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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).

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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.

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SANIX Tournament and Taise Tournament 2016

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Team Report – Coach Douglas Tono

Tohkon Judo Academy – Boy’s Team Members

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sanix 2016

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Participants from Sanix 2016 have written their appreciation of the event.

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Sanix 2016 -- Cornel Childs

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Dear Mrs. Koyama,

Thank you for supporting me and the rest of the US Judo team in attending SANIX 2016 in Fukuoka, Japan. I enjoyed meeting Judo players from across the United States and all over the world. I also appreciated the cultural experience and the opportunity to visit Fukuoka and other parts of Japan.

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Sanix 2016 -- JuKye Johnson

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Dear Saito Sensei,

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to travel to Japan and allowing me to have an amazing, once in a lifetime experience. At first, I was really scared, especially because I did not want to get homesick as my brother did, or choked out as I heard from many other players experiences. Fortunately, I was perfectly fine and happy. 

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SANIX-TAISET 2016 -- Birmingham Team Coach

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I would like to start off by talking about our time in Global Arena in Fukuoka Japan. Global Arena consisted of multiple buildings and the dorms were very nice. They have a convenience store, bakery, and two different dojos for practice. The meals were buffet style in the dining hall. I was very excited to try Japanese cuisine, and I made it a point to try something different every meal. I admit it took me a day or two to adjust. One of my favorite things that we had were what looked like fried green tomatoes, but were crunchy and had some type of meat in the middle. They were delicious.

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