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The Business of Judo, Part Three

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“The Business of Judo” Part Three

On Sunday, May 23rd, at 1 PM – 3 PM (Pacific), Grace Talusan, member of the USJF Executive Committee and owner of Kokushi Midwest Judo in Champaign, Illinois will present the third installment of “The Business of Judo” that focuses on the steps to opening a new judo club or reopening an established club in the post-pandemic era.

Grace Talusan

Grace Talusan, USJF 3rd Dan

In the past two sessions, we’ve looked at the initial steps of opening a brand-new club (EIN, incorporation, credentials), as well as writing a business plan, dojo management software, SEO websites and putting a price tag on judo (reminder: your expertise isn’t cheap).

This next session will focus on building out your dojo, looking over your lease, complying with local ordinances, the necessary equipment needed for judo and going through the checklist of what you need to operate a business. You need more than mats, a judogi and a pair of flip flops.

Grace’s practical experience with managing the bumps in the road in creating her own successful judo club will be an invaluable guide as you plan your own path to successful judo club ownership.

Did you know…

image of book cover, Judo Memoirs of Jigoro Kano by Brian Watson

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From the book, Judo Memoirs of Jigoro Kano by Brian Watson

In recent years, instead of referring to my art by the official name of Kodokan Judo, most people now simply refer to it as judo. However, the term Kodokan judo is special in that it has wide application and deep significance. The Institute that I name Kodokan is, therefore, the place where the art of judo is taught. If I had merely wish to teach martial art, I would have perhaps name my dojo Renbukan (institute for martial arts practice). The chief reason that I chose the name Kodokan was that the “do” of judo is the fundamental ‘path’ of life to which the skills are applied.