A Welcoming Community for 46 Years. Whether you are a Judo enthusiast or brand new to the sport, the International Judo Camp will provide the right level of instruction for you in a friendly, supportive and accepting environment. In addition to building self-confidence, Judo players learn new skills and techniques, while increasing coordination, sharpening reflexes and improving flexibility.
Start each day watching the sunrise, exercising, meditating or relaxing with friends over breakfast. During morning classes, players engage in a combined multi-level warm-up session, followed by a class rotation of techniques tailored according to rank. After lunch, learn from our world-class guest instructor, or take advantage of classes in Kata, refereeing, coaching or competition. Evenings offer two hours of Randori. A tournament ends the week and is open to International Judo Camp families.
For over 46 years, the YMCA International Judo Camp offers players of all ranks the opportunity to train and practice under the guidance of an impressive roster of Olympic medalists, world champions and university coaches. These dedicated instructors share with participants the concepts of “the gentle way,” teaching in a safe and encouraging manner. Co-directors George Pasiuk and Sylwester Gawel lead a staff of top competitors and instructors from Asia, Europe, Israel, and North and South America, including Heiko Rommelman, (6th Dan) and Jeff Guinta, (5th Dan). Both are 15 time Over-All National Kata Champions, World Master Kata Champions, and Pan Am gold medalists. This year’s special guest instructor is Lynn Roethke, the first American woman to medal in judo at the Olympic Games, winning a silver medal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea.
Importantly, these champions are not instructors in name only. They teach every day, gearing their classes to each camper’s rank ability. Every evening campers try out their new skills during Randori, right alongside these world class instructors.
The Empowerment Self-Defense track will be available for women, aged 21 and older, who are interested in learning how to teach this women-created system of preventing violence as it happens. There will be 3 tracks (teachers-in-training, council of sages, and ESD classes for the uninitiated). Interested participants must contact Elhalev@elhalev.org to register. Adult female Judo campers who are interested in learning this system are invited to participate in the evening Randori class.
Our referee program is one of the most extensive programs in the United States.
Led by Janet Johnson, IJF class A referee and member of USA Judo’s Referee Commission, this program is offered for club, local, and regional referee certification. However, all referees are welcome to participate. Classes include daily on-the-mat training sessions, classroom lecture, discussions, and Q&A, as well as video review specific to current IJF and USA Judo Rules. Those seeking certification will take a written examination and referee during the camp’s tournament to determine qualifying levels.
We also offer USJA/USJF National coaching certification taught by members of the USJA/USJF National coaching program.
Our spacious and well-equipped dojo provides the perfect setting for training. It includes:
We know how important a comfortable, good night’s sleep is for a successful athlete. Our dormitories provide a great space to relax, enjoy the view and hang out with friends. Wake up each morning refreshed and ready to achieve new goals! Each of our dormitories offers:
We do not provide linens or towels. Please remember to bring twin sheet sets, pillows and blankets or sleeping bags for campers.
Hard-working athletes need healthy meals to maintain top physical condition. Meals are prepared with fresh ingredients by our expert staff, with an emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables, whole wheat pasta and breads, zero trans fats and lean meats. Our kitchens are nut free and we are happy to accommodate special dietary needs.
The health center at Greenkill is designed to provide a warm, nurturing environment for campers, whether they are paying a quick visit to get a band-aid or staying overnight due to a contagious illness. Our health staff manages camper medical records with care and expertise, administer over the counter and prescription medication according to physician- and parent-approved plans, and offer on-site care for all minor injuries and illnesses. The health center is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by a certified nurse or EMT. Our Health Director, a registered nurse with many years of camp experience, provides on-site supervision to our health staff between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM, and on an as needed basis at night. Numerous members of the staff at each of our three camps are certified in CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Advanced First Aid.
Our field house included a professional training room staffed by a full-time, certified athletic trainer.
When not training, campers can enjoy a range of traditional camp activities including swimming, canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, arts & crafts, archery, hiking, low and high ropes, and special evening activities. New York YMCA camp staff supervise our under 18 campers in the dorms at night and during recreational activities.
The International Judo Camp runs from Sunday, Aug 4-Aug 10, 2019.
We realize that each family has a different ability to pay for camp. Because of this, we have a voluntary two tier pricing program. Please consider rate prices and determine which of the two prices your family is able to pay. The program is voluntary, and in no way influences the experience you or your children receive. For information about financial assistance, click here.