Arizona Freestyle Judo’s mission is to promote developmental grassroots Judo in Arizona and the Southwest Region. Our goal is to get more people doing Judo, develop their skills, facilitate fun and friendly competition.

Freestyle Judo

There is only one Judo, and that is the Kodokan Judo of Jigoro Kano. Judo is more than simply a sporting event; rather, it is a complete martial art that has adapted over the years to various fighting styles and techniques. Kodokan Judo includes techniques from wrestling, sambo, and of course modern jujitsu. However, over the past two decades many of these fighting styles were discouraged, and eventually penalized, in tournament Judo for reasons cited as “better television viewing”. Unfortunately, the resulting rule changes resembled Greco-Roman wrestling in a kimono, all the while professional Mixed Martial Arts grappling gained in television popularity.

Freestyle Judo brings back the “Golden Age” of Judo competition by embracing the fighting styles of wrestling, sambo, and modern jujitsu. Competitors who specialize in standing techniques can throw for ippon. Wrestlers who prefer lower body attacks can shoot for the legs. Grapplers who specialize in submissions have the time and flexibility to fight on the ground. All of these styles are good Judo.

A judo coach observing a Freestyle Judo match for his first time remarked; “That looks just like judo.” The answer was; “That’s because it is judo. It’s just judo the way it ought to be done.” Good judo is good judo and the rules of Freestyle Judo allow judo athletes to use all the skills of judo during a match.

Freestyle Judo encourages participation from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestlers, and Mixed Martial Arts enthusiasts by providing an open-ended competition format.

For more information on Freestyle Judo, please visit the National Freestyle Judo webpage.

International Freestyle Judo Alliance

The International Freestyle Judo Alliance (IFJA) is an alliance of international martial arts and sports organizations, yudanshakai, and independent clubs that are actively supporting and promoting Freestyle Judo around the world.

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A.A.U. Judo

The Amateur Athletic Union (A.A.U.) Judo is the first and oldest  Judo sport governing body in the United States. It is also the body that sanctions all Freestyle Judo events.

The A.A.U. conducts the best amateur sporting events, has the best sports in insurance anywhere and its membership fees are the most competitive of all the sport governing bodies.

Please visit the A.A.U. Judo website for more information and how to join.

Contact Us If:

  • You’re interested learning this Amazing Martial Art
  • You’re interested in hosting a Freestyle Judo event such as a scrimmage or seminar at your Martial Art school
  • You would be interested in adding a Judo program to your existing Martial Art school
  • We can help!

About Freestyle


“Freestyle” has no style. Innovation and evolution emerge when any martial art is pitted against another and forced to adapt to its disadvantages against another form. That is the essence of true freestyle judo.

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    Phone:       602-571-8282
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