Dojo Flag, Ronin Judo Academy

Dojo Flag, Ronin Judo Academy
Showing our dojo roots.

Who, Where, and When Can you find us?

Welcome to the Merrick P.A.L. Judo website. It's under construction for now, but here's some info. For starters... The program is run by Sensei Rick Calabrese and we're located at:

Brookside Central Administration Building
1260 Meadowbrook Road, North Merrick

Directions: Southern State Parkway to Exit 23 South (Meadowbrook Road). Continue to Brookside School, which will be on the right hand side of Meadowbrook Road.
Our class schedule is Wednesday & Friday nights at 7:00pm in the wrestling room through the gym.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

To All

Our Fall 2015 Judo Club has started up again.  First class September 30th.
7-12 years old 7:00-8:15pm
13 and up 8:15-9:00pm

Classes at the former Brookside Jr HS Meadowbrook Rd Merrick just south of the southern state pky.

You can still sign up at the next class Wednesday nights.

We are looking for parents to help out with some administrative help as well. 

Sensei Rick Calabrese

Monday, February 23, 2015

No class this week, Feb 25th

Hey all,
There won't be judo class this week, Wed, Feb 25th, 2015 because Sensei Rick will be out of town.
See you next time and sorry for the inconvenience.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Judo Classes Back Up & Running

Following Hurricane Sandy and the nor'easter, many of you, I'm sure, suffered some loss, whether it be power outages or downed trees or damaged property, and some of us followed suit. The staff of the Merrick PAL Judo club hopes everyone is doing better, and now we're ready to start up again

As a reminder, whether it be holidays or inclement weather, the school where we have classes follows the same schedule as Merrick schools. So, as a rule of thumb, if schools are closed for whatever reason, there won't be Judo class that day.

Now that school is back up and running, so is Judo, and we will start again tomorrow, Wednesday, November 14.

See you there.


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

We Have New Yellow Belts!

On February 8th right after class, Sensei Rick was checking the progress of the advanced students. This turned into an impromptu promotional exam. Some of the white belts had one, two, or three yellow stripes on their white belts. At the end, all five were promoted to full yellow belt.
Promoted to yellow belt were Sam Abrams, Toby Harrington, Andrew Razza, Nicole Vaccariello, and Ryan Vaccariello. Good job by all.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Winter 2012 Session to Start

The Winter 2012 Judo season is about to start. Our first class wil be Wednesday night, January 18th at 7:00pm. If you haven't registered already, you will be able to do so on the first night. If there are any parents who are interested in helping out please let us know.
See you soon.
Sempai Jon

Thursday, December 8, 2011

End of Judo Session Info

To all members and parents, here is information for the program. All of the instructors and PO Serrao wish you a happy holiday season and a healthy new year!

Toy Drive:

Please bring in unwrapped new condition toys for donation to the Nassau County Medical Center. We will collect toys until 12/14/11. We have been doing this for several years now and it is greatly appreciated.

Holiday Party:

We will have a holiday party on 12/21/11. We will do some judo games and have a grab bag ($10 limit). Also we ask parents to coordinate bringing in cupcakes, cookies, etc and napkins, plates and cups. The PAL will provide pizza and drinks. If your child has special dietary needs please bring in something that they can have and enjoy.


Several returning students missed last session tests. They will be informed 12/7/11 to be prepared to test the following week. Please note there will be no testing for brand new students this session, which will take place next session.

Winter-Spring Session:

Sign up sheets will be available for the next session on 12/14/11. For anyone in the program already the fee will be $60 for anyone that signs up that night. The cost to sign up at the beginning of the next session will be $75. A 10% discount will apply for multiple children sign ups.

Adult Assistance:

We will be looking for parents' help in the following areas. Please let me know if you are interested.

Registration, attendance, making copies, delivering paperwork to PAL, bathroom monitor & help on the mat.

Please note: Starting the next session we will hold 3 x 30 minute sessions right after the regular class for any parent that wishes to help on the mat. After that we will holds 60 minute jujitsu/self defense work outs for the rest of the Winter-Spring session.

Please see me for details,

Sensei Rick Calabrese

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Class in ON for Thanksgiving Eve

For all of you who were wondering, I spoke with the police officer in charge of Merrick PAL who stated that since the school is OPEN Wednesday night, November 23rd, Thanksgiving Eve, there WILL be class that night.
If we don't see you, have a Happy Thanksgiving.