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Zen Budokai
Stanford Jujitsu Club

This page contains quick practical information about the Stanford Jujitsu Club. See the FAQ, People, History, and Mailing Lists subsections for more information.


The Club's primary focus is on the Stanford community. Most of our members are graduate and undergraduate students, but we highly encourage Stanford faculty, post-docs, staff, alumni, and their spouses to participate. No previous experience in jujitsu or other martial arts is required. However, the common traits found in all our senior members are the desire to train hard and attend class regularly (2-3 times per week).


Class is held in the wrestling room (010) in the basement of the Arrillaga Family Sports Center (map), not to be confused with the two other buildings on campus (and confusingly located very nearby) with "Arrillaga" in their name: the Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation and the Frances Arrillaga Alumni Center. The wrestling room has a soft mat that helps with falling and groundwork.


Open class is Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30-9:30pm and advanced class (yellow belts and higher) is Monday also from 7:30-9:30pm. New students can therefore train twice a week until they are invited to attend the advanced class, in which case students can get up to 6 hours of training per week. We usually meet during midterm breaks and finals periods, but classes are often canceled for holidays.

What is taught

We study a type of jujitsu called Zen Budokai. It is an eclectic style designed for self-defense and includes throws, striking, groundwork, joint locks and breaks, and police control techniques. You can get a brief idea of its origins by examining the following picture. For more information, you can read our detailed curriculum, or read the information in our Zen Budokai section.

Principal Genealogy of the Stanford Jujitsu Club

Who teaches

Jim Moses is our head instructor with over 45 years of experience and the rank of 9th dan in Zen Budokai Jujitsu. In addition, Jim holds the rank of 4th dan in Shotokan karate. Jim received his martial arts training from the founder of Zen Budokai Jujitsu, Duke Moore. Jim is a licensed pyschologist in the state of California and specializes in neuropyschology. He holds several professional positions: Professor of Pyschology at the Pacific Graduate School of Pyschology in Palo Alto, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford's School of Medicine, and Section Chief of the Neuropyschology Programs in the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Jim instructs 1-2 times per week, but there are usually several black or brown belts on-hand for each class who also spend a significant amount of time teaching. In general, all belts above white spend time teaching and working with lower ranking belts, so all members (except white belts) are both students and teachers.

What to wear

You can come in with a t-shirt and shorts or anything else that isn't too restrictive or hot and that you wouldn't mind getting grabbed a bit. Eventually you should get a gi (training uniform) specifically designed for jujitsu or judo.

How much

We have a graduated fee structure:
Stanford Student$60/quarter
Stanford-Affiliated Non-Student*$100/quarter
Spouse of Stanford-Affiliated$200/quarter
*Faculty, post-doc, staff, and alumni.

All fees are per quarter. A quarter is approximately 10 weeks of classes. Checks should be made out to the "Stanford Jujitsu Club". For those who plan on attaing rank, a gi is required. They usually run about $45. Note that the Club does not charge fees for testing nor for new belts when you advance in rank.

More information

For more information on the structure and dynamics of the class, check out the White Belt Handout. If you have basic questions about martial arts in general, see our FAQ. If you want to know in concrete terms what a class is like, the best idea is probably to sit in on one. Finally, feel free to email the Club's officers.

Page updated: 20 Sep 2012
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