Bob Bell and Christian Montaño watch students work.
Judo taking hold in Vegas

Taking up any type of martial arts may be intimidating for a lot of people.

Whether it’s the physical exertion and mental discipline required or the prospect of engaging in hand-to-hand combat that spooks some folks, it would seem not to be an activity for everyone.

Or is it?

Bob Bell, a sensei who oversees local judo classes with the help of instructor Christian Montaño, contends that judo is something many people — of varying ages, backgrounds and existing physical activity levels — can learn and enjoy.