Hello, we are the WWU Judo Club! Beginning from back in the 1980s the Judo club started as a place for students of all backgrounds to come together and learn the sport of Judo. While helping students learn valuable self-defense skills it is also an awesome form of exercise that allows students to keep not only their minds sharp but their bodies as well. At points in our clubs history we have had more than 30 people on the mat at one time, hosted tournaments, and had players compete at a national level.
However, in 2015 the club struggled to maintain its status on campus due to the renovation of Carver Gymnasium and became discontinued as a club. Last year in 2018 there was a push by a student leader on campus to reinvigorate the judo club after another Western student made it down to the YMCA for practice at the Whatcom Judo Dojo. After jumping through many hoops, online paperwork, emails, and moving of mats the club was able to once again reach new heights. This spring quarter we have been able to host practice regularly and our attendance has grown to average 15 or more students a night.
As the 2020 Tokyo Olympics nears and Olympic Judo returns to where it began the WWU Judo club is hoping to spread the joy, practice, and camaraderie that a sport like Judo can bring to a community.
Your donations will go directly to sponsoring students' tournament fees, travel, team gear, hopefully help us one day get a mat room on campus, and maybe even travel to Japan! We appreciate your help in any way possible whether that is spreading the word on social media, by word of mouth, or just letting your community know that we exist.