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    Youth (4 to 7 years old)

  • Tuesdays 5:30PM - 6:30PM JUDO
  • Thursdays 5:30PM - 6:30PM JUDO

    Youth (8 to 12 years old)

  • Mondays 5:30PM - 6:30PM JUDO

  • Thursdays 6:45PM - 8:00PM JUDO

  • Saturdays 12:15PM - 1:00PM Open Mat / Competition Preparation


  • Mondays: 7:00PM - 8:30PM JUDO
  • Wednesdays: 6:00PM - 7:30PM BJJ
  • Fridays: 6:00PM - 7:30PM BJJ
  • Fridays 7:30PM - 9:00PM JUDO
  • Saturdays 11:00AM - 12:15PM (JUDO Beginner Program)
  • 1st Saturday of each month 10:00AM - 11:00AM
    Sensei Jim Harrison's Kata Class
  • Saturdays 12:00PM - 1:00PM - Open Mat (All members welcome)

JUDO - A Brief Explanation

Judo, is a Japanese Martial Art that was founded in 1882 by Dr. Jigoro Kano. It teaches effective self-defense by using the momentum of an opponent's attack to your advantage.

Practicing Judo is a great way to build confidence, improve mental sharpness, and increase physical stamina. It is also an Olympic sport.

During training or when competing students are required to wear a distinct uniform, known as a judogi.

of Toshi Dojo
Sensei Eberhard Kieslich (Left) | Sensei Eric Kieslich (Right)

Sensei Eberhard "Eb" Kieslich

...started judo in Germany 49 years ago. He has invested heavily in developing a high skill level by learning from the best in the world and participating in as many events as possible. Early on he learned from Sensei Isao Okano and Sensei Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki, among many other great teachers.

In his 20s he was on the national roster in Germany and competed in numerous international events. He earned the rank of Rokudan (6th Degree Black Belt) in 2003.

At present, he is the head instructor of Toshi Dojo of Brandenburg, one of the premier schools of judo in the Midwest. He possesses profound knowledge of the technique of judo. He is recognized for his successful methods of teaching judo, and is sought after as a clinician, both nationally and internationally.

Major Tournament Success

  • 2-time Bavarian Champion 1985, 1989
  • German Open Gold 1982
  • U.S. Nationals Gold 1995, 1998
  • World Masterathlete Silver 1999

  • Certifications

  • Nage-No-Kata Level A
  • Katame-No-Kata Level A
  • Goshin-Jitsu-No-Kata Level B
  • USA Judo National Coach

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    Sensei Eric Kieslich

    ...began practicing judo at the age of 5 in 1991. During the early 90's, few clubs in the Louisville area offered youth classes which meant most of his early training was with adult partners. A year or so later he had earned his first promotion and had competed in his first tournament. Though his first competition did not yield a medal, it did however, reveal the purpose behind all of the hours spent training.

    Each tournament thereafter provided valuable experience and hinted as to where improvements needed to be made. By the time he was a teenager, he had won the 'Kentucky State Championship' 4 times as well as many other titles at other local events. At the age of 17, he placed 2nd in the 'Junior National Championships'and 4th place in the 'Junior Olympics'.

    Although he is now an instructor for Toshi's youth and adult beginner's programs, Sensei Eric Kieslich remains a highly regarded Judo competitor and actively competes to this day.


    Sensei Monika Kieslich


    Sensei Monika Kieslich is a highly experienced and esteemed Judo practitioner and instructor. She has dedicated a large part of her life to practicing the art of Judo since her teenage years. As a female Judoka, her passion and commitment to the sport have made her an exceptional Sensei at Toshi Dojo since its Brandenburg club launched in 1998.

    Sensei Monika's patient and supportive demeanor has allowed her to flourish as an instructor, particularly with children and beginners, imparting not only her extensive Judo knowledge but also instilling a sense of discipline among her students. Her unwavering reliability, dedication, and enthusiasm make her an invaluable asset to the club and a guiding light to all those who seek to learn and grow in the world of Judo.


    Sensei Jim Harrison


    Sensei Jim Harrison (4th dan), is a highly dedicated and esteemed member of our judo club. He has been a pillar of Toshi Dojo for many years. With a wealth of experience and an unwavering commitment to the art of judo, Sensei Harrison has proven to be an indispensable asset to our dojo. Known for his reliability, Sensei Jim has been a regularly-attending member of Toshi Dojo since the club's early days at the Louisville Downtown Athletic Club, well before the Brandenburg dojo opened it's doors in 1998.

    Sensei Harrison's expertise in kata is truly remarkable. His ability to seamlessly recall from memory and execute each movement with precision and grace is a testament to his mastery of this fundamental aspect of judo. Moreover, his demonstrations of complex hip throws such as his signature Harai Goshi demonstrate his profound knowledge of Kuzushi, Tsukuri, and Kake (Off-balancing, Fitting into position, and execution of the throw).

    Sensei Harrison embodies the true spirit of judo. His demeanor is always respectful and humble, and his patience and willingness to guide his students is unmatched. It is through his guidance and mentorship that many judoka within our club have not only improved their skills, but also developed a deep appreciation for the values and principles that judo instills. These traits make him a revered and esteemed sensei at Toshi Dojo and many students at the club remain eager to train under his instruction.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. Where can I obtain a Judo Gi(Uniform)?

    2. After signing up, we should be able to provide an affordable, correctly sized Judo Gi at our Dojo, in most cases we will even have it on hand.

    3. Is Judo like Karate or Tae Kwon Do?

    4. While Judo, Karate, and Tae Kwon Do are all considered martial arts, Judo does not involve striking but instead is a full contact sport based mostly on grappling. It is more comparable to wrestling.

    5. What's the difference between Judo and Jiu Jitsu

    6. Judo and Jiu Jitsu are truly very similar, in fact, both Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu stem from the original Japanese Jiu Jitsu. The difference mainly comes down to how the points are scored in competition.

    7. Where can I find out about class cancellations and other updates?

    8. For the latest up to date news (such as cancellations), please visit our facebook page, the link is at the top right of this site.