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Welcome to Mid Missouri Judo

Mid Missouri Judo is one of the oldest Martial Arts schools in the Columbia, MO area. It has been in continuous operation since 1963. Judo is the first Martial Art in the Olympics and the most popular Martial Art in the world. We offer a safe and friendly training environment that is suitable for recreational practice, kids sports activity, or a more serious athlete.


If you are in Columbia, MO and wondering if Judo is right for you… come try us out with your first week free!

If you are...

A parent who would like to have a child involved in a sports activity

Your child will grow as a person in our safe, structured environment. They will learn to follow directions, lead by example, and, eventually, lead a warmup session and demonstrate teaching segments. They will learn to handle themselves confidently when dealing with physical pressure, develop empathy for others, and develop athletically as they challenge themselves to perform new techniques. Several of our coaches have their sons and daughters in the program for all these reasons. You and your kids can even work out together, so you can get your exercise in at the same time. Our coaches are certified by USA Judo (the official US Olympic judo organization) and have anywhere from 5 to 40 years of experience with the sport, so your child will be in competent hands.

An adult looking to get in shape

Many of our adult students started judo in their 40s, and the oldest student is in his late 60s. Judo is very challenging athletically, and it rewards its practitioners with big gains across the full spectrum of fitness indicators: stamina, dexterity, balance, functional strength, body awareness, and flexibility. We offer a safe and friendly atmosphere where you can challenge yourself to achieve your fitness goals.

A martial artist seeking to cross-train

Judo is a jacketed grappling style, in the same family as jiu-jitsu and sambo. If you are a wrestler, you will learn the dynamics of jacketed stand up, and learn about submissions (joint locks and chokes). If you come from a striking background, like boxing, karate, tae-kwon-do, muay-thai, or kung-fu, judo will teach you what to do in a clinch and on the ground. If you are a Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner, you will learn how to deliver devastating takedowns and achieve an advantageous position from which to submit.



Randy Russell

7th Degree Black Belt


Randy Russell has been involved in judo for over 50 years and has competed and trained with many of the legends of the sport. He has represented the United States in judo against National Teams from Japan, Korea, Germany, England and many others. Randy Russell's students have also gone on to win national titles and have been invited to train at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and other Olympic training facilities across the United States.

Glenn St. John

5th Degree Black Belt


Glenn St. John began practicing Judo and Jujitsu in 1986 while serving in the Army. He attended the US Army Ranger school and Belgian Commando school where jujitsu was the primary method of hand to hand training being taught. In 1995 he joined Mid Missouri Judo and began teaching in 2000. He began managing the club in 2011.

Randy Mitchell

3rd Degree Black Belt


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Clint Nickelson

3rd Degree Black Belt


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Steve O'Rourke

1st Degree Black Belt

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