Judo classes are conducted by Mr. James Peacock who holds the rank of Nikyu (2nd Degree Brown Belt) in Kodokan Judo. Mr. Peacock receives guidance and input from his long time teacher and Judo Mentor, Mr. Chris Veziris. Mr. Veziris holds the rank of Rokudan (6th Degree Black Belt), as well as a second degree Black Belt in Kenpo. Mr. Veziris founded the Derry Judo club in 1971 and is considered by many to be the “Father of New Hampshire Judo.” The Derry Judo Club is consistently ranked one of the top Judo clubs in the country. Mr. Veziris, along with some of Mr. Peacock’s other training partners from Derry often join our classes here in Amherst. Please see the schedule page for specific class times.
We offer a $25.00 discount on tuition for current AKS students.
A brief history of Kodokan Judo
(some content from JudoInfo.com)
Judo is derived from Jujutsu, the traditional fighting system of feudal Japan. The founder of Judo, Professor Jigoro Kano, studied several styles of jujutsu including Kito-Ryu and Tenjin-shinyo Ryu in his youth. He later developed his own system based on modern sports principles. In 1882 he founded the Kodokan Judo Institute in Tokyo where he began teaching and which still is the international authority for Judo. The name Judo was chosen because it means the gentle or yielding way. Kano emphasized the larger educational value of training in attack and defense so that it could be a path or way of life that all people could participate in and benefit from. He eliminated some of the traditional jujutsu techniques and changed training methods so that most of the moves could be done with full force to create a decisive victory without injury. The popularity of Judo increased dramatically after a famous contest hosted by the Tokyo police in 1886 where the Judo team defeated the most well-known jujutsu school of the time. It then became a part of the Japanese physical education system and began its spread around the world.
In 1964 men’s Judo competition finally became a part of the Olympics, the first asian martial art as an official medal sport. In 1992 Judo competition for women was added to the Olympics. Judo consists primarily of nage-waza (throws), along with katame-waza (grappling), which includes osaekomi-waza (pins), shime-waza (chokes), and kansetsu-waza (joint locks). Additional techniques, including atemi-waza (striking), various joint locks, self defense and weapons are found in the Judo katas. Judo is generally compared to wrestling, but it retains its unique combat forms. As a daughter to Jujutsu these techniques are also often taught in Judo classes. Because the founder was involved in education (President of Tokyo University) Judo training emphasizes mental, moral and character development as much as physical training. Most instructors stress the principles of Judo such as the principle of yielding to overcome greater strength or size, as well as the scientific principles of leverage, balance, efficiency, momentum and control. Seiryoku zenyo (maximum efficiency) and Jita kyoei (mutual welfare and benefit) are the best known of the principles of Judo.
Judo is a good choice for most children to learn because it is safe and fun, and because it emphasizes education and proper development of the body, mind, and character. Judo training has many forms for different interests. Some students train for competition by sparring and entering the many tournaments that are available. Other students study the traditional art and forms (kata) of Judo. Other students train for self-defense, and yet other students practice Judo for fun and recreation. Black belts are expected to learn all aspects of Judo.
Other Judo Resources: JudoInfo.com / Derry Judo Club