MIT Judo Club

Established 1961

Ogoshi at the MIT Atheletics Gateway

Come learn the Japanese martial art of grappling. In this energetic art, you learn to use your opponent's momentum to your advantage with throws, sweeps, and pinning, as well as other techniques. Judo was the first martial art to enter Olympic competition. Judo is for both men and women. The members of our club practice judo for many reasons. These include:

In our club, you can pursue any or all of these goals. Judo can be whatever you decide to make of it.

We meet regularly on Tuesday and Thursday nights in the Wrestling Room of the DuPont Athletic Center. Prospective members may come at any time. Typical practices include warm-ups, strength-building exercises, technique demonstration and practice, sparring exercises or matches, and cool down. We try to keep beginners focused on learning how to fall and handle the jostling of judo before they get into sparring. Until you are ready to get a uniform, you should wear long sweatpants and a sweatshirt that you do not mind getting tugged.

Hours of Instruction
(All practices take place in the DuPont Wrestling Room)
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Regular Hours: Special Hours:
  • Tuesdays 7:00 - 9:00 PM
  • Thursdays 7:00 - 9:00 PM
  • First Thursday of every month: beginner session
  • Third Tuesday of every month: black belt workout
  • 8:15-9:00 PM every Thursday: free practice (tachi waza randori)
  • All levels of experience are welcome.
    If you are a beginner and do not own a uniform, just wear some old sweats and long sleeves.

    Membership Rules
    The MIT Judo Club is governed under MIT Club Sports rules, so the Judo Club can only accept members with an MIT athletic card and participants need to sign a liability waiver. Access to MIT's athletic facilities also requires an MIT athletic card. All MIT students receive an MIT athletic card for free. Others may purchase athletic cards or temporary passes. See here for more info. Per MIT's policies, we welcome any MIT affiliate to join our club. If you are not sure of your qualification as MIT affiliate, please e-mail

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    Jonathan Howe, Ashish Mishra, Alicia Hardy, Jennifer Yu, David Roxe, Sean Robinson, Anne Dunning, Rob Bennett, and Jonathan Kane at the Jun Konno seminar, May 5, 2001

    The MIT Judo Club has developed a good relationship with the Tohoku Judo Club in Somerville, and many of our judoka practice at both clubs. Tohoku offers university students advanced instruction and nightly classes at a discount.

    Last updated Feb 1, 2008