History and Mission

Goltz Judo, LLC was founded in 1987 by Sensei Gary Goltz, 8th Dan

It is one of the largest judo programs in the nation with classes held at Claremont's Alexander Hughes Community Center

Mayor Ceritificate - Claremont's #1 Program

The mission of the club is to improve our community by promoting the study of judo

This will be accomplished by emphasizing judo's ultimate goal, developing fine people

Judo is ideal for developing self-confidence in children to help prevent bullying

The program is listed as a credit course for the Claremont Mudd Scripps Colleges

Sensei Gary's Thoughts on Parents, Black Belts, & Coaches

Read what students and parents had to say about Goltz Judo

Claremont Human Services Cover Photos - 2004, 2009, 2012, & 2015

Goltz Judo is a member in good standing of:

Nanka Judo Yudanshakai

United States Judo Federation (USJF)

United States Judo Association (USJA)

USA Judo - National Governing Body (USJI)

Claremont Parade 2006

Sensei Gary & Sensei OJ in 1988 and 2018


Class Photo from 1989 - More Class Photos on Facebook

View Goltz Judo's Early Websites - Wayback Machine

About Goltz Judo's Name & Logo

Goltz Judo's logo was designed by Sensei Gary's dad, the late Julius Goltz. It depicts the true character of a judoka, softness on the outside with fire on the inside.  It is in the shape of an octagon representing the eight directional points of balance which are the basis for turning and pivoting, attacking, and defending.  The Kanji are "Ju" for gentleness and "Do" for way.  Inside the logo is the Kodokan Judo symbol.  It is a Japanese white cherry blossom, which is comprised of a gentle, cool, and soft exterior surrounding a red center interior that like the Japanese rising sun flag is hard, fierce, and focused.


The name of the club is Goltz because Sensei Gary decided to use his family name at the urgence of his longtime friend and judo mentor the late Dr. Zarantonello "Dr. Z" who told him, Goltz sounded a lot like Gold as in "Gold's Gym". Dr. Z said if he had a short easy name like that he'd use it too. Sensei Gary's grandfather Max Goltz immigrated to the US in 1910 from Russia. His original last name was Pisengoltz which was shortened by the officials at Ellis Island to Goltz, (view dramatic reenactment). Upon settling in Pittsburgh he built a successful fruit market.