Eastside Dojo

Eastside Dojo is a Judo dojo in Plano, Texas. Judo is a modern martial art and Olympic sport based on throws, pins and submission moves. We provide an open environment for all to learn and work out together - with the common goal to improve skill, wellness, and ability to compete.

High Performance Program

led by Olympic Bronze Medalist - N. Sainjargal

In order to grow competitive Judo in Texas, Eastside Dojo has brought on a decorated Olympian as its full-time High Performance coach: Mongolian judoka Nyam-Ochir Sainjargal.  Or as he is affectionally called "Nyamka". Nyamka won the Olympic Games bronze in London 2012 and won bronze at the 2015 World Championships in Astana. In total he has  20 World Cup medals. Nyamka was World #1 from april 2013 to april 2014 in the 73KG weight class, one of the toughest weight classes in Judo.

Nyamka's mission will be  to develop our youth into national contenders and champions. He will ensure that our athletes have the conditioning, techniques, strategies and mindsets needed to achieve the most ambitious of goals in their Judo careers.

Kids at Eastside

Judo is a great sport for kids. Attending judo classes will increase strength and coordination as most sports will. However, throwing techniques are unique to judo and the emphasis in judo on learning and mastering falling techniques are simply not done in other sports. These are true life skills that will enhance participation in other sports and activities throughout a judokas life.

 

Even more important than the physical skills learned in judo class, are the skills of cooperation and partnership. Though judo is a sport where participants fight each other, in practice there is no learning or improving without cooperation and partnership. The classes at Eastside Dojo emphasize this. All judo drills are done with a partner, the tori (person performing a technique)  and the uke (person receiving the technique).

 

Everyone wants to be a good tori, but being a good uke is essential for learning and we will instill that in our students. As well, bigger or more experienced kids are taught to help younger or smaller kids. While we want to see kids in judo class become more athletic and learn judo technique, more important is for them to learn how they improve and how they can affect the improvement of others.

 

Girls in Judo

Judo may not be the first sport that comes to mind when looking for a sport for girls and women, but maybe it should be. The first women’s World Championship took place in 1980, and in 1984 Rhonda Rousey’s mom won, becoming USA’s first world champion. Women’s judo has been in the Olympics since 1988. In London 2012, two American women brought home medals.

A bronze for Marti Malloy and the first ever gold for an American, male or female, by Kayla Harrison. In judo classes boys and girls, men and women practice together. Women in judo will gain an understanding of their physical abilities in a confrontational situation - and work to improve their strength, coordination, and confidence.

 
 

Adults in Judo

It is great to learn new skills as an adult. Judo class provides exercise that can add strength, stamina, coordination as well as control weight. Judo classes/workouts are not easy, they are challenging and rewarding. In beginner judo classes you will sweat, your pulse will increase, your adrenaline will pump, and your body will learn moves it has never done before. In more advanced classes there will be more emphasis on randori(sparring) both in newaza(grappling) and tachi waza(standing)

 

COMPETITION 

 

At Eastside Dojo we teach competitive judo. We think that competition drives  motivation to learn and improve. And we think competition teaches sportsmanship and  performing under stressful situations. We will have dojo member only tournaments, as well there  are a variety of local, regional, state, and national tournaments available for those who wish to compete. However, there will be no requirement for students to compete and promotions will be based on effort, knowledge, and proficiency in technical skills. see event schedule

 
 

Promotion at Eastside

The use of belt color to indicate achievement and ability was first used by Jigoro Kano, the founder of judo. All judoka begin as white belts. As students learn and advance they will be tested and promoted through a series of belt colors. At Eastside Dojo we will hold promotion events in order to highlight achievement, there will not be an extra charge. see belt color and promotion requirements