If you’re interested in learning judo, then it’s important to find a club that offers a great experience. There are many different clubs throughout the Big Apple, and not all of them are the same.

Some clubs have a great reputation, while others are just average. There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a club. You should look into the history of the club. The better the club’s history, the more likely it is to continue offering quality instruction. You should also look at the experience of the instructors.

So, which New York City judo clubs are the best? We’ve put together a list of our top 3, based on our experience, knowledge, and research.

Kokoshi Budo Institute

The Kokoshi Budo Institute was founded in 1963 and it has a rich history. The founder of the club, Nobuyoshi Higashi taught the philosophy of Sensei Jigoro Kano, the founder of judo, and Hikoichi Aida. Higashi is a 9th dan black belt in judo and also the founder of Kokushi-Ryu jujutsu.

Shintaro Higashi, Nobuyoshi’s son is the head of the school now, and he has an impressive resume, being a two-time National Champion and a two-time Team USA judo member.

The club is located in the Upper West Side, and it offers classes in judo, jiu-jitsu, karate, and aikido.

Oishi Judo

Founded by Shiro Oishi in 1969, Oishi Judo is a prestigious club, and it is one of the best in New York City. Oishi is a 6th-dan black belt in judo and a former silver and gold medalist at the US National Championships.

Even though over 80 years old, Oishi still trains at the club, which is a testament to his dedication. The club is known over the country for its friendliness and professionalism.

IJC Martial Arts

A newer club opened in 2011, the IJC Martial Arts have a strong sense of community and a great reputation. Their facility is one of the best out there, and they offer classes in judo, BJJ, no-gi BJJ, and Muay Thai.

They are located in Queens, and the judo program is run by Sensei Saro Balagezyan, Sensei Vartan Balagezyan, and Sensei Boruch Paltielov.