Judo and grappling sports popular with fans of the Olympics
In Louisville, Kentucky and the surrounding communities (from Bowling Green to Owen County to Lexington and Frankfort and the surrounding states) there is a tight-knit community of Judo and other grappling sports Japanese Ju Jitsu and BJJ. Many of the clubs and schools offer a variety of styles.
In Louisville, Wakaishu Judo Club's primary focus is sport and contest Judo and remains one of the few clubs focused exclusively on Judo.
Wakaishu (which translates to Young Masters) is a club that has been serving the community for over 40 years.
Many of the families in the club have been coached for "generations" by Sensei Erroyl Cheatham.
Currently involved are several families where parents and children train and compete together.
Judo is available four days a week though the non-profit Wakaishu Judo Club.
They offer Judo four days a week at two different locations in Louisville.
Monday and Wednesday they begin at 6:30 PM at St. Leonard on 440 Zorn Avenue and Iroquois High School on Tuesday and Thursday nights.
The Club is a non-profit organization and charges only $25.00 monthly to cover expenses.
Kodokan Judo was founded in 1882 by Dr. Jigoro Kano at the Eishoji Temple near Tokyo, Japan .
The practice of Judo found a home in physical education and sport.
Sport provided teamwork, which was good for all and also developed the individual.
It was a complete physical education; not just a game. Although self-defense techniques were included in the training, emphasis was on using the techniques in a holistic manner.
Dr. Jigoro Kano is credited with jujitsu's survival of the Meiji Restoration at a time jujitsu was looked down upon in Japan.
He took jujitsu and adapted it to the times.