Sensei John Ogden, a well known figure in Southern California Judo since the 1950's was the founder of Ogden Judo School. The school having been originally located in Long Beach for over 50 years relocated to Bellflower, CA in 2007. Membership is strong with a variety of students from novice to elite champion levels, and ages 5 years old and up attending morning and evening classes.
Call (562) 522-6038 for information on how to join.
Sensei Ogden modeled the school after Kodokan Judo, which was founded in 1882 by Dr. Jigoro Kano. Judo is a refinement of the ancient martial art of Jujutsu. Dr. Kano, President of the University of
Education, Tokyo, studied these ancient forms and integrated what
he considered to be the best of their techniques into what is now the
modern sport of Judo.
Judo was introduced into the Olympic Games in 1964 and is practiced by millions of people throughout the world today. People practice Judo to excel in competition,
to stay in shape, to develop self-confidence, and for many other
reasons. But most of all, people do Judo just for the fun of it.
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