About The Club



So What Is Judo Actually And What Are Judokan?

Judo is derived from Jujutsu. It was created by Professor Jigoro Kano who was born in Japan on October 28, 1860 and who died May 4, 1938 after a lifetime of promoting Judo. Mastering several styles of jujutsu including Kito-Ryu and Tenjin-Shinyo Ryu in his youth he began to develop his own system based on modern sports principles. In 1882 he founded the Kodokan Judo Institute in Tokyo where he began teaching and which still is the international authority for Judo.

The name Judo was chosen because it means the “gentle or yielding way”. Kano emphasized the larger educational value of training in attack and defense so that it could be a path or way of life that all people could participate in and benefit from. He eliminated some of the traditional jujutsu techniques and changed training methods so that most of the moves could be done with full force to create a decisive victory without injury. The popularity of Judo increased dramatically after a famous contest hosted by the Tokyo police in 1886 where the Judo team defeated the most well-known jujutsu school of the time. It then became a part of the Japanese physical education system and began its spread around the world. Dr. Kano, President of the University of Education, Tokyo, dedicated his life, studied these ancient martial art of Jujutsu and integrated what he considered to be the best of their techniques into what is now the modern sport of Judo.

Judo is many things to different people. It is a fun sport, an art, a discipline, a recreational or social activity, a fitness program, a means of self-defense or combat, and a way of life. It is all of these and more.

In 1964 Judo became part of the Olympic Games. Today it is practiced by millions of people all over the world. People practice Judo to excel in competition, to stay in shape, to develop self-confidence, and for many other reasons. But most of all, people do Judo just for the fun of it.

About The Club

Ritoru Tatsu Freestyle Judo  Club Kempton Park  (RTFJCKP)  and/or Ritoru Tatsu Kempton Park Judo club is the one of the best Judo club’s in the Kempton Park area, the philosophy behind our judo club and teaching Kodokan Judo (Judo as it ought to be)  to the younger generation and as well as the older generation. To produce young judo athletes and future masters that can continue and secure the art of Judo, not only as an Olympic sport but as an great educational tool as well, through Judo training in the traditional way. Mutual welfare, respect to one’s self and to others are entrenched in the values of  RTFJCKP / RTKP Judo club.

At RTFJCKP  our focus is on Traditional Judo  as opposed to Olympic judo. All of our principles, policies and values are focused towards the preservation of Traditional Japanese judo. This means we have a slightly different competition ruleset which allows us to do techniques that have been banned by other governing bodies.

While practicing judo and enjoying the amazing capabilities that a student can acquire at our Dojo, through fitness and Self-Defense, young students will also learn about the history of Kodokan Judo, basics of ukemi (how to take a fall), basic throwing techniques (Tachi-Waza), hold down techniques (Ne-Waza), strangulation techniques (Shime-Waza) and Arm locks (Kansetsu-Waza).

Our aim is to re-ignite judo as a martial art and keep it alive through the allowance of traditional techniques, leg grabs and by placing an emphasis on ne-waza.

Furthermore, we are affiliated with the Freestyle Judo South Africa Organization Alliance, which is affiliated to the following national and international organizations; Martial Arts South Africa (MASA) , International Freestyle Judo Alliance (IFJA) and World Judo Federation (WJF), as opposed to the International Judo Federation (IJF). This means that all of our events and gradings are authorized by the FJSAOA, IFJA and WJF and most of our international integration is conducted through said international governing bodies. As a result, we regularly will take part in national and international competitions organized by the FJSAOA, IFJA WJF and MASA.

As well as providing a competitive platform for those that wish to undertake it, we also have a strong focus towards grassroots and club level judo. We view judo as an educational tool that helps to develop students and focus them towards being positive members of their local communities. We understand that all do judo for different reasons and therefore provide opportunities for all to excel in their own ways.

We, at Ritoru Tatsu Freestyle Judo  Club Kempton Park  / Ritoru Tatsu Kempton Park Judo club, are looking forward to having you at our small yet very friendly community and club.

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Class Schedule:

18:00 – 20:00 (Beginners and Juniors age 4-7)
18:00 – 20:00 (Experienced Juniors; Seniors & Masters)

18:00 – 20:00 (Beginners and Juniors age 4-7)
18:00 – 20:00 (Experienced Juniors; Seniors & Masters)

Our Mission                          ~Who We Are ~  
Our mission is to provide the martial arts and sciences an organization rooted in tradition, innovative to find improvement and committed to preserving legacies through sharing of knowledge, and training of various combat sciences throughout world. In partnership with all like-minded organizations, The Freestyle Judo Ritoru Tatsu Fight Club South Africa (FJRTFCSA) provides exceptional training, empowers to view beyond perceived limitations, and embodies the mind, spirit and body of Freestyle Judo (Kodokan Judo), Judo and Bushido.

Our Values ~ What We Believe In ~
We are committed to being a member-focused organization whose environment is characterized by Rectitude, Courage, Benevolence, Respect, Veracity, Honor, and Loyalty. We are open to all individuals who subscribe to our Values.

Our Vision ~Where We Are Going ~
By living our mission and values, The Freestyle Judo Ritoru Tatsu Fight Club South Africa (FJRTFCSA) will be the recognized leader in the Martial Arts and Sciences, setting the standard by which all will be compared: service, to which all will be measured; and member satisfaction, to which all will aspire. We will be the first choice for a broad range of individual and organizational growth needs.

What We Offer ~ Our Goal and Purpose~
Freestyle Judo (Kodokan Judo) the way it ought to be training program that scales up from the novice white belt level to the advanced black belt Dan levels. We focus on assisting children, teens amd adults in achieving an overall sense of wellbeing through getting them to be fitter, disciplined and gain large amounts of confidence by helping them to push through their perceived limits and to reward them for the effort that they have put into the martial art.

Purpose The main reason to train a Freestyle Judo is to develop ones self and doing so will improve :
We protect our lives and possessions from injustice and danger.
We promote our physical and spiritual health and enjoy strong bodies and sound minds through rigorous Judo training.
We strive to be of better character through endurance and hard work. Eight Codes of Bushido and Freestyle Judo The Eight Codes of Bushido apply to all members and are meant to guide the Freestyle Judo practitioner. All members meaning of the codes.

Righteousness (義, gi)
(Believe in justice, not from other people, but from yourself. )
Heroic Courage (勇, yū)
( It is living life completely, fully and wonderfully. Heroic courage is not blind. It is intelligent and strong.)
Benevolence, Compassion (仁, jin)
(Through intense training and hard work the true Judoka becomes quick and strong. They help their fellow Judoka, Friend and stranger at every opportunity)
Respect (礼, rei)
(True Judoka have no reason to be cruel and do not need to prove their strength. Judoka’s are not only respected for their strength on the mat, but also by their dealings with others)
Honesty (誠, makoto)
(When a Judoka say that they will perform an action, it is as good as done. Nothing will stop them from completing what they say they will do. They do not have to ‘give their word’. Speaking and doing are the same action)
Honour (名誉, meiyo)
(Decisions they make and how these decisions are carried out are a reflection of who they truly are. A Judoka have only one judge of honor and character, and this is themselves)
Duty and Loyalty (忠義, chūgi)
(Judoka’s are responsible for everything that they have done and everything that they have said and all of the consequences that follow. They are immensely loyal to all of those in their care (new Beginners, lower grades and visitors). To everyone that they are responsible for, they remain fiercely true)
Self-Control (自制, jisei)
(It is the ability of a Judoka to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behavior in the face of temptations and impulses Seven Tenets of Freestyle Judo

I. Integrity

II. Concentration

III. Perseverance

IV. Respect & Obedience

V. Self-Control

VI. Humility

VII. Indomitable Spirit