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Shudokan Budo Academy

Jigoro Kano

Dr. Jigarō Kanō

(Founder Kodokan Judo b. 28 October 1860 – d.4 May 1938)

'Success is a matter of falling down, and getting up with exactly the same enthusiasm'

Love Judo ... you will fall for it!

The Shudokan was established in 1947-48 and is probably the oldest post war Judo Club in continuous existence. In 1951 at the request of the secretary of the Australian Olympic Committee (A.O.C.) formed the Victorian Amateur Judo Union with several then existing clubs to facilitate the reformation of the Judo Federation of Australia from a group of individual clubs into a Federation of State Judo Associations and receive formal recognition from the A.O.C. and the then embryonic International Judo Federation (I.J.F).

Shudokan Dojo

The Judo of Shudokan is and has always been that of the Kodokan of Japan, training has always been rigorous and thorough but notaimed at producing judo champions, but rather at shaping better people for society, with stronger minds, bodies and ethics from their practice. Participation in the Olympic Games is probably the dream of a lot of people.

Although for the majority of judo people it is not a practical option, the road to participation is long, costly and severe, and once there, the prospects of success remote.

The founder of Judo, professor Jigoro Kano regarded competition only as a training tool and stated that too much emphasis on competition produces the wrong sort of Judo person.

The head Sensei at Shudokan, Mr. Ivan Zavetchanos has had a long and distinguished career at all levels of Judo including 20 years as a Vice-President of the International Judo Federation (I.J.F.) and has trained students from beginner to 6th Dan level over the years, many of whom have gone on to opening and running their own clubs.

Shudokan has many sister clubs throughout the world and our members take part in training and competition in many countries as well as in Australia, plus we host many noted visiting sensei such as Keiko Fukuda, 9th Dan, the late Kazuo Kudo, 9thDan, Shigeo Kataoka, 8th Dan, and others from time to time.

Summer Judo School at Shudokan is usually conducted in the first two weeks of January each year and attracts players from interstate as well as from many dojo in Victoria. Training is intense in both randori, Kata and technical instruction.

We encourage you to also browse our state Judo website (www.vaju.org.au) for explanations about Kodokan Judo, its techniques, philosophy, history, etiquette, cultural roots, its status as both an Olympic sport and traditional martial art, its unique and fortunate position in the martial arts world in being free from the chaos of apparently competing "styles", its beginnings from the creative genius of just one universally recognized founder, Dr Jigoro Kano and perhaps most importantly, the enormously enriching journey it can offer to you.

Training Times

Judo/ Jiu Jitsu

    Monday: 4 - 6pm (Junior) & 6 - 8pm

    Wednesday: 4 - 6pm (Junior) & 6 - 8pm

    Saturday: 12.30 - 2pm (Kata Training), & 2 - 4pm (Senior Training)

    email: info@vaju.org.au


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Benefits of Judo

Judo Pic 2Budo can improve mental attitude and social skills.

Judo Pic 1 Judo techniques teach the student good physical skills, including balance, self-awareness and cordination.

Judo Self Defence Self Defence Judo can build practitioners confidence, enabling students to properly ascertain their circumstance, and a possible course of action.