New Member Policy

All new members

We recommend all potential students observe at least two class sessions (one fundamentals and one advanced) prior to beginning training.

To be prepared for your first day of training, you will need to:

  • Wash your gi in hot water and fully dry.
  • Review the Rules of Conduct section of this website.
  • Bring a gym bag, water bottle, under shorts and sandals.
  • Women must wear a plain white t-shirt under their gi top.


  • New adult members begin practice the first Monday or Wednesday of each month. (note: there is no fundamentals class in August). All registration requirements (including judo gi) must be completed prior to the first of that month.
  • Beginning judo students are required to attend fundamentals classes. The fundamentals class emphasizes proper etiquette, posture, footwork, and technique while developing stamina, flexibility, and timing. A solid foundation is essential for progressive technical development
  • Ranked practitioners of other martial art forms are not exempt from fundamentals training without the express written approval of the head instructor.
  • New students, with no previous judo experience, start at a rank of white belt. Promotions to yellow belt are held quarterly.
  • Once promoted to yellow belt, students may attend advanced judo training.
  • New members with judo rank must present an official copy of rank certification. Tohkon recognizes all countries’ federation ranking systems.
  • Ranked judoka who have been inactive for three or more years will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.


  • We recommend all potential students and their parents observe at least two class sessions.
  • New junior members begin the first week of each month (note: there are no Junior classes during August). All registration requirements (including judo gi) should be completed prior to the first of that month.
  • Judo is a demanding physical activity that requires both physical and mental adroitness. A child must be at least six years old and must: Know left from right, be attentive and participate independent of parental guidance, and be able to follow four sequential directions.
  • Junior students will have a 30-day trial period. If after that period the Instruction Staff finds a student unsuitable for judo training, they will be asked to discontinue training until a later time.
  • Parents are expected to remain on the premises while the class is in session. Do not leave the premises without notifying the class instructor. Parents are not allowed to coach or otherwise interrupt instruction.


  • Judoka with proof of current USJF, USA Judo, or USJA membership registration are welcome at anytime.
  • Visitor mat fees are $40 for three sessions

Other Membership Policies

  • Dues should be paid in the first week of every month. If you are temporarily unable to pay your dues, please see the Head Instructor to discuss possible solutions.
  • Members who do not pay their dues for two consecutive months without an arrangement with the Head Instructor may be asked to leave the dojo until such time as they are able to pay.
  • Members who have been permitted to return after the first instance of nonpayment are considered on probation and may be asked to leave if further nonpayment issues occur.
  • This policy is subject to change without notice at the sole discretion of the Tohkon Judo Academy Board.