Judo is a physically demanding activity that requires a great deal of cooperative work. By its very nature it builds confidence in the body and in relationships given the emphasis on self-control, respect and care for the partner. We provide a fun program that uses games, drills and exercises to develop our youngsters Agility, Balance, Coordination and Confidence. As their skills and fitness progress, we move them forward through our grading syllabus. Feedback from parents has told us that the children seem to improve their ability to concentrate and focus not only on the mat but in other aspects of their lives. The quick pace of the junior classes and focus on positive reinforcement brings out the best in students. Judo is more than a just another Martial Art or Sport, the lessons learned are transferable to situations away from the Gym (Dojo) and we often use elements of Judo as a metaphor for bigger life lessons. The benefits of judo for children include fitness, flexibility, co-ordination, self confidence and discipline. In addition, as kids judo includes no kicking and no punching, it is also very popular with parents! Children can start judo from as young as four (4 years old) and it is suitable for both boys and girls. At Rakuen Martial Arts on the Gold Coast, our Kids Martial Art and Fitness Activity Classes focus on having fun and centre on games and activities which build Judo Skills.


  • Fun games orientated learning to stimulate childerens imagination and encourage fun engagement
  • Kids Judo is unique in teaching skills of falling without injury thus reducing the likelihood of injury in other sports.
  • Self-control and respect for the rules and for others are integral to Judo and are fostered through partner and team activity.
  • Children who are overweight or obese can achieve and gain physical and emotional benefits from their participation in Judo.
  • Judo is an effective and realistic self defense method.
  • Judo is based on standing, grappling and gymnastic movements and not kicking and punching.


Start them young and you will be glad you did, and so will they one day sooner than you may imagine. Children with attention, confidence, respect and self control issues will all gradually improve. This Class taps into a Childs imagination by teaching them using fun games and activities that are a belly laughs and excitement to all evolved, and fun for them to participate in whilst learning real life and judo skills. 

During these classes Children will improve their motor and co ordination skills, and within months be noticeably ahead of most other kids their age in balance, respect, discipline and focus that don’t attend our style of classes. Some things that are taught include falling and rolling safely, throws and pins /hold down techniques.


As Children Mature they are able to cope and enjoy longer training sessions than the younger Kids Classes without it being overwhelming, and they also develop the ability to follow more complicated instructions, so we have decided that a six years and over class would be appropriate. 

This Class also taps into a Childs imagination by teaching them more advanced fun games and activities that are a fun, engaging and exciting to all evolved, being fun for them to participate in whilst learning real life and judo self defence and sporting skills.

During these classes Children will improve more advanced motor and co ordination skills, and within months be noticeably ahead of most other kids their age in balance, respect, discipline and focus that don’t attend our style of classes. Some things that are taught include falling and rolling safely, throws and pins /hold down techniques.

Depending of the individual, Childs maturity level and abilities, they will also be slowly introduced to some of the techniques taught in the Adults Classes that involve strangles and joint locks. However, it is important not to introduce these too soon (very common in Judo) as the childrens bodies are still developing and we always put a Childs safety and well-being ahead of all else regardless of how keen they may be.


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 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 CLASSES  (Must be Yellow Belt or higher to attend)

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 Martial Arts 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.