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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Adult Koryu Judo Class Schedule:
...............................8:00 - 9:30 PM
Drill & Fitness
6:30 - 8:00 PM
................................8:00 - 9:30 PM
.................................11:30 - 1:00 PM
Children's Class Schedule:
6:30 - 8:00 PM
.........9:30 - 11:00 PM
& Fitness Training
-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.
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
(We observe rules for safety, but we practice the full range of old judo techniques.)
-Submission grappling (e.g., locks, chokes, pins & restraining holds.)
(Practiced with no regard for "points", only as means to an end.)
Ethical self defense techniques.
(We discuss tactics which are appropriate for various levels of threat.)
-Evidence based methods for mental clarity
and focused activity.
In all of our classes, our goal is to provide uncompromised, professional instruction in classical judo, in a challenging and supportive environment.
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:
-Discount for two or more family members, for all group classes, except fencing:
(The children's classes on Thursdays are lightly attended. Instruction can often be semi private.)
There will be no randori or free play during this session.
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, with or without competition.
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: