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Judo at BCS

Judo Classes will be offered at Belfast Central School in the cafeteria every Wednesday beginning January 9, 2019. The class will be from 5:30-6:30pm and all ages are welcome.


The first class is free.  Thereafter, the cost is $6.00 a class or $20.00 for the month. We do have some judo gi’s (outfit needed to practice judo) on hand for students to borrow for class. I suggest getting there a little early, as they are on a first come first serve basis.



My judo program is strongly supported by Kin-Tora in Buffalo, NY. Nick Rastelli is the owner and has provided many opportunities, including visiting periodically to work with my students. He has been tremendous in getting us some of the things we need to get a judo program established in our area.  He believes in the sport and wants to extend the opportunity to kids who may not ever have the chance to practice judo.


Please feel to free to come observe a class! You can also contact me (Nicole Brandes 716-801-0504) with any questions or check out my Facebook page Friendship judo. This will give a better understanding of the sport we have been growing in Friendship, NY. Once we get established, I will create a Facebook page for Belfast.


Judo is translated into English as the “gentle way” and was developed by Dr. Jigoro Kano in 1882 as way to defend without using weapons. Judo is a form of Jujitsu but lacks the dangerous throws. It involves using holds and leverage to unbalance the opponent without causing severe damage, and Judo has since been considered an Olympic sport. It is not something we practice once a week.  It is considered a way of life. Judo is incorporated in our everyday life through character and respect for others. It is also traditionally expected to adhere to a strict code of ethics in displaying humanitarian qualities, such as compassion, sympathy, kindness, unselfishness, etc. Therefore, students who practice judo should be outstanding examples of good character and honest conduct on and off the mat. Students should always try their best. Most judo players who earn their black belt go on to teach judo not for the money, but for their love of the sport, along with the desire to share and spread their judo knowledge with others.


Come Check Out a Class!