Victoria Judo Club

By: Devin Doyle, Jai Rakic and Jeremy Ambers. December 2012

The Victoria Judo Club is one of Canada's oldest and longest standing Judo clubs, having been established in the early 1950s. The classes are broken into two modalities on Mondays and Wednesdays to allow for kata training and the athletic uchikomi and randori classes separately. Being an established non-profit organisation, there are often numerous highly skilled and motivated black belts in attendance at these classes.

Judo was established in 1882 by Jigoro Kano. Kano studied JuJutsu descended from samurai over hundreds of years and from the countless techniques that existed, determined the techniques which Kano believed to be the most useful. He organized the techniques and began teaching "Kano's JuJutsu" which later became known as Judo, or the gentle way. Concepts that separated Kano's Judo from JuJutsu were "Maximum Efficiency, Minimum Effort" and "Mutual Welfare and Benefit." These are concepts that still to this day guide the Victoria Judo Club in their mission to enrich lives through the teaching of Judo.

Inouye Sensei, Photo courtesy of Victoria Judo Club archives.

Inouye Sensei, Photo courtesy of Victoria Judo Club archives.

We are very proud to be associated with the Victoria Judo Club and encourage anyone who is interested in studying Judo to contact either us at VIBJJ or the Victoria Judo Club HERE.

Shinojima Sensei at the old Johnson Street dojo. Left to right - Trevor Roseborough, Wayne Unger, Bob Sherman, Shinojima Sensei, Mickey Fitzgerald, Denis Combet, Bill Kovitz, Inouye Sensei. Photo courtesy of Victoria Judo Archives

Shinojima Sensei at the old Johnson Street dojo. Left to right - Trevor Roseborough, Wayne Unger, Bob Sherman, Shinojima Sensei, Mickey Fitzgerald, Denis Combet, Bill Kovitz, Inouye Sensei. Photo courtesy of Victoria Judo Archives