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Judo, a martial art and sport developed in Japan, has been practiced at the Keene Family YMCA since the early 1970s. Our instructors have many years of experience and are ready to help you develop your self-defense techniques in a safe and secure environment.

The Keene Family YMCA’s Judo program is led by experienced instructors who have been involved in the sport for decades.

An instructor showing a student how to perform a judo technique at the keene family YMCA

The head instructor (sensei) is Ken Durand, a seventh degree black belt. Co-instructors Dan Durand (fourth degree black belt), Robert Hutichinson (fourth degree black belt), Joe Jackson (first degree black belt), Matt MKibben (first degree black belt), and Joel Pettit (first degree black belt) round out the teaching staff.

The martial arts sport of Judo originates in Japan, though it is practiced all over the world. Rather than kicking and punching techniques, Judo will train you to use coordination, balance, clout and strategy to overcome your opponents. The techniques you will learn in this class include proper throwing, falling and grappling. There will also be opportunities to practice these techniques during informal sparring matches.

Workouts are available for both junior and senior students. For those interested in competing, the Y hosts two tournaments per year. There are also opportunities to participate in other tournaments such as the Wildcat at UNH.

Participating in the Y’s Judo program will not only help you develop an understanding of self-defense techniques, it will help you become stronger and more confident.

Judo Classes at the YMCA

Teen/Adult Judo

Ages 13+

This class includes instruction in falling, throwing and grappling. Our focus is on development of body concepts, balance, discipline, sportsmanship, self-defense and self-esteem. Students will have opportunities to participate in national clinics and tournaments.

Youth Judo

Ages 8+

This beginner friendly class is a perfect introduction to the sport for those with limited experience. Students are encouraged to demonstrate respect for themselves and others, and priority is given to fostering a safe environment in which students can have fun while developing the body concepts and skills that will allow them to advance in the sport.

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Register online anytime during the enrollment period or contact us to learn more.