Judo is growing on campus!
Here it is spring 2014 and the RPI Judo Club is growing in members and skill. Our website has been out of date and is currently in the process of being updated so if you have any questions please contact the members listed below. Our current instructor is Sensei Terry Sharp (5th Degree Black Belt USA Judo; 3rd degree Black Belt Kodokan Certified. We practice Monday and Thursday from 8-10 pm upstairs in the Mueller Center. We have been growing slowly from semester to semester and would love to grow even more so if you happen to be free between 8-10pm on Monday or Thursday please come by and watch a practice or even join in. We offer 2 free classes to anyone who wants to see if judo is for them. Hope to see you on the mats!
Some Notes from our President:
About Gis (Uniforms)
You will need a gi to practice Judo. Through the club it will cost $25 for everything you need. If you have a judo gi already you can, of course, wear that one. Until you get your gi, please wear clothes without rivets or zippers (long pants preferred). Your clothes will get pulled on so don't wear anything you wouldn't want to have stretched or ripped. Jewelry is also a hazard when rolling around on the mats. We will be putting in a bulk order for gis in the first few weeks of the semester.
There is a certain etiquette that we use in judo that will see seem strange to you if you have never practiced a Japanese martial art. We will call our instructor Sensei which means teacher our place of training a dojo and each other judoka which means a practitioner of judo. Do not worry if you don't understand it all at first it will come with time. Now as far as rules go there are some simple basic rules which we follow. 1) No shoes on the tatami mats so please leave them by the door. 2) If you bring bags please leave them neatly against the wall or outside the room. 3) An important aspect to our martial art is bowing, bowing is done as a sign of respect so once in the dojo if mats are setup you will bow to enter the mat area and exit. Whenever you are sparring with another member you will both bow as a sign of respect. Everything else you will learn in time so please do not be afraid to come by and see if Judo is for you.
A typical class layout would be as follows. We will begin by placing out our mats and ensuring they are aligned correctly to prevent any injuries. Followed by a short ( about 2 mins) ceremonious thanking of Dr. Kano (the creator of judo) and our Sensei for teaching us the art of judo. This short ceremony will be lead by the top ranking student and will consist of bowing. The next eevent will be a warm up involving some brief callienstics and stretching followed by Ukemi which stands for falling practice. After our warm up is complete we will move into the class session proper which could consist of some or all of the following, learning a new technique or combo,Uchi Komi ( repition practice without throwing), Ne-waza (ground techniques), or lastly Randori (free practice aka sparring. So please arrive on time and be ready to go so we can get as much done as possible in our time. To wrap all of this up we will end with a quote from some great judo masters.
"We can say that Judo is an art because it is a method of arriving at self-realization and true self-expression. We can further say that Judo is a science because it implies mastery of various laws of nature: gravity, friction, momentum, velocity, weight transmission, and unison of forces. In its most important phase, it constitutes a kind of higher logic developed through practice and the ascencion of the true personality: a realization of the spiritual self in the philosophic rather than the religious sense of the word." -- Jiichi Watanabe and Lindy Avakian
Taylor Prince: email@example.com (President)
Sean Ellis: firstname.lastname@example.org (Vice president)
If you have questions about anything judo-related, feel free to get in touch with any of us.