South Mountain Martial Arts
91 Main Street, Madison New Jersey 07940-1849
Judo/Sumo: (973) 822-1977
| Kenpo/Fencing: (973) 906-3503
Adult Class Schedule:
00-9:30 PM Class; 9:30-10:00 PM Open Mat
Drill & Fitness
6:30 - 8:00 PM
00-9:30 PM Class; 9:30-10:00 PM Open Mat
11:30 - 1:00 PM
-Discount for two or more family members, for all group classes, except fencing:
for a small number of students. Parents should be aware that our instruction is
not appropriate for children under the age of eight.
Please send an email to
for more information.
Do not call
for information about children's sessions.
-Fees: $120.00 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.
There will be no randori or free play during this session.
The main mission of our dojo is to renew the practice of koryu (classical) judo, the powerful, practical, & sophisticated method of combative grappling which gave rise to the modern era of the martial arts.
-Throws & takedowns
-Submission grappling (e.g., locks, chokes, holds, & transitions.)
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
Instruction in koryu judo includes:
Some Common Freeplay Techniques
Arm Crushing Cross (Body) Hold
"Ude Hishigi Juji Gatame"
Inner Thigh Throw
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.
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".
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
Experience classical judo
visit South Mountain Martial Arts!
-Our training in is vigorous, but all participants must be considerate.
- Our goal is to provide consistent, uncompromised, professional instruction, in a challenging & supportive environment.
-We practice judo as a martial art, but we follow rules for the safe practice of randori ("live" freeplay) at all times.
-We believe that the weak & the unprepared need the skills of judo more than others, & not less.
Anyone who who feels that this type of judo is long dead, that it involves a slavish devotion to prearranged exercises, or that judo was & is only a sport - however worthy - must now contend with us.
More than mere jacket wrestling, & far more than a struggle for petty points & penalties among the hyperfit, judo is a balanced, consuming, lifetime activity which sharpens both the body & the mind - a system in which the elements of personal development, freeplay (randori), & training in practical, yet ethical, self defense are given equal weight.