Blogs

Judo in Fresno

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As the 83-year-old sensei Haruo Imamura, the patriarch of Fresno Judo, battles cancer, his family is hoping for one more milestone: Journeying to Tokyo in 2020 to watch their youngest grand daughter Miranda Imamura, compete in the Olympics.

The Fresno Bee has an article about Judo in Fresno.

US Team Disappointed on Second Day of Paris Grand Slam

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by Chuck Medani, for the USJF

Paris, February 12 – The United States judo team ran into a wall today, and was unable to match the success of their lighter weight teammates from the day before at the Paris Grand Slam judo championships.

Koch vs World Champion Gwak (South Korea)

Koch vs World Champion Gwak (South Korea)

Category: events

Delgado Defeats 2012 Olympic Champion, Places Fifth at Paris Grand Slam

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By Chuck Medani for the USJF

Paris, February 11, 2017. Angelica Delgado, reigning US National Champion, 2016 Olympic team member, and multiple-time US World Team member at 52 kg, scored big today in Paris with a fifth place finish in one of the most competitive tournaments in the world.

Category: events

Sanix 2016 -- Greg Ondrus, Konan

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This past December I had the good fortune to attend the SANIX International Judo Tournament as a coach for the second year in a row. If you have not traveled internationally as an athlete or a coach it is hard to imagine the scope of a trip like this. For many of the participants, this was their first time outside of the US. Going half way around the world, far from home and family, they were surrounded by a different language, new customs, and unfamiliar food from the moment they arrived.

Category: events

US Fields Large Team for Paris Grand Slam

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By Chuck Medani, for the USJF

Paris, February 10, 2017. The city of lights is cold and overcast. But it’s still Paris, with its charm, the river Seine, and the law that says drivers must miss pedestrians by at least a meter (it’s a major sport here).

Category: events

Joe Nakano Sensei

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Vaughn Imada writing on behalf of the San Jose Buddhist Judo Club


We are saddened to inform you that Joe Nakano Sensei from the San Jose Buddhist Judo Club passed away January 7, 2017.

Joe Nakano Sensei was born September 2, 1928 and has been a loyal and dedicated member of the San Jose Buddhist Judo Club for over 45 years. He has been one of four head instructors since 1992. He was awarded Rokudan in 2010 by the USJF.

Category: obituaries

SANIX Tournament and Taise Tournament 2016

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Team Report – Coach Douglas Tono

Tohkon Judo Academy – Boy’s Team Members

Category: events

2016 Sanix International Judo Competition in Fukuoka, Japan

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Eiko Saito Shepherd 8th Dan, Women’s Head Coach

I left the United States on December 21, 2016. When I arrived at the Fukuoka airport, people from Sanix were waiting for me with a sign. I spotted them right away and although I was tired, it was wonderful to be greeted with their big smiles. For a moment I forgot how tired I was.

Category: events

Newsletter received

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The latest USA Judo Newsletter has been announced.

The newsletter lists national and international events. There are tournaments in Reno, Salt Lake and Spokane in the United States, and Paris, Düsseldorf and Heidelberg in Europe. There are listings of other events as well.

Category: events

Sanix 2016 -- Grace Magee

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Dear Mrs. Koyama,

Japan! Wow!

The 2016 Sanix event was fantastic!

I can’t believe I was chosen to participate in the International Sanix Judo Tournament and clinic. What an incredible experience.

Category: events