The B1 Chicago Tenri Judo Program prides itself on teaching and practicing traditional Judo principles as taught at the Kodokan in Japan. Judo, which translates to the "Gentle Way", can sometimes be anything but GENTLE. Judo competition is as “rough” as any contact sport can be. But it can also be the gentlest activity you could ever do, and one of the safest contact sports around. Judo practice, by its very nature, can be exhausting, some say grueling to attain perfection, but it can also be esthetically beautiful when a technique is performed to that perfection. Can Judo be both gentle and rough? Yes and yes which makes Judo a sport for all ages, for men and women, for the competitor or someone just wanting a little exercise, for the intense or the relaxed, or for someone looking for just a little discipline in their life.


Lead Instructor: Sensei Anna Marie Graham - 2nd Dan Black Belt

Program Mentor: Sensei Dave Moeller - 4th Dan Black Belt

Assistant Instructor: Professor Bruce Guevara - Judo Brown Belt


All Yudansha, students and parents/spectators must follow these rules and regulations.  Discipline is the most important part of learning Judo and will be enforced by all instructors.  This Dojo strives to build and teach good moral character, build self-confidence, a good healthy body and mind and a good competitive spirit.  To do this, we must follow these rules:

  1. Be punctual – be on time.

  2. Bow-in when entering the Dojo and bow-out when leaving the Dojo.

  3. Everyone must assist when setting up or taking down the mat.

  4. Always practice common courtesies such as extending the proper greetings(hello,  good evening, good-night, etc. to instructors, parents and friends.

  5. Always be courteous to all instructors by addressing them as Mr/Mrs/Ms___________ or as Sensei.  For students, adults should be addressed as Mr/Mrs/Ms____________.

  6. Be neat and clean at all times.

  7. A good judoka will always carry his/her own judogi as well as take care of it and make sure it is always clean and in good conditions.  “Air out” your judogi after each practice.

  8. Fingernails and toenails must be cut short at all times.  This will prevent injury to others and yourself.  Hair should be clean and neat.

  9. Rings, jewelry, or other accessories is never to be worn on the mat.

  10. Judogi’s are to be carried to the Dojo in a gym bag or properly wrapped.  Slippers must be worn when off the mat.  They should be arranged neatly along the side of the mat.  Wearing shoes or gym shoes is not acceptable.

  11. No unnecessary talking while on the mat.  Everyone will take part in all aspects of the practice.

  12. Judokas must pay strict attention to instructors.

  13. You must ask permission to enter the mat or get off the mat area.

  14. All lessons are group lessons.  No private lessons are given.

  15. There should be no conversing between parents and students while on the mat.

  16. Positively no playing on the mat.  Practicing falls before class begins is acceptable.

  17. No fooling around in the changing area.

  18. Students are to keep the changing area and washrooms neat and clean.

  19. Members of this Dojo are the only people allowed in to the changing areas.

  20. Report any injuries to the instructors immediately.

  21. No eating or drinking in the Dojo by students or parents/spectators except at designated events.  No gum chewing is allowed at anytime.

  22. Students must get permission to enter tournaments.

  23. Students should have at least one instructor accompany them to any tournament.  Since this is not always possible, arrangements can and must be made in advance.