North Raleigh Judo Club

Sensei Rob Olevsky, 4th Degree Black Belt in Judo, is the chief instructor of the Judo program at Karate International of Raleigh.  Mr. Olevsky took over instruction for the club from it's previous instructor Bill Dearing, 5th degree Black Belt, when Mr. Dearing moved to California.  Mr Olevsky expects the club to continue to grow and impact judo in the Raleigh, Triangle area in a positive manor.  The North Raleigh Judo Club is a USJA Judo Club and Mr. Olevsky is currently at 4th Degree Black Belt with USJA.  He is also one of only two USJA Certified Rank Examiners in North Carolina.

How do I get started?

Most new Judo students start by coming in to try our introductory program to give Judo a try. We have a short introductory program that allows you to try out three classes before you make any decisions. If you are new to Judo and the martial arts in general, you can pay $29.50 and take the three classes and get a new "student uniform". Judo classes for beginner are offered three days per week.  Most new students choose to attend twice a week.  We allow you to select the days that work for you and even vary those days week to week to help you with a flexible schedule.  We like to do a short orientation before the class, and fit new students for their uniforms. So, the first time you come, we set an appointment for 30 minutes prior to the class times.  Our orientations are available on Monday and Wednesday evenings as well as Saturday mornings.

Click here to set your first appointment or to request more information. Be sure to put Judo in the Comments.

Who is best suited to Judo?

At Karate International, we have several different art forms.  Judo is best suited to adults and students who have had previous martial arts who are looking for more grappling, throwing and sweeping instruction.  We do have some children in the program, but most of these children have already reached the level of Black Belt in Karate and are cross training in Judo. 

Does Karate International have facilities for changing clothes?

We have nice locker rooms with plenty of room to change clothes and get ready for class.

What can I expect from the beginner level classes?
Beginner students will participate in some simple falling instruction and learning to some of the very basics of judo technique. Some drill type work will be offered to you in the first class, along with a bit of watching. Their skill level will be determined in the first class and instruction will be based on that skill level.

Is there anything in particular I need to bring for my first time?
Since the introductory program includes a "student uniform", most new students do not need to bring anything with them. If you have additional workout supplies, there will be a place in our locker room where you can leave a gymbag.

What supplies will I need for taking Judo classes?
Judo does not require any additional supplies at the beginning level. Some people who have had Judo before, know the benefits of a Judo/grappling uniform, for all the tugging and pulling. If you have a previous martial arts uniform, feel free to wear it. If you have a grappling uniform already, you can try a class with us for free. If you'd like a Judo/grappling uniform rather than the student uniform, you can purchase an introductory program for $59.50, which includes 3 classes and a single weave Judo uniform. The Judo grappling uniforms range in price from $59.50 to $85.00 depending on what type you choose.

Please let us know if we can help you get started in classes.  You can reach us by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 919-876-8898.