Our Programs & Classes
Students and enthusiasts of Judo have many reasons for their interest in this and other martial art styles. Some are drawn to the physical fitness and weight-loss aspects of training. Others seek to add discipline and self control to their lives. While still others are concerned about safety and self-defense.
Whether you are interested in our programs for mental or physical well being, Delaware Judo & Ju-Jitsu Association offers a number of programs that will fit your developmental needs and your busy schedule as well. Click here to view our Weekly Class Schedule.
Judo is many things to different people. It is a fun sport, an art, a discipline, a recreational or social activity, a fitness program, a means of self-defense or combat, and a way of life. It is all of these and more. Kodokan Judo comes to us from the fighting system of feudal Japan. Founded in 1882 by Dr. Jigoro Kano, Judo is a refinement of the ancient martial art of Jujutsu. Dr. Kano, President of the University of Education, Tokyo, studied these ancient forms and integrated what he considered to be the best of their techniques into what is now the modern sport of Judo. Judo was introduced into the Olympic Games in 1964 and is practiced by millions of people throughout the world today. People practice Judo to excel in competition, to stay in shape, to develop self-confidence, and for many other reasons. But most of all, people do Judo just for the fun of it.
Our program, under the leadership of Alexander Velazquez, Sensei, has been a pioneer in the development of Judo in the New Castle County Police Athletic League. We take great pride in preparing young athletes to become champions on and off the mat. Education is the top priority and all of our student-athletes work to prepare themselves for success in all aspects of life. Our program attracts a diverse group of people in the New Castle area making our dojo one of the most diverse places for Judo training. Building... Good people, strong communities, great athletes...in that order The mission of the Delaware Judo & Ju-Jitsu Association development program is to develop stronger communities and better people through the discipline, physical conditioning, focus and ethical values learned in a quality Judo program. Goals and activities of the DJJA development program are aimed at making these quality programs available in New Castle County, Delaware.
The DJJA Ju-Jitsu program is aimed at teaching men and women modern, realistic self-defense. Our techniques are designed to be maximally effective with a minimum of training and effort in order to equip our students with the tools they need to survive as soon as possible. Our style of Ju-Jitsu (the Gentle Art) is Shuri-Te Ju-Jitsu. It is a complete martial arts system emphasizing entering, trapping, striking, joint locking, throwing/takedowns, grappling, choking, immobilizing, pressure points, vital-point striking methods, weapons and Ki (energy)development.
Shuri-Te Ju-Jitsu is a modern martial arts system, with strong influences from the training methods and fundamentals of Shuri-Te Karate, http://okinawankarate.org/shorin-ryu-shuri-te.html, Aikijujutsu, http://www.daito-ryu.org/en/, and Judo, http://kodokanjudoinstitute.org/en/. Many of the principles, techniques and theories are taken from the traditional martial arts systems which derive from China, Okinawa, Japan, and the Philipines. Some of these martial systems are Shuri-Te, Goju-Ryu, Shotokan, Aikijujutsu, Judo, and Kali.
Shuri-Te Ju-Jitsu is a system that expands on the Kihon (basic techniques) within Shuri-Te Karate and the Aiki principles that are most effectively employed in conjunction with Jujutsu waza....hence the name Aikijujutsu. At its highest level of execution Shuri-Te Ju-Jitsu is characterized by sophisticated Jujutsu waza which employs mental disruption and soft joint locks to throw or immobilize an attacker. Shuri-Te Ju-Jitsu is a complete martial arts system which developed from the old and evolved into the new for modern day applications. In addition to learning how to defend yourself, you can also expect to have fun, gain confidence and make friends with interesting people.
Please Contact Us if you have any questions about our programs or would like to know about other programs that may not be listed here.