Friday, April 6, 2012

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

We've compiled a list of frequently asked questions that we receive on a regular basis. We hope this will help you make the important decision to start training with us.

About the Sport:

a. What is Judo?
Judo is many things to different people: martial art, sport and way of life are just a few. We consider Judo to be one of the best forms of physical education. In fact, when Japanese educator Jigoro Kano developed Judo in 1882, his main goal was to create a comprehensive method of physical education for an evolving, modern Japan. After decades of international expansion, Judo became an Olympic sport in 1964.

b. What's the difference between Judo and the other arts?
Martial arts can be grouped into three categories: the striking arts (taekwondo, karate, kung fu), the weapon arts (kendo, iaido, escrima), and the grappling arts like Judo and jujitsu. Judo involves wrestling-like moves. It has no strikes and uses no weapons.

c. Why should I learn Judo instead of another art?
Judo is a better form of physical education, especially for children. Judo training is tougher, so your body is better prepared mentally and physically to withstand the rigors of an assault. It's more complete because it has standing and ground fighting skills. It provides a better sense of true accomplishments because there is no “make believe” in its training. It's an excellent sport to cross-train in because it offers great development in balance, kinesthetic awareness, coordination and ruggedness.

Training with us:

Q1. How do I get started?
That's easy! Email us for the registration form, fill it up, pay your training fees, purchase your uniform, and your on your way!
Registration form can be requested via:
*For visiting Judokas, you can come train with us directly without registration.

Q2. How much does it cost to start training Judo with SJC?
We have 2 general form of fees:
- $10 per session for visitors
- $30/month (paid quarterly) for registered members

(Requires a one-off Registration fee of $50 for new members) 

Q3. Can I (or my child) train without a Judo Gi?
No, safety is paramount in Judo and SJC recommends that the student comes with the proper attire (Judo Gi, Pants and Belt)
As a close contact sport without the Judo Gi, your child may be prone to injuries especially mat burn and cuts during training.

Q4. Where can I buy a Judo Gi (Uniform)?
- Liang Seng Sports 
#03-346 Marina Square, Tel: (+65) 6337 5479
1019 Upper Serangoon Road #01-01, Tel: (+65) 6287 2128
- Ranking Sports
#03-49 Bras Basah Complex, Beach Road, 180231,  Tel: 63367887
- OnTek Sports 
Tel: 9697 4925 (Contact Mr. Tang)

Q5. How old must my child be to start judo?
Although we accept children as young as four or five on a case by case basis, a better starting age may be 6 or 7 for some children. The starting age will depend on a child's maturity level, attention span, interest, and sports background.

Q6. Am I too old to start Judo?
That really depends on how old you think you are, and what kind of physical and medical condition you are in. We have students who begin Judo well into their forties. Judo is a sport that you can practice beyond your sixties provided you start early enough in your life

Q7. How fit must I be before I can start training?
You can join at every fitness level, we’ll adjust your training accordingly. However, if you have a medical condition, it is advisable that your check with your doctor before starting training with us.

Q8. How can I contact SJC?
We can be reach via our official email:
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