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Judo Club North York - Budokai Judo Club1110-5 Finch Avenue West
North York, Ontario
Contact: Rick Koglin & Ray Litvak
Hours of Operation
|Mon:||6:30 pm - 9:15 pm|
|Wed:||6:30 pm - 9:15 pm|
|Sat:||1:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.|
Tatami Judo Mats, Showers, Change Rooms, Parking
Members of Judo Ontario, Judo Canada, International Judo Federation, Kodokan Institute of Japan
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About our Club
Budokai Judo Club in North York
Serving residents of North York and the Greater Toronto Area, Budokai Judo Club specializes in teaching Kodokan (traditional) style judo, with an emphasis on proper judo technique and style.
The club features top judo instructors Rick Koglin (4th degree black belt in judo) and Ray Litvak (3rd degree black belt in judo). Judo classes are available for both beginner and advanced students; children, adults and families; recreational and competitive judoka alike. While our focus is primarily on kids’ judo classes, students of all ages are welcome.
The Budokai Judo Club Difference
The experience and level of judo instruction is what separates Budokai Judo Club from other judo schools. The club is led by Sensei’s Rick Koglin and Ray Litvak who have over 70 years of combined judo study, competition and instruction under their belts. Rick and Ray bring an unparalleled level of understanding and patience to each and every class. Students learn under the watchful eye of both judo instructors; learning and progressing at their own pace.
Meet Koglin Sensei
Koglin Sensei is a fourth degree black belt registered with Judo Canada and the Kodokan Judo Institute, Japan. He has been practicing judo since 1976, and in his youth competed at the national level for seven years with several National and Provincial titles to his credit.
He was very fortunate to begin his practice of judo under the guidance of Sensei Chris Toule of the original Budokai Judo Club. Sensei Toule emphasized excellent technique and was a truly gifted teacher and soon Rick – still a teenager – was assisting him in his club and many community judo programs. A love of teaching judo was fostered and flourished into many years of teaching. Besides Budokai Judo Club, Koglin Sensei currently leads programs at North Hill Private Schools, Associated Hebrew Schools, and for Native Child and Family Services Toronto. He has previously instructed for North York Parks and Recreation, Yamanaka Budo Life Centre, The University of Toronto Judo Club, the North York YMCA, the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, the Crescent Boys Academy and the Centre for Martial Arts – Richmond Hill.
Off the mat, Koglin Sensei enjoys writing reviews of judo books and dvds, and has used these skills previously to edit and produce the Toraki Judo Times, the Judo Ontario Newsletter, a Standardized Judo Curriculum for Public and Private Schools in Ontario, and a promotional video for Judo Ontario. He has also served on the Junior Development and Aboriginal Development Committees for Judo Ontario.
Recently, he has become a certified yoga teacher, and enjoys bringing the knowledge of proper body alignment and meditation to complement his judo teaching.
He sees learning judo as both a path for physical development and an opportunity to develop a well grounded, enlightened character.
Meet Litvak Sensei
Litvak Sensei is a 3rd degree black belt registered with Judo Canada and the Kodokan Judo Institute of Japan. He is a student, a teacher and a seasoned competitor. He won the AMCANS in 1989, he represented Canada in the 1989 Maccabiah games and has competed in many other tournaments throughout North America.
Ray began practicing judo in 1979 and since then he has participated in many competitions at the regional, provincial and international level. Like Rick, Ray has also had the privilege of training and mentoring with Sensei Toule. After competing for many years, Ray turned to teaching so he could share his knowledge and passion for judo with others.
Ray’s philosophy is strongly steeped in judo. It was because of Judo that he has overcome many challenges in his day-to-day life. Ray feels strongly committed to giving back to the sport that has given him so much. While he enjoys the physical benefits of judo, he also believes it is a potent form of self-defense and a great aid in building character, confidence and courage. His experience and passion have made him a friendly and patient instructor to his pupils.
Ray acquired his experience through his role as a judo instructor at North York Parks & Recreation, where he also acted as program director for two years at the North York Parks & Recreation Martial Arts Camp. Ray has also held esteemed teaching positions in the judo community, including head judo instructor at the North York YMCA, Judo instructor at Grant Brothers Mixed Martial Arts and Judo Club and as a teacher at many schools and community centers through the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
Ray’s students have gone on to reach their black belt level and have achieved great success in provincial, national and international competitions.
If you can’t find Ray in the club teaching judo or at a competition, you can likely track him down at the Martial Arts Club Directory, which he owns and manages. He is also the owner and head writer of Writing Web Words Inc. in Toronto, Ontario.
If you’re looking for Judo classes in Toronto or North York, give us a call. Try a free week of judo classes and you’ll see what we’re talking about. Call 416-712-6751 today or e-mail us to learn more.
Judo Club and Classes for residents of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) including North York, Toronto, Vaughan, Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Ontario.