Created for expats living in Japan

Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Japan

If karate is the most well-known of Japan's empty-handed martial arts, judo comes in second. Whereas karate stresses punches, judo, which is Japanese for "gentle manner," emphasizes throws and takedowns. Strikes are outlawed in competition, and the goal is to pin or otherwise paralyze an opponent with a range of joint locks and choke moves.

There are various dojos throughout Tokyo where you can take classes, just as there are for karate. The Kodokan Judo Institute, which has at least one English-speaking instructor, is a fantastic alternative for anyone interested in learning this unique martial art.

If you are interested in learning about the history of Tokyo, please refer to "History of Tokyo".

Judo schools and information in Tokyo

Judo techniques videos and instruction

List of Judo Techniques with Video Instructions

Judo techniques videos and instruction

Kodokan School of Judo

1-16-30, Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo.


Kodokan School of Judo

Embassy Judo Club

US Embassy Judo Club, Judo & Nihon Jujitsu

3-1-8, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.

Embassy Judo Club

Judo schools and information in Osaka



Learning Martial Arts in English in Fukuoka

Fukuoka Now (Information website)

Fukuoka Now

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Tokyo

Carpe Diem Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

The winner of the Best Health or Wellness Facility. There are several dojos in Tokyo.

Carpe Diem Brazilian Jin-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Osaka and Fukuoka


Tri-Force has 2 dojos in Tokyo and one in Osaka and Fukuoka


Judo related books