Frequently Asked Questions:

Where are you located?

     * We are located on the second floor at:

       125 W. Mission Ave, suite 203/204

        Escondido, CA 92025


Is Judo for everyone?

     * Yes, Judo is great for all age & sizes. 

Will Judo teach me self-defense?

     * Yes, we also a offer self-defense program

At what age can my child begin learning judo?

     * We accept students starting at age 4 1/2 years old.

Can I try a class?

     *YES! First class is always free. 

Do I need a Judogi?

     * YES You will eventually need a judogi. 

I don't have a judogi, can I use another uniform?

     * YES! but only for temporary use.


Can I stop by the dojo and watch a class?

     * YES! visitors are always welcomed.


Can Judo improve my BJJ, Wrestling & MMA?

     * YES! Judo is great for cross-training & will

       improving your takedowns & defense.


Is Judo a martial art or sport?

     *Judo is both a traditional martial art & olympic sport.


Can I drop in for a class?

     *YES! Please view our class schedule & drop-in fee.

Do you offer wrestling?

     *YES! We offer wrestling classes & training.


Is AOT affiliated with any organizations?

     * YES! We are registered with the U.S.J.F./

       P.S.J.A. and soon USA Judo / wrestling

Do I have to register with USJF/USA Judo?

     *NO but in order to advance and compete in

       judo, you will be required to register with one.

Do you offer a path to Blackbelt (Shodan)?

     * YES! Our goal is help you achieve a

        USJF Judo Blackbelt.

I have limitations / unique needs, Can I participate?

     * YES! We can accommodate you. 

Do you teach leg grabs?

     * YES! We teach all traditional judo techniques.

Do you encourage competition?

     *YES! We offer competitive training and coaching.

What is Judo?

Judo is a system of unarmed combat, Japanese martial art and Olympic sport. Judo is a dynamic combat sport that demands both physical prowess and great mental discipline. From a standing position, it involves techniques that allow you to lift and throw your opponents onto their backs. On the ground, it includes techniques that allow you to pin your opponents down to the ground, control them, and apply various chokeholds or joint locks until submission.

Where Did Judo Originate?

Judo originated in Japan by Jigoro Kano. Derivative of the various martial arts developed and used by the samurai and feudal warrior class over hundreds of years. Although many of the techniques of judo originated from arts that were designed to hurt, maim, or kill opponents in actual field battle, the techniques of judo were modified so that judo students can practice and apply these techniques safely and without hurting opponents.

Is Judo Good For Excerise?

Judo can be a rigorous and demanding physical activity. The practice of judo techniques helps people develop basic and fundamental physical fitness in a number of ways, such as the development of strength, flexibility, agility, speed, dynamic and static balance, explosive power, and endurance. The practice of active attack and defense helps develop reaction time, coordination, and overall physical self-confidence. Judo students become healthier, stronger, and faster through their practice of judo.

Are There Non-Physical Benefits to Judo?

Judo facilitates the development of important moral knowledge and values, those that are important to help people to become active and contributing members of their communities, nations, and the world. In this way, judo students play an important role in developing societies, and creating new and better communities for the future. Beyond the development of physical prowess and athletic ability, judo students learn much more. They learn how to control their feelings, emotions, and impulses. They learn about values of perseverance, respect, loyalty, and discipline.

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     If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us! We are happy to fill you in on our new dojo, class offerings, or private one-on-one sessions. 

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125 W Mission Ave #204

 Escondido, CA 92025


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