Samurai Judo and Jujitsu
Ronald Allan Charles, 8th Dan
Ronald Allan Charles, Ph.D., began
judo in 1961 and studied under the late Kotani Sensei at the
Kodokan Judo Institute in Japan, earning his Black Belt in 1969. Kotani
Sensei, 10th dan (degree) black belt, had studied under the
founder of judo, Dr. Jigoro Kano. That makes
Charles Sensei the "grand-student" of Dr. Kano. Charles
Sensei's students are Dr. Kano's "great-grand-students"!
Charles Sensei holds 8th dan rank in judo and 6th dan in jujitsu
and is a Master Rank Examiner in both arts, a Master Coach, and
a National Level Kata Instructor and Judge, licensed to certify
others in these areas. He is a Regional Level
Referee and serves as Chairman of the Awards Committee;
President of South Carolina Judo, Incorporated; Regional Judo
Coordinator; and General State Development Director for Judo. During
summers he serves on coaching staffs at judo camps throughout
the country. This year he was honored with Judo’s
Lifetime Achievement Award.
Charles Sensei has taught judo during his adventures to 90
countries to civilians, the police, and the military and at
public schools, colleges, and universities. He
earned his Ph.D. in Education from USC.
Why learn judo
and jujitsu? Training positives are:
Physical – You
can train to respond to any threat while getting a good aerobic
workout. You tone up muscles and
learn to defend yourself, while improving speed, flexibility,
power, agility, balance, and reflexes.
Mental – Learn
how to control yourself in any situation.
Judo will give you self-confidence in all areas.
Judo encourages competitive spirit and a feeling of
confidence. For those not interested
in competing, judo is a great recreational or defense activity.
Safety – Judo
training includes how to fall without injury, a skill unique to
judo and useful in everyday life.
Our club is committed to taking every precaution to keeping
students as safe as possible. Our
experienced instructors use warm-up regimens to help eliminate
pulls and strains.
Judo is many
things to different people: an art,
a sport, discipline, recreational or social activity, keep-fit
program, means of self-defense, and way of life.
It is to some extent all these, but to most participants
it’s a sport.
the Olympics in 1964, judo is played by millions throughout the
world. People play to excel in
competition, stay in shape, and develop self-confidence.
Most of all people play judo for the fun of it.
As in all sports
judo has a strict set of rules governing competitive play and
ensuring safety. Judo offers those
desiring to test their skills the opportunity to compete at
levels ranging from club to Olympic competition.
Weight and gender divisions are used in competition, and
age groupings for juniors and masters.
throws as well as pins but is best known for its spectacular
throwing techniques. Judoists wear
special clothes to help with the application of throws and other
skills, enhancing control for safety in practice and
competition. Judo is played on
special mats for comfort and safety.
martial arts, there’s no kicking or punching.
You don’t need protective gear or boxing gloves to play
judo. Judo emphasizes sport, fun,
safety, and full physical activity for top conditioning.
We teach and practice appropriate exercises and falling
techniques before each workout.
Judo's safety record is enviable when compared to other vigorous
sports. Instructors with nationally
registered ranks and background checks teach classes.
If you like
sports involving physical activity, you’ll probably love judo,
an inexpensive, year-round activity that appeals to people from
all walks of life. Judo provides the
means for learning and improving oneself physically, mentally,
socially, and spiritually.
training can improve an individual's aerobic capacity, speed,
power, strength, agility, and flexibility.
As a sport that has evolved from a fighting art, it
develops complete body control, fine balance, and fast reflexive
action. Above all, it develops a
sharp-reacting mind well coordinated with the same kind of body.
Judo utilizes virtually every muscle of the body and is
an excellent overall conditioner.
from fighting systems of feudal Japan, principally jujitsu, the
art of self-defense. Judo training
gives a person an effective self-defense system if the need
arises, providing a decisive advantage over the untrained
individual. Instruction stresses
both sportive and defensive aspects of judo.
Uniforms and Materials:
Participants require a judogi, which consists of jacket,
trousers, and belt, for safe practice because the sleeve is used
to control the partner's fall during a throw.
Just as you wouldn't want to play full-contact football
without a helmet and protective gear, you wouldn't want to
practice judo without a judogi.
Judogi are loose fitting and will last for many years.
Do not wash the judogi in hot water or use a drier the
first few times, though, as it will shrink too much to fit
properly. Never wash the belt.
A new judogi costs about $40.
Senior Handbook ($25 + shipping) is required.
It is extremely difficult for anyone to pass judo
examinations without studying the Handbook.
The Junior Handbook is available for those below
age 16. Each judoka is responsible
for keeping record of tournament and clinic activity.
Students should purchase the USJA Jujitsu Manual
($36 + shipping) and the USJA judogi patch($5).
videotapes, and other merchandise are available from the USJA by
toll-free phone at 1-877-411-3409 or via
on the Internet.
Joining the Judo
and Jujitsu Club makes it possible for you to earn promotions
and participate in clinics (special classes conducted by high
ranking black belts) and tournaments.
Our chartered United States Judo Association club is part
of the Samurai Judo Association with over 350 registered USJA
members at several locations and is one of the largest judo
clubs in America.
Membership in the United States Judo Association is required of
all participants BEFORE getting on the mat!
You must have accident insurance coverage specific to
judo in order to participate in tournaments and clinics, thereby
earning promotion points. This
insurance is included FREE with Association membership.
USJA members are
allowed to wear the USJA patch on their judo uniform.
Rank and certification patches are worn
below it, with Life Member and Jujitsu patches above.
required in order to play in tournaments or participate in
clinics and camps, is included free for the first year with your
Life Membership and is renewable each year for $25.
It is considered secondary insurance with a $2,500
costs $45 and includes:
One year of
martial arts insurance
registration of ranks
compete in USJA sanctioned local, regional, and national
tournaments and judo and clinics and camps
costs $400 and includes:
insurance coverage for one full year
Judo Groundplay to Win by Barnett
Dynamic Self-Defense by Allred
registration of ranks
Life Member patch
compete in USJA sanctioned local, regional, and national
tournaments and clinics and camps
If you’re serious
about judo and/or jujitsu, Life Membership is your best value.
If you pay the Annual Member fee and become a Life Member
by the end of the first year, you will have spent $445.
In time the annual fee will increase, costing more in the
Observe a few
classes and then decide if you'd like to learn this exciting
Olympic sport. If yes, join the USJA
right away so you can get on the mat and begin working toward
your first promotion and competing in a tournament.
Because judo is an individual activity, everyone makes
the team; nobody warms the bench.
Testing is free with membership.
There’s a nominal fee for each promotion:
$12 for each Junior rank, $15 for Senior ranks below
brown belt and $25 for brown belt ranks; with black belt
promotions higher. Promotions are
registered with the National Office in Colorado Springs,
Colorado, and recognized and accepted throughout the country and
internationally. A certificate of
rank, rank patch for the uniform, and card indicating rank are
issued with each promotion.
promotions are linked directly to attendance.
Those who attend regularly learn more, attain promotions
faster, and generally perform better in competition than those
who miss class. When you have met
time-in-grade and point requirements and appear ready in terms
of skill, you will be examined.
Three months in judo and/or jujitsu are necessary before
the first promotion. This time
countdown starts on the date you begin USJA membership.
See how to
tabulate points for promotion at this link: http://www.tomodachijudo.org/PromPts.htm
Take the online
test to prepare:
Also visit these
links for review on how to perform some techniques:
Promotions are a
fun time for everyone. I give promoted
students a yellow, orange, green, or brown belt in exchange for
the old belt, to recycle. This saves
students money. It is our Samurai
tradition to congratulate newly promoted judoka with a throw.
Well-attended classes make this a memorable experience
for judoka receiving promotions!
Tournaments, Camps, and Seminars:
Membership with current insurance in a national judo
organization is required for all tournaments, clinics, and
United States Judo Association:
The USJA is a national judo organization that offers
summer camps, clinics, and seminars.
Clinics may be general or specific in nature, e.g., to certify
instructors or review technical skills.
6th dan in judo, brings a half-century of judo
experience to our club. His
specialty is competition. He is a
former World Games bronze medalist.
Terry Q. Aumock,
4th dan in judo and 3rd dan in jujitsu, is a National
Masters champion and Outstanding State Competitor in both kata
and tournament play. He also is a
Coach, Referee, National Kata Instructor, and Judge.
4th dan in jujitsu, has an extensive background in law
enforcement with significant military and law enforcement
instructor experience. He is a Coach
and leader of our jujitsu program.
Alex Campo, 2nd dan in judo, is a Coach and experienced
Michael Ocampo, 1st degree black belt in
Nick Dreiling, 1st degree black
belt in jujitsu
information, contact Charles Sensei at (843) 553-6702 or at
We have a club
uniforms, and videos are available from the USJA website.
Events are publicized there.
7 – 8:30 pm on Monday and Wednesday nights we
On each Saturday from
9:00 am – noon and
First and Third Friday of each
month we teach jujitsu, 7 - 8:30 pm
Participants must be military personnel or Department of
Defense-connected or their adult dependents.
Instruction is FREE to active duty participants.
Other adults may be sponsored by one of these
card-carrying members, provided they show up together.
There is a nominal fee of $2/class for dependents, DOD
personnel, and those sponsored.
Current judo insurance, provided free with USJA Annual
Membership and the first year with Life Membership (renewable
annually for $25 for Life Members), is required to participate
in our judo and jujitsu classes.
Those not on active duty needing to pay the nominal fee must do
this at Sam’s Club, the fitness and gym building across the
sidewalk from the MWR Fitness Center, opposite the Library.
Coming from Charleston on I-26, exit at Goose Creek.
Road becomes Hwy 52. Head
towards Moncks Corner/Goose Creek.
At the first traffic light in Goose Creek (after City Limits
sign), you will see Wendy’s and 84 Lumber to your right.
Turn right. (It is Red Bank
Road, but there is no street sign.)
You will cross railroad tracks.
Continue on Red Bank for about 1½ miles, crossing a second set
of railroad tracks. Soon you will
see the South Carolina Federal Credit Union on left.
Park across the street. The
MWR Athletics facility is across the street, by the library.
It is not the basketball gym, but behind the gym.
If coming via
North Rhett Extension, go right at the Burger King, cross
tracks, and look for our MWR Athletics center in the complex of
buildings across the street from the Credit Union.
Bring your $45
United States Judo Association annual fee to the first class, so
you can begin classes immediately.
Also bring $40 to order your judogi, if you don’t have one.
Samurai Judo and Jujitsu
MWR Athletics, Bldg. 725, Joint Base
Goose Creek, SC 29445
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