General Questions

What is your schedule?

We have classes Monday through Saturday. See our schedule page for details.

How much does it cost?

We want you to love your training at Lehi Judo Club. That is why we give you a one week free trial!

We now have a new payment structure that makes it even more beneficial and affordable for every student! The costs are now tiered according to how many classes a week you would like to train:

1-2 Classes a week: $70/month
Unlimited classes: $90 /month

So basically you can train in any martial art style we offer and not have to pay any extra for adding another style! We also want to help you fit your own schedule. You can mix and match to your heart’s delight. And of course, unlimited classes allows you to show up to as many classes you want for still a low price.

We also offer family discounts! Our prices are extremely competitive and we don’t have any ridiculous contracts. Call (801)592-7318, email us or stop by during class hours and we’ll be happy to discuss pricing with you.

Can you explain what your different styles are?

Simply put, judo teaches you how to take your opponent to the ground and control them. Brazilian jiu jitsu teaches you how to control and submit your opponent on the ground. Kyukido has a lot of striking (similar to tae kwon do and karate) but mixes in judo, Brazilian jiu jitsu, muay Thai kick boxing, along with traditional weapons and hapkido. Kyukido is an excellent all around or mixed martial art.

How long does it take to get a black belt?

To be blunt, our school is not interested in turning out a bunch of mediocre black belts for monetary gain. That is a disservice to the student (and parents) and a false sense of accomplishment. Our students earn each belt and how long it takes mainly relies on how hard each individual student works. When a student is largely focused on just getting a certain belt, we feel the emphasis is misplaced. That type of thinking is what causes many students to stop training either because they feel they aren’t advancing fast enough or because they achieved black belt status and have finished their training in that style (black belt is just the starting point for advanced training). We want to help you improve as an individual and we are here for the long journey. We strive to strike a balance between being too strict or too lenient. It’s not just the amount of time you train but the level of quality that makes you a great martial artist.

We welcome questions on how long a particular style takes to earn a black belt but it is considered disrespectful for a student to ask an instructor if they can test. We take the time to know our students and when we feel they are ready, we will invite them to test. For testing requirements, visit our testing page.

Our best advice is to train regularly, learn as much as you can and the belts will naturally follow.

Will I have to compete?

Competing in tournaments is not required but definitely encouraged. Competing makes you into a better martial artist and allows you to put into practice what you have been learning (and it’s rewarding to oftentimes get a medal). All of our instructors have competed either on local or national level and we train our students with the same seriousness. Although, when tournaments come up, we leave that choice up to the student and/or their parents.

What sort of atmosphere does your school have?

You will find that our school has a very nice vibe for both kids and adults, male or female. We honestly don’t have anyone here that likes to bully or has something to prove. Our students are friendly and team atmosphere is part of what makes Lehi Judo Club a great place to train. On the same note, we are definitely not a cushy babysitting service masquerading as a martial arts school. Our instructors know their business and we train seriously. Every class is challenging, but also fun.

Does your program teach self-discipline?

Absolutely! Our primary goal is improving the strength and character of each individual participant. This is done through physical training, honing technique and learning control of one’s body and mind. Everyone has the potential to improve physically and mentally. Each student’s progress is a measurement of his or her individual growth, and as team members we lend each other support and encouragement.

Do you teach karate?

Yes! Please visit the Karate program page.

Is learning a martial art hard?

Anything that is new can be hard. Many students say that walking through the front door is the hardest part, but once they start training, they feel the camaraderie that is inherent in our club. Students and instructors help you set and achieve goals. A sense of self-achievement and confidence is a natural result as your skills continue to improve.

Am I too old to start training?

Martial arts are unique in that you go at your own pace for your age and body style. It’s a life long personal journey, not a race. Everyone can benefit from training. We recommend that adults get a doctor exam before starting any exercise program. Individuals with medical conditions consult with a physician before beginning any new physical activities.

Can someone lose weight with your programs?

Yes, absolutely! With our program you learn to help you control your weight the healthy way. We promote a lifestyle of fitness that incorporates exercise, flexibility, nutrition, and good habits with a lot of support from instructors and fellow students.

Do I have to spar against other students?

We pride ourselves on offering excellent sparring instruction in a safe environment. Safety is rule number one and we train that way. All of our programs include controlled sparring. Sparring is different in each style. Judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu are more grappling-oriented and sparring centers on throwing and submissions (age appropriate). In Kyuki-do, students are instructed in the target zones for point sparring and use controlled techniques while wearing protective gear. Students are closely supervised by instructors and advanced ranks. Students typically spar within their own rank and size. Instructors take care to see that emotions are controlled and students are allowed to rest when necessary.

Will I get hurt?

Injuries are rare and are usually limited to minor bumps, bruises and abrasions. In fact, according to a recent study done by NAPMA (National Association of Professional Martial Artists), injuries in the martial arts occur less frequently than most other sports such as basketball, soccer, and even fitness training. Martial arts is a contact sport. As with any contact sport, the student assumes a certain risk of injury. This risk can be minimized by listening to the instructors and adhering to the rules of the school. If you have concerns, we suggest you stop by one of our classes to observe the instruction and speak with our instructors.

Do I need any previous experience?

We do not require any martial arts experience to start training. The most helpful thing is to come with an attitude that is eager to learn and grow. We will help you improve at the level you start. We ask that you be patience with yourself as you train your body to do new things. We are a team and our instructors and students will assist you in improvement over time.

At what age can I start my child?

It largely depends on the maturity level of your child. We have started children in our programs as young as four years old while other children may not be ready by that age. This is another reason we offer a free trial to see if your child is ready to train in our classes. We invite you to stop by and watch our classes in action or call for more information.


What is Judo?

Judo, meaning (“gentle way”) is a modern martial arts system derived from traditional Japanese jujitsu in 1882 by Dr. Jigoro Kano. The object of Judo is to win by one of three ways:

  1. throw one’s opponent to the ground
  2. immobilize one’s opponent by pinning them on their backs for an allotted amount of time, or
  3. submit one’s opponent by joint locking the elbow or by applying a choke.

Strikes and weapons self-defense are practiced as a part of judo, but only as pre-arranged forms called Kata and are not allowed in judo competition or randori (free practice). Judo was introduced as an Olympic sport in 1964 and is practiced by millions of people throughout the world today as a martial art, sport and way of life.

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

What is Brazilian jiu-jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) is a cousin of Judo that focuses on refined ground grappling techniques. Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners (especially those who cross-train in judo) become experts at controlling and submitting their opponents on the ground. BJJ is particularly famous for giving weaker, smaller people the ability to defeat larger, stronger opponents through leverage and superior technique.

The Gracie family in Brazil adapted BJJ from judo techniques learned from Conte Maeda Koma, a Japanese judoka living in Brazil in the early 1900’s. BJJ’s worldwide debut came with the founding of the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 1993 by Rorion Gracie in the United States. In that tournament, Royce Gracie used jiu-jitsu to win the tournament, defeating several bigger, stronger opponents. The art has since made huge strides around the world.

How many belt rankings are there in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu?

BJJ practitioners start at white belt, then progress to blue, purple, brown, and finally black. Belt rankings in BJJ tend to come more slowly than in other disciplines, but consequently BJJ belts represent significant progress in a student’s in skills.

Do you have belt-ranking tests?

Our BJJ classes don’t really work that way, although some schools do this. Our coaches keep and eye on students and their progress, and award belts candidly when they feel the student has reached a particular level of aptitude.

What is Team Machado Utah?

Team Machado Utah (TMU) represents all the BJJ descendants of Rigan Machado training in Utah. There are 6 black belts who come through this “pedigree” and they have different locations and training schedules throughout the area. TMU is a close-knit group and students and coaches from different locations intermingle regularly.

Is your jiu-jitsu sport or self-defense oriented?

Both. The head coach of our brand of jiu-jitsu is Rigan Machado, who is considered among the greatest competitive grapplers of all time. As a result, we probably lean a little toward the sport side of BJJ, but we do not neglect the self-defense principles that BJJ was founded on.

Do you train with or without the gi?

Most of our training is done with the gi, but we tend to drift toward no-gi during the hotter summer months. We have world-level team members at our sister locations who are experts at no-gi and occasionally bring them in to improve no-gi grappling skills.

What’s the difference between BJJ and Japanese jujutsu?

BJJ and Japanese jujutsu (JJJ) are closely related. Judo came from JJJ and consequently BJJ is also a descendant of JJJ. A lot of debate centers around this point, but essentially the difference is that JJJ is more oriented toward old-style samurai hand-to-hand techniques, while BJJ is a more modern extension with fine-tuned ground technique.

If you still have questions, blogger Slideyfoot has an excellent BJJ Beginner FAQ section on his blog, which you can read here.


What exactly is Kyuki-do?

Kyuki-do blends different styles of traditional martial arts. In other words, it’s mixed martial arts in a more traditional setting. Our core discipline is Taekwon-do. We also teach Judo, Hapki-do, Jiu-Jitsu, self-defense and weapons. We emphasize fitness in our training and often incorporate calisthenics, cardio-kickboxing, and modern day boxing into our training.

What is the AKF?

In 1979 the American Kyuki-Do Federation (AKF) was established by Grand Master Kim with the help of several devoted and sincere practitioners of the Martial Arts. The purpose of the Federation is to regulate and control Kyuki-Do as a Martial Art, and prevent unscrupulous individuals from taking advantage of it. The Art of Kyuki-Do has grown and expanded since and now includes techniques from Jujitsu, Karate, Boxing, Wrestling, Traditional weapons from Okinawa and the Philippines, and many others.

One of the main objectives of the AKF is to help people discover their full potential. Unlike many Martial Arts organizations that exist simply to serve themselves, the AKF is dedicated to helping its members and their schools.

What does Kyuki-do mean?

In Korean Kyuki literally means “spark or explosion.” The word Kyuki signifies the release or burst of energy that comes with successful execution of a technique. Although there are many different interpretations that can be heard from many different instructors, all will agree that Kyuki-Do is a Martial Art that combines many different arts into one.

How do you pronounce “Kyuki-do?”

The proper way to say it is “cue-KEY-dough,” with the emphasis on the middle syllable (“cue” sounding like the letter “Q”).

Do I have to spar

Sparring is an active part of the curriculum and an important way to improve technique. We spar in a controlled environment with proper protective gear. Sparring is highly encouraged; but students can participate at their own level of comfort.

Is there a fee for testing?

Fees for belt testing in Kyuki-do range slightly in cost, depending on what belt you are testing for. Come in and ask to take a look at our belt test requirements and cost.