The Arlington Judo Club (AJC) was founded in 1996 by Sensei Michael Landstreet who is the current Head Instructor. Over the years the AJC has grown and at this time has a membership of over 90 students. As a nationally recognized club the AJC is officially registered and affiliated with the United States Judo Federation, Shufu Judo Yudanshakai, United States Judo, Inc. (USA Judo), and Virginia Judo Inc. Traditional Kodokan Judo is taught to include its customs and ways. Mutual respect and manners are part of the dojo practice. The AJC has a quality staff that is composed of highly respected black belts who are actively involved both nationally and internationally in Judo. As an involved club, the AJC hosts State and Regional tournaments from time to time.
We welcome all judoka to our club who wish to improve in both mind and body. Visitors are welcome but all participants must be current members of either USA Judo, USJF, or USJA and sign the standard waiver to participate. The Head Instructor can assist you with your national membership if needed. Our club membership is composed of both male and female, ages 5 to adult. Since 1996 the AJC has produced a number of medalists at many tournaments in both kata and shiai. At our club we strive to learn new techniques and to improve, coupled with the philosophy of having a fun but safe practice in the dojo.
Besides practicing Judo in the dojo, attending tournaments, clinics and meetings, the AJC holds an Arlington Judo Club Picnic in the late summer and a Holiday Party & Awards Dinner in middle December. The purpose of these events is to explore the social aspects of Judo and enjoy the company of fellow members, family and friends. See you at the dojo!
What is Judo?
Kodokan Judo is an Olympic sport, a martial art, a method of self defense, a physical education and a way of life. Judo is a Japanese term meaning “the gentle way.” It stresses the principles of maximum efficiency with minimum effort and mutual welfare and benefit. Judo encompasses a wide range of techniques including throws, pins, joint manipulations, chokes, traditional forms and break falls. Judo was derived from the more ancient martial art of Jujutsu. Professor Jigoro Kano, the founder of Kodokan Judo, developed a martial art that was more than just a conglomeration of techniques. It is a way of life.