Welcome to Riki Judo Dojo
The only Judo school in Arizona that teaches original, authentic and traditional Kodokan Judo and Japanese Jujutsu for health, personal protection and competition. The Dojo (Japanese for the place to study, learn and practice) is located at 535 West Iron Ave. Suite 121 in Mesa, AZ. We are in the Eastgate Center just behind the Home Depot on Country Club near the US 60. Please feel free to visit us on any of the scheduled class days and times listed below.
Kodokan Judo is great for the body, mind and spirit.
DUE TO THE THREAT OF SPREADING COVID19, RIKI JUDO DOJO CONTINUES TO FOLLOW EFFECTIVE SANITATION PRACTICES WHEN CLEANING THE DOJO AFTER EVERY PRACTICE IN READY FOR THE NEXT CLASS. HAND SANITIZER IS PROVIDED IN MULTI LOCATIONS IN THE DOJO AND ARE TO BE USED FREQUENTLY.
RIKI JUDO DOJO SCHEDULE OF CLASSES FOR ADULTS AND YOUTH (6 years and Older)
MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY Evenings and Saturday Mornings
YOUTH: 6:00 TO 6:55 PM and Saturdays at 9:00 AM
ADULTS 7:00 TO 8:30 PM and Saturdays at 10:00 AM
Fees are Monthly Dues; $45.00 Youth and $75.00 Adults
No Contract, One Week Free
Stop in anytime to visit Riki Dojo and Interview Riki Katagiri – Adamcik (Head Teacher)
Visit our Facebook Page and YouTube Channel; Riki Judo Dojo
Judo and Rei – Spirit of Respect
Jigoro Kano created Judo from the Japanese combat art of Jujutsu. He pioneered Judo as a way in which to nurture people to excellence. Judo practitioners do not merely carry out exercises for the simple acquisition of technical skills. In the course of their study, they also learn Judo as a pathway through life with the aim of developing a fine character.
The spirit of Rei is vital to the study Judo in a manner that promotes self-perfection. Rei is the spirit with which we pay respect to the opponent, and the protocols of etiquette through which we express this sentiment are called Reiho. The cultivation of the spirit of Rei is connected to the development of Jita-Kyoei (mutual benefit), an important tenet that was advocated by Kano Shihan. It is hoped that through Judo and learning the spirit of Rei, practitioners will become fine men and women who can carry the future.
In the Judo dojo, we are able to learn and engage in bouts because we have training partners. Therefore, we should take care to show them every courtesy. When entering a competition or cheering on others, we should suppress the desire to win at all costs, making reckless movements without caring if we cause injury, and mistreating our opponent. Because the Budo arts are mainly composed of fierce techniques and attacking movements, if the spirit of respect and harmony is neglected, the bout will descend into little more than a violent conflict. The expression “Budo begins with Rei and ends with Rei” emphasizes the spirit of respect needed to prevent such a regrettable occurrence, and is very important in Judo today. The stronger you become, the spirit of Rei and the attitude of Jita-Kyoei must be maintained all the more.
Unpleasantness directed towards you from a senior must not in turn be passed on to a junior. Offensive behavior emanating from a person in front of you should not be channeled back to a person behind you. It is true in many cases, however, that one comes to understand what is unacceptable only when it is done to them for the first time. Those who practice Judo should always consider whether or not their conduct towards others is causing discomfort or bother. The root of the spirit of Rei that we embody in Judo is precisely to respect others, and to not initiate acrimony. As a matter of courtesy, we demonstrate Rei to people above us, our peers, and those below us. Now, however, the Rei that we must earnestly reflect on is towards those whom we cannot directly see: that is, the Rei of civic virtue and positive social contribution.
In modern society, although we increasingly see and hear of actions that are lacking in the spirit of Rei, those engaged in Judo training more than anybody else should cultivate the fundamental attitude of Rei in the dojo. Without allowing Rei to diminish even a little, it is incumbent on us to continue holding in esteem its spirit in the course of our daily lives. I hope that this will become a model for society.
535 W Iron Ave, Mesa, AZ 85210
Located in Mesa, AZ a few minutes east of Phoenix, at the US 60 and Country Club (behind the Home Depot).
YOUTH and ADULT Classes and Practices
MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY Evenings and SATURDAY mornings
YOUTH CLASSES: 6:00 PM to 6:55 PM and Saturdays at 9:00 AM
ADULT CLASSES: 7:00 to 8:30 PM and Saturdays at 10:00 AM
Expert instruction and training from Riki Katagiri-Adamciki a former USA, Japan and International competitor. Please go to Instructors page for his bio.
Stop in to interview our instructors and students and watch a class. Visit our YouTube Channel, Riki Judo dojo.
Riki Judo Dojo is a NO CONTRACT membership school.
Your first week is FREE!