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Sensei Matthew Kinstler




Welcome to the Rakuen Judo Academy

Rakuen Judo Academy is situated on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. The Judo classes are run by Sensei Matthew Kinstler from his Traditional Judo Dojo-Studio in Mermaid Waters several times a week and also on Thursday Nights at the Axis Jiu Jitsu Academy Complex in Southport. The Rakuen Judo Academy classes are not just focused on teaching students to fight well in competitions. Instead the classes also train students in the various aspects of the traditional Kodokan Judo methods for self-defence, and personal development through mental and physical training. Therefore the students acquire an in depth understanding in the tradition and proper ways of Kodokan Judo.

When a lot of people think of Martial Arts they tend to think that all Martial Arts are the same and mostly consist of kicks and punches. Judo is not like other Combat Martial Arts such as Karate, Kung Fu, Taekwondo, Muay Thai, Kick Boxing and Standard Boxing as Judo can best be described as “the art of giving way”, also known as “the gentle way” that uses the principle of “maximum efficiency with minimum effort” (Seiroku zenyo) to overcome an opponent.

If you could compare Judo to any other Martial Art that is taught on the Gold Coast it would be closer to Aikido and Jiu Jitsu. However, the techniques taught in Judo involve many types throwing techniques that use the hips, shoulders, feet, hands and sacrifice movements of deliberately falling to the ground to bring an opponent down to the ground in a very controlled manner. As most combat fighting situations end up on the ground, Judo also involves various pinning and special Japanese Warrior Wrestling Techniques, more mature students also get taught the correct techniques to execute strangles and arm bars to overcome opponents. There are also various striking techniques (Atemi Waza) and streetwise self-defence fighting techniques taught at the Rakuen Judo Academy that most Judo Schools don’t teach, as they are primarily focused on what can be used in competitions and for the minimum grading requirements which has meant many Judoka’s (Judo Students) have unfortunately missed out on the “whole package experience”.

Apart from being a respected Martial Art taught to Police and the Military in many countries around the world, Judo is also an Olympic Sport with local competitions held on the Gold Coast and other towns and cities around Australia. Unlike MMA, Boxing and Cage Fighting Competitions, Judo follows a code of “mutual welfare and benefit” (Jita kyoe) so the rules are designed to enable everyone to practice the art without going too far and hurting each other and encourages everyone to help each other. Judo enforces the use of restraint, self-discipline, courage and respect to all that attend classes to make those who practice the art respectful and respectable members of the community.

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Jigoro Kano


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