Interview with Yoshihiro Uchida – Pioneer of American Judo

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President’s Address

Interview with Yoshihiro Uchida – “Pioneer of American Judo”

Sunday, November 21, at 1PM Pacific

The USJF continues its series of collaborative presentations and information sharing. Join our Zoom webinar with Judo Legend, Sensei Yoshihiro “Yosh” Uchida

Sensei Yosh Uchida, San Jose State University, 10th Degree Black Belt

Sensei Yosh Uchida
San Jose State University
10th Degree Black Belt

Sensei Uchida is an American judo coach, businessman, entrepreneur, and educator who is best known for his contribution to judo development in the United States.

While being a part time judo coach at San Jose State University, Sensei Uchida and University of California, Berkeley judo coach Henry Stone began developing rules to allow their students to compete against each other, including a weight class system, moving judo away from a martial art for self-defense to sport for competition.

Stone and Uchida persuaded the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) to sanction judo in 1953; the first AAU National Championship in judo was held at San Jose State in that year. From 1960 to 1961, Uchida served as president of the Judo Black Belt Federation of America (USJF), which under his leadership started a pilot program for a national ranking system.

Join our Webinar interview with Sensei Yosh Uchida and be part of Judo History.

Time: Nov 21, 2021 01:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)


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