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Meet Sensei Keith

My name is Keith Anderson. I was born here in Sitka and started taking karate in 1984 from Dave Lowrance, Robert Holt and Pat Wilson, then started taking judo lessons in 1989. I spent a few years in college and trade school. After that, I came back to Sitka and continued my judo training under Sensei Steve Jimerfield. I have taught judo with the Sitka Judo Club since 2001 and have now brought the form to Hames Center in 2016. I am a member of the United States Judo Association and currently hold a second degree black belt in karate and a third degree black belt in judo. I also enjoy hiking, hunting, shooting, diving, riding motorcycles, building things and of course spending time with my wife, Christy and my son, Slater. I am currently employed at Precision Boatworks and have been there around twelve years.

What is Judo?

Judo is a martial art that can be competitive, used for self-defense or just a fun workout that offers both mental and physical challenges. Judo is derived from unarmed combat in Japan (jujitsu). It starts by getting a grip on your opponent and then throwing them to the mat and attempting to pin or get a choke or arm bar. The Hames Center judo class will go through rigorous exercises and drills to teach participants how do Judo skills safely.