Can anyone tell me about the Judo scene around Dallas? I'm trying to fit some Judo training into my schedule and I'm looking for something around work (downtown) or home (635 & 75).
I was looking at these 3 schools.
1. Kodokan Judo - CSSD Tamura Judo Program
The CSSD Tamura Judo Program™ is named after sensei Vince Tamura, the highest ranked Judoka in the United States (seen to the left), and the teacher to most of our Judo instructors. The program consists of two classes per week and is team taught by Sensei Jim Webb and Sensei Kamil Kuroda. The program utilizes the USJA curriculum for both juniors and adults.
On Sunday afternoons, sensei Jim Webb (a USJA 7th degree Black Belt, kneeling on the left) runs the judo skills class from 5:30-6:30pm. If you are new to Judo, this class will give you the fundamentals you need to succeed in Judo. If you have experience or prior training, then this class will help you to perfect your skills and technique under a master instructor. Testing is done on a quarterly basis with information here on requirements, costs, etc.
Sensei Kamil Kuroda teaches the Friday night class from 7-8:30pm. Sensei Kuroda has 30 years in Judo and brings a warm, capable teaching style to the class. This is a traditional Kodokan Judo program following USJA guidelines.
The picture to the right shows Jim Bregman, Olympic medalist in the 1963 games and past president of the United States Judo Association/USJA, throwing our technical advisor and instructor Jim Webb (the current president of the USJA). The picture was taken during sensei Tamura's promotion ceremony to Kudan (9th degree Black belt) in 2004 at the Chamberlain Studios headquarters dojo.
Tuition is $70/month