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Welcome to Princeton Judo

We are located in the martial arts room of the Princeton Family YMCA in Princeton, New Jersey.  We welcome any member of the community, including children, and train for all levels of competition. Visitors are always welcome to the club. 

Judo is an Olympic sport that can be played by judoka of any age, weight, gender, or strength. Judo (柔道) is literally translated as the “gentle way”, but is best understood through its fundamental tenet of “maximum efficiency, minimum effort”. Judo was founded by Dr. Jigoro Kano in 1882, who developed it from jiu-jitsu, the traditional Japanese art of hand-to-hand combat. Unlike most martial arts, judo does not involve striking (punching or kicking). Because it is a sport, it follows a body of rules intended to keep competitors safe, making it a suitable activity for almost anyone.

The Princeton Judo Club was established in September of 1994 by Tim Vaughn and Cory Cuomo.

The Princeton Judo club provides opportunities to participate in local, state, regional and national level judo tournaments.

No one is required to compete in tournaments, pay a fee to receive promotion, or buy anything to participate in judo besides a Judo Gi.

A Judo Gi can be purchased on-line or through the club. See Cory Cuomo for more details.

A Judo Gi can be borrowed from the club while you are trying out the class to see if you are interested in Judo.

The Princeton Judo club is a mix of competitors and people who just do Judo for fun and recreation.

The Princeton Judo Club is a member of the Hudson Judo YudanshakaiUnited States Judo Federation (USJF), USA Judo and Judo of New Jersey.

All of the instructors at Princeton Judo are registered instructors with USA Judo, have had safe sport concussion training and have had criminal background checks completed by USA Judo and the Princeton Family YMCA.

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