Camal Judo at Woodland Park Martial Arts
A premier martial arts dojo
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Welcom e to Camal Judo. I started the Dojo in 1996 because I felt I had so much to pass on, and I gained so much from my Judo training that it was necessary to give back. Since opening, we have experienced some really great success. We have produced dozens of Junior National Medal winners and even some senior top-level competitors including a Men’s National Champion. The Camal Judo logo is recognized all over the U.S. and even internationally! All our students benefit from our programs whether it's better grades in school (80% of our students are honor roll students) or improved self esteem, better behavior in school and at home, improved physical appearance and ability. Many of our students receive the Presidential Fitness Award and all of our students excel in other athletic activities due to their training at our school. Both children and adults benefit from our programs whether you want to be a competitor, or just learn Judo and have a great time while getting in shape and learning an effective martial art!
Please feel free to take advantage of our free trial class for your son, daughter or even yourself! I am confident, once you experience our Judo school, you will want to join us and become a Camal Judo Judoka (Judo student) to get in shape, have fun, and learn to be a better you! I hope to see you soon.
~Sensei Anthony Camal~
What is Judo?
Judo, literally 'the gentle way' is a martial art, a sport and a philosophy which originated in Japan. Judo was developed from Jujutsu, and was founded in 1882 by Professor Jigoro Kano. He envisioned Judo as a way of becoming physically and mentally fit through disciplined training.
The principles of judo are based on both maximum efficiency with minimum effort and mutual welfare and benefit. The end result is the accomplishment of a goal with the best use of energy. Success in Judo depends upon the skill of using an opponent's own weight and strength against them.
Although Professor Kano died in 1938, Judo has since spread rapidly around the world. The first World Championships were held in 1953, and by 1964, Judo was included in Olympic Games. Judo’s sport popularity has led its physical and competitive aspects to dominate, but it should first and foremost remain a way of life.
Why practice Judo?
Accessible to everyone, Judo affects all areas of a practitioner’s life. Physically, Judo improves strength, flexibility, coordination, balance and reflexes. It teaches a self-defense method that requires skill rather than just size or strength. Mentally, it promotes concentration, self-confidence, awareness and leadership.
Rooted in strong moral and ethical principles, Judo fosters a sense of respect and discipline. Participants are taught to strive for physical, intellectual and moral perfection to improve their own life and also contribute to the greater good. Judo encourages a balance of skill, physical ability, and mental strength. The longer one trains, the more benefits the person sees.