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Interview with Sensei Hector Estevez

Interview with Sensei Hector Estevez

Few American judoka can claim careers comparable to that of Hector Estevez.  His incredible record of competition, from its beginnings in Cuba all the way to earning his place as an Olympian, has been followed by an equally impressive rise through the top ranks...
Grace Talusan

Grace Talusan

USJF STORY~ Grace Talusan I started judo when I was in graduate school so I don’t have any childhood memories of growing up on the mat. My first judo memory was Mr. Ogasawara setting up two bean bags on the mat and having me roll between them for an hour straight, and...
Obukan Judo Dojo

Obukan Judo Dojo

  The origin and meaning of our dojo name “Obukan”: the “O” refers to Oregon; Oregon was called “O-shu” or O-state by Japanese immigrants. “Bu” means martial training. “Kan” means building or training hall. Dr. Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo, visited Oregon...
Brandon Kindelberger

Brandon Kindelberger

USJF STORY~ Brandon Kindelberger Madagascar!? “My name is Brandon Kindelberger and I’m a member of USJF. I’m okay to say that I am a ‘no name’ within the judo community. I can’t boast on any big competition wins, but I can say that judo has been a part of my life...
Krista Tsutsui Steele

Krista Tsutsui Steele

USJF STORY~ Krista Tsutsui Steele Fresno, CA —–> Seattle, WA “I’m Krista Tsutsui Steele and I’m a member of USJF. My judo story starts back in the 90s at the Fowler Judo Club in Central California where my dad took my siblings and me to learn the sport...