Sensei Michelle Gall

Judo Instructor/Vice President/National Referee

Sensei Michelle

Michelle Davis is an instructor and vice president of the Bushido Judo School. She has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Cornell University in Ithaca, where she started judo training in 1971. She currently holds a Sandan (Third Degree Black Belt) in Judo. She also trained in Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu Karate and holds fourth degree black belt ranks in karate and weapons arts. Michelle practiced Judo at the Durham YMCA and competed in many tournaments. She finished third in the 1980 National Sports Festival judo competition. Michelle and her children John and Agnes began training with the Bushido Judo School in 1995 at the Durham Recreation Department. Both of Michelle's children are first degree black belt judo and karate students. Michelle has USJA coaching training and referee training.
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  • "In an age where commercialism seems to rule in the Martial Arts space and the true values of the Martial Arts are getting blurred Bushido Judo School holds true to the age old traditions of Honor, Respect and Discipline."

    -Andres Andreu
  • "Bushido Judo School has changed my life not only as a competitive athletes point of view but as an overall person. I have come to understand my self and gain much knowledge on how to control myself. Bushido's instructors are very caring and not only willing to help with judo but in all aspects of everyday life. Bushido isn't just a school it becomes your family."

    -Chris Elias
  • There's a few good places in Raleigh for martial arts, but I travel 40 mins to Bushido in Durham, because they're a competitive Judo club with the perfect balance of play-rough practice and fun-loving attitude.

    -Matt D'Avanzo
  • For the past two years, my six year old son had been asking to take martial arts classes. Being new to the area, we began visiting different dojos. A friend recommended that we visit Bushido. From the moment I met Sensei Stokes I was impressed with his interactions with the children in the class. My son joined, and a week later, I joined as well. The instructors and fellow students are exceptionally helpful. My son and I both enjoy the classes immensely, and my younger daughter now wants to join us.

    -Joe Zakszewski