Welcome to the Sawtelle Judo Dojo Website

Welcome to the Sawtelle Judo Dojo Website

If you are interested in practicing Judo, we highly recommend that you visit our dojo and check out our workouts.  We have new member Novice classes for Juniors and Seniors beginning on the first Monday of each month, unless it falls on a holiday.  This class is open to people without any prior Judo training.  Experienced Judokas may enroll or transfer into our club at any time.  For visiting Judokas from other clubs, we request a $5.00 mat donation.  For more information on class times and registration fees, please go to the "Classes" tab or contact us at 310 478-2411 or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thank you and look forward to being with you on the mat during randori. 

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Most Americans, influenced by Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris and Jackie Chan martial arts movies, assume Judo is about hitting, kicking and the total destruction of the opponents.  Judo is far from that.  Although Judo has its roots in martial arts, it has structured rules, strict safety regulations and adheres to the ethical philosophies of an educator and founder of Judo, Professor Jigoro Kano.  In 1882, Professor Kano founded the Kodokan Judo Institute in Tokyo, Japan, which still is the international authority for Judo.

It is a modern adaptation of traditional jujitsu. The founder, Dr. Jigoro Kano, stated that Judo is the elevation of an art to a principle. In studying Judo, it is essential to train the body and to cultivate the mind through the practice of methods of attack and defense. There are four basic ways to win in Judo, by throwing the opponent on their back, pinning the opponent for 25 seconds, submission by chokes, and submission by locks to the elbow joint.  Chokes and joint locks are prohibited for junior participants.  Since 1964, Judo has been an Olympic sport.  As with all Olympic sports, it takes many years of dedication and hard work to be competitive.

More than competition and hard work, Judo is a way of life.  The philosophy in judo is “Maximum, Efficient use of Energy of Mind and Body and Mutual Welfare and Benefit.”  The practitioners of Judo not only apply these principals to Judo but to everyday life.

At Sawtelle Judo Dojo, our members’ education and Judo achievements are mutual goals.  We expect our Junior students to excel in their school performance.  Students with below average grades are not allowed to practice Judo until satisfactory grades are regained.  The student's skills and achievements continue to develop and grow each year.  For our Seniors, it’s an opportunity to master their Judo techniques, stay physically fit and give back to the Judo community which has given to their own development. With their hard work, Sawtelle Judo has gained a reputation for teaching excellent Judo skills, instilling a superior fighting or winning spirit, exemplary etiquette and finally, a drive to succeed, not only in Judo, but, in everyday life.  In recent years, the United States Judo Federation has recognized some of our students for not only for their achievements on the mat, but, also, for their scholastic achievements.  Many have gone onto university and graduated with degrees from universities and professional schools.


Since 1927, Sawtelle Judo Dojo has trained our students based on these founding principles of Kodokan Judo as a form of physical fitness, self-defense and to the application of these principles in any endeavor in your life and to the benefit of others and society as a whole.  Sawtelle Judo Dojo is one of the oldest Judo schools in the United States. Its doors were closed during WWII. Later re-opened in 1950, Sawtelle Judo Dojo's instructors dedicates themselves to introducing interested students to the principles of traditional Kodokan Judo, not only as a practical sport and self-defense mechanism but as a principle that maximizes efficient use of the mind and body. Our finest instruction and practices have resulted in many Junior and Senior champions of whom we are very proud of.

The Vision of Sawtelle Judo Dojo

Instill the fundamentals of traditional Kodokan Judo and enable our students to advance to their personal goals and beyond.

Be the building block for champions in Judo and exceptional citizens in society.

Sawtelle Judo Dojo is a non-profit charitable organization under 501 (c) 4.


Sawtelle Judo Dojo is affiliated with the following Judo governing bodies;

United States Judo Federation (USJF)

Nanka Judo Yudanshakai (Southern California Judo Black Belt Association)

USA Judo

Please visit us at

Sawtelle Judo Dojo
2110 Corinth Avenue
Los Angeles, CA  90025

Telephone: 310 478-2411 (Practice Hours 6:00-9:30 pm, Mon/Wed/Fri)

"Judo is the way to the most effective use of both physical and spiritual strength. By training you in attacks and defenses it refines your body and your soul and helps you make the spiritual essence of Judo a part of your very being. In this way you are able to perfect yourself and contribute something of value to the world. This is the final goal of Judo discipline."- Jigoro Kano

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