WHO ARE WE?
Taketani Judo Academy originated at the Malvern Health and Fitness Centre in 2013 and in November 2016 we opened our own full-time Judo Dojo in Oakleigh. In October 2018, after just 2 short years of incredible growth, we moved to our new state of the art Dojo just around the corner in Huntingdale.
We have more than 80 junior and 40 senior members. We currently have 23 medallists from the Australian National Judo Championships with 12 National Champions training with us.
Head coach Nao is from Japan and he has 4th Dan Judo black belt. He graduated from one of the most prestigious Judo universities in Japan and has trained with Olympic athletes in Japan, USA and Australia.
Nao is also a qualified personal trainer with a specialism in weight control and also elite athlete strength and conditioning.
Our logo is important to us as the red and white colours and circles represent the Japanese flag. The circles are arranged to resemble the character 心 (Shin) meaning mind, heart and spirit. This is the very essence of Judo.
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WHY CHOOSE US ?
Our head coach Nao and junior beginners and women’s coach Kasumi both learned their Judo in Japan. They started Judo from the age of 6 and trained at the highest level until they moved to Australia. We coach a Japanese style of Judo which we teach both to the juniors and seniors and ensure that the training environment encompasses high levels of respect and discipline.
One of our special programs for our members is a Japan Judo Camp. We take students to Japan every 2nd year and train at local Judo clubs. We of course do sightseeing and eat Japanese foods. This is a great opportunity to experience Japanese Judo as well as the Japanese culture.
As a personal trainer, Nao is a high performance fitness instructor with international experience in mentoring athletes to achieve a standard higher than their own expectations. Nao helps Australian national medalists and national squad members' body conditioning and strength. As he helps national top athletes to prepare for competitions, he knows what it takes to succeed.
Nao is also the Head Coach for the Junior Victorian State Team and one of the National Cadet Team coaches recently taking a team to Europe to train and compete.
Nao leads a team of coaches with Kasumi and Sunny helping in specialist areas and have been working together since 2010. Since then they have been developing up their own teaching method which is based on a Japanese Judo style and Japanese teaching philosophy. All our coaches are high level national competitors and have vast experience as a coach. Kasumi and Sunny have a great experience in their Judo life. Please check their profile.
LET’S START JUDO WITH US
We offer a wide range of classes and we are open 6 days a week. Our classes are:
All of these are set at a different level and environment to meet you your needs.
Spread the culture of Judo
Workshop & Performance
We visit schools and Japanese festivals for Judo Performances and Workshops
Since 2010, we have visited primary and secondary schools to educate students about Judo. Our goal with these events is to educate children not only just about the sport but also its deep seeded values that come from Japanese culture such as respect, humility and self control.
Judo in self-defense class
We also have run several Judo classes in PE class in secondary schools as self-defense. This can be:
A single session
One day course or
2 to 5 weeks course (one session or 2 sessions a week)
We can visit your schools or you can visit out academy.
Judo take-down techniques for MMA and BJJ practitioners
This is a great opportunity to learn Judo take-down techniques if you do not have Judo instructors in your gym.
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If you need any further clarification on classes, demonstrations or anything else we offer please feel free to drop us a line below.
35 Clifford Street
Huntingdale, VIC 3166