South Mountain Martial Arts
91 Main Street, Madison New Jersey 07940-1849
Koryu Judo & Sumo: (973) 822-1977
| Kenpo & Fencing: (973) 906-3503
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& Fitness Training
In order to define our class offerings more clearly, & to make a direct, open statement of our intentions & our beliefs about what we practice, we have changed the name of our system of combative grappling to "koryu judo".
-Throws & takedowns
-Submission grappling (e.g., locks, chokes, & transitions to restraining holds.)
Ethical self defense techniques, including specialized atemi (strikes).
-Many opportunities for drill, form practice, light interactions, & full free play.
-Interactive computer apps which provide evidence based
exercises for increased mental clarity and focused activity
Koryu judo is our form of classical judo. It is a balanced system of recreation in which the elements of personal development, serious freeplay (randori), and training in classic methods of self defense are given equal weight.
Instruction in koryu judo includes:
Adult Class Schedule:
7:30-8:30 PM Class; 8:30-9:30 PM Open Mat
Drill & Fitness
6:30 - 8:00 PM
7:30-8:30 PM Class; 8:30-9:30 PM Open Mat
11:30 - 1:00 PM
Children's Class Schedule:
......6:30 - 7:30 PM
6:30 - 7:30 PM
.........9:30 - 11:30 PM
-Fees: $100.00 per month for access to
group classes, except fencing:
New students will also need an activity appropriate keikogi (practice uniform). Insurance fees may be required.
-Discount for two or more family members, for all group classes, except fencing:
(Weekday children's classes are lightly attended. Instruction can often be semi private.)
There will be no randori or free play during this session.
Throwing practice is an important part of our training for standing freeplay. Please click on a photo below for a video of this practice.
A useful transition from a right seoi otoshi attack to a variant on the left
Another clever follow up attack from an attempted seoi otoshi
A variation of the seoi otoshi, for very defensive opponents
Form practice of the seoi otoshi, a classic judo throwing technique:
SMMA is located on the top floor of 91 Main Street, in Madison, above the elegant British Home Emporium.
The trip up the stairs is well worth the effort! Some visitors feel that SMMA is a pleasant surprise - "hidden in plain sight".
As opposed to the ways that throws must be performed in our free play sessions, a two on one arm throw, from an outside grip, which lands an opponent face down, can be very effective in self defense.
A variant of a powerful free play arm lock technique, which can be used for self defense. At SMMA, freeplay with knowledgeable, resisting opponent's creates real ability, without false confidence.
The reverse scarf hold is a particularly powerful, crushing ground hold, which can lead to submission techniques.
The naked choke is used to apply pressure to the sides of the neck, & not the fragile trachea. At SMMA, chokes are allowed in freeplay among older students. Neck locks may be discussed, but their actual use is forbidden.
Although their goals in training and their requirements for promotion differ, all of our students must participate in randori (freeplay) on a regular basis. The intensity of this activity is often suggested by the instructor of the class, but must be subject to a mutual agreement between each pair of participants. South Mountain Martial Arts can provide very challenging competition or an extremely light form of randori, depending upon the needs of each student.
A ranking system based upon true merit.
In our system, promotions take time; they are only awarded when a student is judged to be truly prepared for advancement. All students of our koryu judo must demonstrate a rank-appropriate level of knowledge of fighting techniques and strategies, and they must also gain proficiency in randori. Participation in contests is not required for advancement in rank, but success in contest would certainly be considered as a factor in determining a student's readiness for promotion.
A practical martial art for active, thoughtful people - contest optional.
Freeplay Techniques Which can be Adapted for Self Defense
-In all of our classes, our goal is to provide uncompromised, professional instruction in classical judo, in a challenging and supportive environment.
Parents should be aware that our instruction is not appropriate for children under the age of eight.
-At all times, we follow rules for the safe practice of judo randori ("live" freeplay). However, we practice judo as a martial art,
without regard to petty technicalities which might either score points or draw penalties in a contest venue.
-The training in our dojo is vigorous, but all who participate are considerate. We firmly believe that the weak and the unprepared need the skills of judo more than others, and not less. We all share relevant knowledge, and we all encourage progress in the art.
Some Common Judo Freeplay Techniques
Inner Thigh Throw
Basic Scarf Hold
"Hon Kesa Gatame"
Arm Crushing Cross (Body) Hold
"Ude Hishigi Juji Gatame"