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.
Continue reading “CJBBA Kata Clinic Report”
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
The Self Defense Committee has been assisting several Yudanshakais in launching their own self defense committees. Over that last three years, the Committee has offered grants to Yudanshakais through the development committee to launch programs. Several Yudanshakias worked together to develop their self defense programs and curricula to help consolidate resources. Many of the smaller Yudanshakais did not have the resources to start a new committee so they chose to work together to have a self defense program.
The last two Yudanshakai grants were utilized in May (by the two Hawaii Yudanshakais) and in June (by Shufu). There were a total of 21 participants in the three Hawaii workshops (13 in Oahu and 4 in Kona for the two certification classes and 4 in the Kona re-certification class). Shufu had 19 in its certification class and will have a follow-up re-certification class at a later date. All three organizations recognized the opportunity a self defense program could offer them in order to bring new members into judo.
Shufu President Roy Englert sent out the following email which summarized the event well.
On the heels of a very successful self-defense instructors’ clinic, it may be worth clarifying what we are doing and why.
It is Shufu’s leading goal, as determined by the black belts at a retreat held a couple of years ago, to grow judo. Bringing people into judo through their interest in self-defense is one under-used path.
As every instructor knows, it is important for a dojo to maintain insurance coverage. The USJF self-defense program is the product of negotiations between USJF and our insurance carrier to make sure that there is agreement on how a dojo can incorporate techniques beyond IJF shiai judo and retain coverage.
There are techniques — including de-escalation and situational awareness, not just waza — that can be taught in a one-day seminar to help people defend themselves in common situations, and presenting those techniques can be a public service as well as a gateway to judo. But anyone interested in waza useful in self-defense needs to learn the waza over a period of time and practice them so that they become part of muscle memory. And that is where we judoka can set up a win-win situation, gaining judo students and providing those students with something they want.
The clinics that USJF puts on are not waza clinics. The waza we should teach are existing judo waza (including atemi waza used in the self-defense katas such as kime no kata, koshiki no kata (added) and Goshin Jutsu). The goal of clinics is to explore ways to teach self-defense through the waza we already know, and to learn more about common situations calling for self-defense and about de-escalation and escape techniques, all taking into account learning from neuroscience and other fields of study. The team USJF sends out to the Yudanshakai for this purpose includes a police officer, a lawyer, and a former USJF President familiar with relevant scientific learning as well as strategic planning.
The Self Defense Committee has introduced 17 Yudanshakais to the USJF Self Defense Process. The Committee will now transition into an oversight role for the program, which will include continued outreach to the Yudanshakais with support and guidance, creation of different additional training opportunities, Continuing Education Unit development, overall program coordination, and when asked provide specific Self Defense Training classes.
The Committee is also in the process of establishing a website for the general public as well as having a private section for trainers, teachers and assistant teachers. This private section will contain information that can be used by the certified members as well as a discussion forum so specific issues can be discussed.