and here at the City House by Teimoc and Sensei Matsumura, who has been here from the beginning.

The judo team hosts the New York Open, one of the most competitive tournaments in North America. Here you see some of the top competitors in the world from over a dozen countries fight in this event which is held every year in the NYAC Gymnasium.


Complimentary Judo classes are held in the Judo Room on the 7th Floor on:
Monday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Saturday children's class after the Saturday Morning Program

You will find athletes training on the 7th floor on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Training sessions are overseen by the Head Instructor Sensei Yoichiro Matsumura (8th degree black belt) as well as the coaches including Teimoc Johnston Ono (5th degree black belt) and former head coach of the Olympic Training Center.

Semi-annual dues: $13

Contact Information:
For additional information call Liana at (212) 767-7168 or e-mail Lianai@nyac.org.

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