On February 13, 2021, Kokushi Midwest Judo hosted Sensei Eiko Shepherd’s Virtual Kata Clinic to 53 international participants. Many of them have known Sensei Shepherd throughout her long career, but for some, this was their first time sharing the mat with her. They came from all over the world – the United States, the United Kingdom, Scotland and Mexico.
The Chicago Judo Black Belt Association has been a proud sponsor of the Tohkon Judo Academy’s Kata Clinic, held each year over President’s Day Weekend. USJF Hall of Fame Inductee, Sensei Eiko Shepherd and Tohkon Judo Academy’s founder, Douglas Tono, who also competes at the highest levels of international kata competition, are the head clinicians for the weekend, as they lead a 3-day weekend of intense kata study.
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I hope you are doing fantastic and I want to start by saying that I have had the most incredible experience visiting, meeting, and working with so many of you and your students over the last year. I love sharing my love for JUDO! I look forward to continuing to spread my skills and knowledge as a career judo competitor with you and your students in the future.
That being said, 2020 is a huge year for Judo with the Olympics returning to our sport’s birthplace. With 2028 just 8 years away, it is a great opportunity to spread the good word about Judo and remind your students that with the right mindset and work ethic, anything is possible!
Many of you have contacted me about coming to, or returning to, your club for a clinic.
Please see the dates below for my current availability in 2020:
- April 11
- May 9 or 30
- June 13
- July 11 or 18
- August, September – Many dates open.
Very soon I will be making these dates available to the public and sharing on social media.
Here is to wishing you and yours a fantastic 2020.
Yours in Judo,
The 4th Annual James H. Takemori Memorial Clinic featuring Neil Adams, MBE held at the Washington Judo Club at Georgetown University on January 5, 2020. Prior Takemori Memorial clinicians include Kayla Harrison, Marti Malloy, and Amarilis Savon.
SATURDAY DEC 7th 2019 at AZUSA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY
We are only 2 weeks away from the 2019 Judo WinterNationals. The deadline for early registration is Nov 29th. Take advantage of the discounted price and receive a free tournament T-Shirt. Registrations are growing daily and we are expecting a great turnout. Don’t miss out on being part of one of the best tournaments in the country.
Online registration is open. Visit to download a registration packet and for additional information.
We have a Coach Clinic and Referee Clinic on Friday 12/6 at the Alexander Hughes Community Center (home of Goltz Judo) in Claremont.
To make it easier on our competitors, we have a list of satellite weigh-in sites. Click here to see it. It is not too late to add your club as a satellite weigh-ins site.
We are publishing a list of competitors daily. Please check it for accuracy, if any information is incorrect contact me immediately for rectification.
Registration will be closed on Thursday 12/5 at 6:00PM. No registrations will be accepted after that.
All weights must be reported by Thursday 12/5 at 8:00PM.
There will be 3 sessions and 6 mats. All brackets and matches will be posted on Friday 12/7 around 3:00 PM, Remember to review the info and request corrections by Friday 6:00 PM. There will absolutely be no corrections or changes done the day of the tournament.
We will start the competition with the 5-12 Years old, after that we will intermix the remaining Juniors, Seniors and Masters. Each session will have an estimated start time, you will then be able to see what session you are competing in and your first match number, so you can estimate what time to be there. Please plan on being early.
To help coaches plan and coordinate their coaching duties and communicate with their players and parents, we will publish a list of players and their session and 1st match numbers by club. This will allow coaches to have a summary sheet for all their players.
To speed up the start of the tournament, we will ask players competing in matches 1-10 for session 1 to be at their assigned mats 10-15 minutes before opening ceremony. Since these are usually young kids, we are asking coaches and parents to make sure they check their kids in at the designated doors around 8:45 AM
Looking forward to seeing all of you at the tournament and our thanks for your continued support!
CLINIC TIME/DATE: 3:00-6:00, Saturday August 17, 2019
SITE: Boys & Girls Club Judo, 1704 Waiola Street, Honolulu, HI 96826
ELIGIBILITY: Current USJF/USJI/USJA/ATJA/AJJF Membership. Participant must present
membership card at the clinic. Target audience are judoka with interest and
experience in advanced competition and coaching, approximately ages 13 and
LIABILITY WAIVERS: Please bring with you
REGISTRATION FORM: E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 15, 2019
CONTACT: Gregory Chow, 372-6447