Compiled by Sandan (3rd Degree Blackbelt) Alwyn Grobbelaar 2018.04.16



The study of Judo is the study of your body, your mind and your heart. Ultimately, it is the study of your character.

Judo has two major ideals: Maximum Efficiency and Mutual Welfare and Benefit. Both of these are foundations of the goal of Judo, which is the “harmonious development and eventual perfection of human character”.

Judo has several aspects: recreation, physical fitness, competition, self-defense, art, social activity, service, etc. At some points during their training, the Judoka will concentrate on one or two of these. At other times, the Judoka will be working on several of these aspects. The important thing to remember is that Judo is big enough for all of these things.

Freestyle Judo Ritoru Tatsu Fight Club Martial Arts

Freestyle Judo Ritoru Tatsu Fight Club Martial Arts is a diverse and inclusive club, incorporating the many varied aspects of Judo. The goal of our instructors is to help you get what you want and what you need out of Judo, and to put back into Judo what you can.

As a consequence, we have a Judo club that welcomes those studying Judo for any of its multitude of benefits. Most are interested in several, if not all, of the aspects of Judo.

Likewise, Judo training is encouraged for men and women, boys and girls, regardless of age, background or physical condition. It is imperative, however, that the students inform the instructors of any physical condition which may require a modification of their training, specifically including but not limited to chronic injuries or illnesses which may affect their safety or the safety of others.


1. Students must never use their Judo skill outside of Judo activities, except in self-defense.

2. Students must show respect for themselves, their Sensei, their classmates, and most importantly, their family.

3. Students are responsible for their own safety, and the safety of all of their classmates, throughout the class.

4. Students should bow (rei) to all partners when beginning and finishing training sessions with them.

5. Uniforms should be clean, in good repair, and properly worn at all times. This includes keeping nails trimmed and bodies clean, especially your feet.

6. Courtesy and attentiveness are requirements for showing respect, and should be practiced in the Dojo at all times.

7. Students must rei (bow) onto and off of the practice mat when starting or ending a training session, and should not leave the mat without the permission of the instructor. Emergency situations are obviously an exception.

8. Students should be dressed and ready to participate when class time begins. If a student is running late, they may not come on the mat without the instructor bowing them on.

9. There will be no eating, drinking, or gum chewing on the practice area.

10. No jewelry or sharp objects may be worn on the mat. If you have a piercing which cannot be removed, it must be taped and covered in such a way that it presents no danger.

11. Questions are allowed, encouraged, and expected. Arguing with instructors or upper belts will not be tolerated.

12. It is discourteous, and unsafe, to turn your back to a partner. Students should face their partner at all times, including when adjusting their uniform. The exception to this is if modesty dictates turning away from them.

NOTE: This courtesy is the opposite of most other Martial Arts. If a guest of another club, please follow their rules. If we have guests, please allow for these differences.

13. REMEMBER. Judo training should be fun, but must be taken seriously.

14. Always and compulsory to wear shoes / Slip-ons to when coming to the Dojo, to and from the mat


Syllabus can be downloaded here:

Freestyle Judo Ritoru Tatsu Fight Club Senior Hand Book 2018