Judo is a Martial Art that includes striking techniques and effective self defence systems, or can also be safely practices as a sport which includes throwing and grappling techniques to suit all shapes and sizes. Judo is a fighting sport where participants can go 100% without having to hold back, safe in the knowledge that techniques applied correctly will neither injure their opponent or themselves. This makes a Judo player specialised at close-in fighting – which is what is generally needed for effective self-defence. Rakuen Martial Arts will develop each ‘Judoka’ with correct form in the essential elements of Judo and incorporate continual variation in drills and technique development. The benefits of doing Judo Rakuen Martial Arts are numerous. As well as the social side of meeting new people, it also develops confidence, coordination, balance, falling skills, efficiency of movement, and self-defence skills. Judo is great for improving physical fitness, flexibility and strength and is also an excellent complement to other sports.


By participating in the Self Defence Classes at Rakuen Martial Arts you will have the oportunity to learn many Japanese Jujitsu (Judo) Techniques that are rarely taught in a Normal Judo Classes and Judo Clubs, as using these techniques are not permitted in the current International Judo Federation (IJF) Olympic Games - Competition Rules, so sadly most who have tried Judo don’t even know of them, however these very effective and sometimes even devastating techniques are still very much part of the IJF and Original Kodokan Judo’s Techniques are still taught by Highly Qualified Instructors such as Matthew Kinstler at Rakuen Martial Arts. 

At Rakuen Martial Arts we do not solely focus on Competitions as being all Judo is about, or are our main focus when teaching the art, and take pride in keeping the Martial Arts “Budo Spirit” alive and kicking, which includes Practical Street Style - Self Defence Techniques that incorporates Kicks, Punching, Throwing, Joint Locks, Strangles and Weapon Defence, along with Escapes and Attack Strategies in a very safe and enjoyable environment. Many people on the Gold Coast think this is Karate, in fact many people around Australia think all Martial Arts is just Karate, but they are mistaken as you will gladly discover.

This class is must for everyone that cares about their personal safety Men, Women or children being bullied or worse, attacked causing physical and psychological harm resulting in often life long trauma. Unfortunately Bullies and Thugs are not just found in Schools, but also in every day life situations such as Adult Road Rage Incidents and Random Hostile Confrontations with Intoxicated Individuals etc. We strongly encourage all new Students starting their training at Rakuen Martial Arts to attend the Normal IJF Style Judo Classes first to gain experience and confidence in the fundamentals and basics.



These Classes focus on staying on the ground and rolling about in a lot of situations and scenarios to trap or immobilise an Opponent in a Pin/Hold Down Technique or making them submit using Japanese Jujitsu (Judo) Strangles and Joint Locks. Most people do not know that Brazilian Jujitsu or BJJ came from the Gracie Family studying Judo. 

In a lot of Conflict Situations on the Streets, Beaches, at Work, when at Home or during Competition Fighting (anywhere really), the fight goes to the ground so it is essential to ensure a 50/50 mix of Take Down and Ground Work Techniques are practiced regularly to be properly prepared in case your unfortunate to be caught up in a bad situation unexpectedly. It is also strongly advised to attend the Throwing and Self Defence Classes at Rakuen Martial Arts to be prepared and aware of people who may lash out with punches and kicks, called Atemi Waza (Striking Techniques) in Japanese Jujitsu (Judo).



Being good on your feet during a conflict situation can end a Conflict Situation or Competition Fight instantly without having to take the risk of a rumble on the ground where you are very vulnerable, especially in a real life situation with an attackers friend coming to their aid with kicks to your head or weapon attacks. 

The Japanese Samurai would often badly injure their attacker or worse making them unable to continue fighting using a perfectly executed throw with the correctly measured  intent. Control during execution of throwing someone is essential, and when competent you can go soft or as hard as need be to ensure your safety and that of your attacker/opponent. In Judo Competitions throwing an Opponent hard and fast on their back is rewarded with an Ippon Score (Full Point) ending the fight immediately to represent an instant win, or Samuari Victory in battle. 

Before Learning your fist throw, every Student must learn the art of falling and rolling safely. At Rakuen Martial Arts we also use crash mats which are very forgiving to beginners still trying to reach competence in Ukemi (the art of falling the art of falling safely), so there are no injuries and to keep the classes fun and enjoyable. As Students gain confidence and more experience they can be thrown on the Olympic Games Standard - Foam (Tatami) Mats and they will eventually gain confidence falling to the ground in every day accident situations such as falling back off a Chair, off a Skateboard or Motorbike and much more, that would send an untrained person to Hospital with broken bones or worse.

Once adequate training and progress has been made by Students in this Class they are introduced to Randori (Free style throwing practice) with a training partner and this is where the fun really jumps up to awesome, as it is relative to Human/Kinetic Chess, a game of strategy. This is done under the strict supervision of a qualified instructor to offer help and guidance.




These Mixed Judo Classes are open to all ages and are great for individual’s young and old including families that are after a fun bonding activity they can all take part in together at the same time. These classes cover all the forms of Judo from beginners to advanced students and are tailored to suit individual participants attending each week.


Judo Kata is an exercise and presentation of art of Judo that can be practiced softly, and is also the most accurate method of training for beginners and advanced students.

The four different Kata Classes taught at Rakuen Martial Arts are:

  1. Nage no Kata (Fifteen difference throws): Learn how to throw others to the mat with precision and timing by attending these classes on *Monday nights between 6-7pm
  2. Katame no Kata (Fifteen difference groundwork techniques): Learn how to apply pins, strangles and arm bars with precision. Also in this class students learn how to counter someone’s attacks. *Wednesday nights between 6-7pm.
  3. Goshin Jitsu (Twenty one defences) Learn to defend yourself confidently against various street attack scenarios such as being attacked from a distance, whilst being held or being attacked with a weapon. *Tuesday nights between 7-8pm.
  4. Atemi Waza Kata (Twenty eight striking techniques) The “Seiroku Zunyo Kokumin Taiiku” Kata practised for 15-20 minutes, and then the timer buzzes to start working out on the Fun Boot Camp Style Circuit with various exercise equipment to energising music (good for all fitness levels). Finishing off the night’s session with a quick run through of the striking and stretching exercises again. *Thursday nights between 7-8pm


Rakuen Judo Academy is a Member of the Judo Federation of Australia (Qld), which means Rakuen Martial Arts Students who have graded to Yellow Belt or above are able to participate in Local Competitions and later National and International Tournaments if wishing to do so. Local Judo Competitions are normally held in Brisbane every 4-8 weeks as well as Country Locations from time to time including the Gold Coast.