MAIN LINE JUDO
A SPORT YOU CAN FALL FOR
We Are Tom Blair and Joe Chiu
Coming to Judo from different backgrounds in the US and Macau we offer a unique perspective on the universal possibilities of Judo as envisioned by Dr Kano, the creator of Judo and Japan’s Minister of Education.
Tom is a 6th degree black belt who has been teaching on the Main Line and at local colleges for over 30 years, having had the good fortune of being taught Judo by Ishikawa Sensei, a 9th degree Kodokan black belt, 5 times All Japan, and a legend in Judo worldwide
Joe, 5th dan, a very proficient and accomplished competitor Joe has taught Judo for over 20 years and is the lead instructor at the University of Pennsylvania
Our University Partners
At MLJ we are passionate about Dr Kanos’s belief that Judo and Education are mutually supportive endeavors. That is why we are proud of our presence in the Judo clubs at so many of our wonderful local institutions of the University of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr College, St Josephs University, Haverford College, West Chester University, Drexel University, Swarthmore College, and soon our latest, Ursinus College. Displayed below is a sampling of the logos from the college clubs we support.
“Senseis’ Tom and Joe have in-depth knowledge of Judo, and more importantly, they’re all exceptionally skilled teachers. Main Line Judo has been amazing for our two girls. We chose Judo because it is highly recommended especially for women. The classes are very empowering and the teachers take a sincere interest in their students and encourage them to perform to the best of their abilities. As a mom, it gives me peace of mind.”
“MLJ is a great place for women, men and children of all ages, skill levels and aspirations. The friendly and supportive atmosphere that Tom has created also features a superb level of instruction, very much on par with the quality of teaching I experienced at my former dojo in Tokyo. Judo is a wonderful way to add a new dimension to anyone’s exercise program.”
Jorge A. Leon
“Training with Sensei Tom since my youth has had a great impact on my personal and athletic growth. Sensei Tom is an outstanding technician and truly embodies the principles of Judo. Whether trying to get in shape or become a competitive athlete, Main Line Judo creates an environment that allows every level judoka to benefit. I can not recommend Main Line Judo enough to anyone interested in trying out a new hobby or trying to take their Judo to the next level with Tom and Joe”
“As a federal agent, mental and physical preparedness are critically important to my work. My time at Main Line Judo has translated into a real-world advantage for me. No other aspect of my training regimen has done as much for my mind and body as Judo has.”