Des Moines, IA



Farrell's Martial Arts is home to the Des Moines Judo Academy

Judo is a modern martial art, combat and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defenses are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata) and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice. Judo has been an Olympic event since 1964.

Judo is a Japanese martial art that is best known for its spectacular throwing techniques but also has many grappling moves for ground utilization. A few of these are: specialized pins, control holds, arm locks and different types of choking techniques. Similar to our Taekwondo programs, Judo is all inclusive and all ages, both sexes, and most disabled persons can participate together in learning and practicing the sport.

Judo helps to develop key character traits that are important to in all parts of our lives.

  • Respect
  • Self-discipline
  • Self-confidence
  • Concentration
  • Leadership skills
  • Physical coordination
  • Power
  • Flexibility
The head instructor for our Judo program is Bret Parkhill.

Mr. Parkhill has been involved in the sport of Judo for 26 years. He began his Judo training in Norman, Oklahoma under the coaching of 1972 & 1976 Judo Olympian, Patrick Burris. He was an active competitor up until 2008, winning many regional and state competitions. He now devotes himself to coaching others and has been coaching Judo continuously in Des Moines since 1992. Follow the Des Moines Judo Academy on Facebook.
Judo Training Schedule (Beaverdale Location Only)

Kid's Judo (Ages 6-16)
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Tuesday & Thursday

Adult Judo (Ages 17+) (Instructor Brett Parkhill)
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Tuesday & Thursday

Adult Judo (ages 17+) (Instructor Nick Higgins)


7:30 - 9:30
8:00pm - 9:30pm

Location Info

Beaverdale School         Waukee School
2706 Beaver Ave.            215 N. Warrior Lane
Des Moines, IA 50310       Waukee, IA 50263
515-255-0095                  515-978-3000