At the Golden Dragon Family “Training Center” our students run the gamut from elementary aged children, teens, adults to senior citizens and persons with physical limitations.We run a variety of classes. Some students are interested in Ju Jitsu (the arts of gentleness), or a Ladies Street Survival, Self-Defense or a Cardio Kickboxing Aerobics class. Others like the more aggressive and competitive techniques and conditioning of Olympic Sport Judo. Both Judo and Ju Jitsu use throws, grapplingarts, Strikes, kicks, armbars, wrist locks and choking techniques. Judo and Ju Jitsu are the original founding arts of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) that you see on TV today. How about our ”Dog Pound” elementary wrestling program..
The Golden Dragon was founded in 1970 at the Williamsport (Pa.) YMCA and has moved around to various locations in Williamsport over the years to larger locations. We started at the Williamsport YMCA (18 yrs) and expanded to the Jersey Shore, Lock Haven and Milton Y’s. At the same time we ran one of the Williamsport Recreation Commission largest programs for over 10 yrs. From the Wmspt Y we moved to the Old Jefferson School (Washington Blvd), to the old City Hotel (W. 4th Street), to Raytowne (Rose Street), to Rodger’s Uniform building (305 Walnut Street), to Staiman Building (431 West Third Street) to our current location located at the rear of 613 East Third Street, on the second floor of the Leitz building.
The latest move has increased our floor space more than three times, with a floor workout area, two large mat areas, weight training area, parent and visitor waiting area and a training classroom. We are one of the oldest Judo and Ju Jitsu schools in the state and the oldest martial arts studios in our area. We have taught Judo, Ju Jitsu and self defense classes throughout the area. Some of the agencies we have trained include: law enforcement, security, probation/parole, corrections, military, recreation commissions, hospitals, Wise Options, NOW, mental health agencies, children & youth services, STEP, local schools (teachers and students), local businesses & clubs, Girl & Boy Scout groups, churches, local realators and many more.
One set of our mats (tatami) were used in the 1996 Olympic Judo competition and were donated by Dr. Tom Connolly and his family. Dr. Connolly has a 5th Degree Black Belt in Judo and is an instructor with the Golden Dragon.
At the Golden Dragon we are always looking for various talented instructors to teach classes in aerobics, martial arts, healing arts and other subjects.