Judo was founded in 1882 by Dr. Jigoro Kano at the Kodokan in Tokyo, Japan.

It is generally categorized as a modern martial art which later evolved into a combat and Olympic sport. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke.

Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defenses are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata) and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice (randori). A judo practitioner is called a judoka.

Judo is offered five days a week at two locations. Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at the Warren Memorial Boys and Girls Club (790 Berne Street SE, Atlanta, GA 30312) and Tuesday and Thursday at Trammell Fitness and Martial Arts (1745 Defoor Place NW, Atlanta, GA 30318).

  • Monday1:30pm-2:30pm (Kids 4+), 7:00pm-8:30pm (Adults)
  • Tuesday7:00pm-8:30pm (Kids 8+ and Adults)
  • Wednesday – 1:30pm-2:30pm (Kids 4+), 7:00pm-8:30pm (Adults)
  • Thursday7:00pm-8:30pm (Kids 8+ and Adults)
  • Saturday9:45am-11:00am (Advanced Kids and Adults)

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Boys and Girls Club gym is closed but class is being held at Trammell Fitness and Martial Arts and ALL students are welcome. The temporary schedule is:

  • Monday – 7:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Tuesday – 7:00pm-8:00pm
  • Thursday – 7:00pm-8:00pm

Judo class fees are $115/mo and are collected via automatic debit/credit on the same day every month.

Other things you need:

  • Judo Gi (available for purchase from instructor)
  • To join ATJA, USA Judo, or other national organization (prices vary, online)


My son and I started training judo with Josh about two years ago. It has been a great experience. You get world class instruction with a family atmosphere. My son has a passion for judo now and more self confidence. I am thankful to Josh for being a good coach, role model, and mentor for my teenage son.

Philip Duke