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You might naturally associate martial arts with hollywood stunts and kicks and punches, but the self-defense aspect of martial arts is just part of it. Children that learn martial arts develop the confidence to know that if they are ever bullied, they have the skills they need to defend themselves. However, the real skill we teach is diffusing situations with words before they ever escalate to a physical level.

Judo America offers a family oriented environment. We encourage parents to get involved with their kids. Most of our coaches have children in our program. Some started Judo only after enrolling their child. Pool parties, BBQs, and our Halloween party are some of the family events we host

Judo America San Diego Is Your Partner in Parenting

We teach the same values you teach at home, in a positive, safe and fun environment.

The foundation of our kids martial arts curriculum is the education and development of life skills.  Our core values are courage, integrity, and perseverance.  When coupled with the development of a strong work ethic, initiative, and command presence, our kids are prepared to be better citizens, and leaders.

World Renowned Coaching

Our Director of Coaching is USJA Master Coach Gerald Lafon, 7th degree black belt. He’s an internationally recognized coach and blogger who believes in innovative, unorthodox and modern coaching methods that will benefit both recreational and competitive participants.

We teach and practice all Judo techniques, and ignore the limits and restrictions imposed upon the sport by the International Judo Federation.

Coach Lafon, a former technical consultant to the Bahamas Judo Federation, has taught his modern approach in Japan, Mexico, and Canada, as well as throughout the U.S. and is currently the longest active coach in the county. 



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Lil Warriors

Ages: 3-5 Yrs

For kids who are not quite ready for primetime Judo. 

Lil Warriors allows children to feel engaged with our martial arts program by learning Judo in a fun way by using games and interactive teaching methods. 

Take the first step to giving this extraordinary gift to your child today!

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Kids Judo

Ages: 7-12

Kids Judo focuses on developing fundamental skills to effectively learn Judo. Judo represents the…

• Discipline of the martial arts
• Growth opportunities of an individual sport
• Character building of combative sports
• Leadership and team building of team sports
• Positive mental attitude and High goal-setting
• Perseverance, Self-control, and Confidence



When Jigoro Kano founded Judo in 1882, he set as goals of Judo training the following three categories: physical education, self-defense training, and moral development.

At Judo America, we pride ourselves on developing not only physical, mental and self-defense skills in our students, but also leadership skills that will empower them at school and at work. These are our core values and leadership traits that will be taught through Judo training.  

Our goal is to develop better citizens by equipping them with necessary skills to be leaders in our communities.

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