2015 Junior Developmental and Judo Training Camp

Junior Developmental and Judo Training Camp at Yosh Uchida Hall at the San Jose State Campus on June 15–19, 2015.

Scheduled technicians are Ms Marti Malloy, 2014 World Silver Medalist and 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist; Shintaro Nakano, SJSU Coach and Technical Advisor; Keith Nakasone, 1980 Olympia and 5-time National Champion and Pan American Champion; and student coaches from Japan selected by Mr. Yasuhiro Yamashita and Mr. Isao Okano.

The camp is open to students 12–18 years old. Space is limited so please register before June 8th.

Details of the Camp with registration form.

First Annual Cenco Kata Clinic, April 4 & 5, 2015

Sensei Eiko Shepherd, 7th Dan, was the clinician for Central Coast Yudanshakai’s first Annual Kata Clinic.  This year’s emphasis was on Randori no Kata with an in-depth study of Nage-no-Kata on Saturday and Katame-no-Kata on Sunday.

Saturday began with a review of the finer points of ukemi, the importance of breathing, the meaning of “ju“, the execution of hand/foot movement and the importance of having a strong basic foundation.  Eiko Sensei’s clinics are not only about learning to perform the kata, but also, her presentations are lessons on how to teach.  The clarification on the “how” and “why” of each technique gives us an understanding of the essence of each throw, pin, arm-bar and choke. Sensei takes us beyond the gross motor movement and extends our knowledge to the detailed “why” of each movement in order to understand the “JU”. Once you learn the reason for every movement and how energy is used, there is less chance to modify the kata technique and adapt one’s own interpretation with excess movement for style. Learning the “anatomy and physiology” of each technique gave me a renewed sense of interest to my journey in judo.

Professor Jigoro Kano created the Randori no Kata. The kata may be Judo in its purest form, but Eiko Sensei shows us how the principles of kata are manifested in randori practice and shiai. The interrelationship between kata and shiai gives credence to the importance of studying kata for everyone. When we witness a perfect Ippon throw in shiai, which is executed with precise timing, kuzushi, tsukuri, kake with force, speed, control and landing, it is the ideal.

Eiko Sensei always adapts warm-ups to the particular waza she is teaching. She loves to make up games and has always been creative in working them into the warm-ups. After lunch, she gradually coaxed our bloated achy bodies back into action with relaxing warm-ups and fun games. It was amusing to see young and old judoka rolling around on the ground laughing and participating in silly games, but it worked! We then resumed the serious study of kata. We were taught the technical components of each throw as well as the “how “and “why” in detailed explanations and demonstrations. The relation to shiai was integrated into learning the kata throws, emphasizing basic judo technique and its application.

Sunday was spent learning Katame-no-Kata. The five techniques in each category: Osaekomi, Shime waza and Kansetsu waza were taught with the learning of escapes, applying the principles of physical movement, creating space,and hand/foot movement. Anyone can escape! Sensei’s attention to detail made the difference as to whether a technique would work or why it would not work, and how to correct the position with minimum effort and maximum efficiency! There was so much information to pass on to our students.

Our lunch was informal with a fun exchange of Judo stories from Eiko Sensei and Wilina Sensei. Again, warm-ups were hilarious fun as we transitioned back into practicing Katame-no-Kata.

The history of the annual kata clinic started in Chicago with Tohkan Judo Academy 24 years ago. Sensei Doug Tono has kept this going and the attendance has increased to fifty participants last year! Sensei Tono credits the study of kata  to his producing many national champions in shiai. Tohkan was 2013 National USJF Kata Conference host. Sensei Jeff Takeda from CHUKA Yudanshaki started their annual kata event in 2001. CHUKA hosted the 2011 National Kata Conference as well. This last year, their Annual Chuka Kata Clinic  studied Goshin Jutsu and Itsutsu and tested those interested for certification. Judokas from CENCO and NANKA Yudanshakais’ were warmly welcomed there, and enjoyed a down-home country lunch. The 2014 USJF National Kata Conference was hosted by Tsubota Sensei, Hodokan in Hawaii in conjunction with the USJF Junior Nationals. Noburo Saito, 8th Dan and Eiko Shepherd, 7th Dan were the clinicians. 2015 USJF National Kata Conference will be hosted by Intermountain Yudanshkai in Idaho with Senseis’ Eiko Shepherd and Doug Tono. The hope is that all California Yudanshakais’ will eventually host and develop one kata clinic a year. If we work together, focusing on two katas at each clinic, we can alternate every year and study all katas. The aim is to increase the interest in the study of kata and to certify more instructors. I believe there is something for everyone in judo … just find your niche!

A big THANK YOU to both Eiko Shepherd, 7th Dan  USJF Kata Chairperson, USAJUDO Vice Chairperson, and Wilina Monar, 4th DAN, CENCO Kata Chairperson.

With special appreciation to Willie Cahill, 8th Dan, for his kindness, support and use of his dojo.

And a grateful acknowledgement to USJF KATA COMMITTEE

Toni Lettner Clinic

Mr. Toni (Anton) Lettner is a German National Champion & Multiple-Time International Champion & Medalist as well as a coach for Bundesliga Team Champion TSV Abensberg, Team Germany at New York Open, Cohen Brothers Judo Club and Barrington Judo.

Tentative Schedule

09:00 to 10:00 Registration

    Warm-up & Stretch – on your own, in preparation for clinic

10:00 to 12:00 Session 1 – open to everyone meeting eligibility criteria

    Newaza & Ogoshi (competition version)

12:00 to 13:30 Lunch – everyone on your own, please be back on time

13:30 to 15:30 Session 2 – open to everyone meeting eligibility criteria

    Seoinage (preparation for, easy grip solutions: aiyotsu & kenkayotsu), Randori

15:30 to 17:00 Session 3 – open to ages 13 years and older

    Latest Gripping Solutions (with 4 techniques off grip), Drop Seoinage, Randori

For more information, please contact:


Saturday, 28 February 2015


Western Idaho Judo Institute
2880 SW 4th Avenue, #11
Ontario, OR 97914

Registration Form

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The 2015 Shufu Clinic

On Saturday, February 7th, DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Maryland was the site of the 30th annual Shufu Rules Clinic (formerly the Shufu Referees Clinic). This event, considered one of the most important of the year, was founded by former Olympic Referee Gail Spadin in 1986.

Barb Shimizu, an IJF-A Referee based in Seattle, WA, was the head clinician, and conducted a wide-ranging series of lectures, video review, and practicums during the day. Sensei Shimizu used a variety of methods to instruct and guide the attendees, which included not only referees, but coaches, teachers, and active competitors. Sensei Shimizu explained that the International Judo Federation (IJF) was developing the rules that emphasize dynamic matches and the safety of the competitors.

A new feature of this year’s seminar was the inclusion of a topic not specifically related to refereeing, although this may change in the near future. Tony Doran, Psy.D., a neuropsychologist trained at the University of Hartford and at Harvard University, presented an introduction to the timely topic of concussions (also termed mild traumatic brain injury, or mTBI). Some of the principal points included the variability of symptoms of concussions, and that most people with concussions do not suffer any period of unconsciousness.

The annual Rules Clinic is a critical touchpoint for those involved in the practice of judo, whether they are referees, teachers, coaches, technical officials, or active competitors. The event has traditionally brought in high-level referees, but the rules and concepts are directly applicable to everyday practice and competition at every level.

Goshin Jutstu Kata Clinic at Soko Joshi and Mrs Judo broadcasts

This month’s kata clinic at Soko Joshi will be held this coming Saturday, May 10th. The focus is Goshin Jutstu. The clinic starts at the usual 10 a.m. time, two hours, $20 per person. We hope to see you there!

Also, Mrs Judo airs this month on several PBS stations around the country. See website for more info.

Be sure to check out our newest blog post and view our Media Advisory: to learn more about the “Japanese American Lives” Series, host Kristi Yamaguchi, MRS JUDO, filmmaker Yuriko Gamo Romer & much more!

KCET & LinkTV Debut “Japanese American Lives” in recognition of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month: MRS JUDO first aired on May 2nd but don’t worry Link TV users you can still view the film on your local PBS station! Click here to learn more about the debut & view additional KCET broadcast times

Mrs Judo Inspires Audiences Nationwide through May PBS Broadcast!
The special public broadcast presentation of MRS JUDO is part of Asian American Heritage Month in May with a special series Japanese American Lives presented by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) and hosted by world-renowned athlete & Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi scheduled on over twenty channels through public television.

Please tune in to your local PBS station, check your local listings for broadcast times in your city & state and view MRS JUDO: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful throughout this month of MAY!

Confirmed dates & times:

  • WLIW World New York 5/12, 7 pm; 5/13, 12 am, 5/13 8 am, 5/13 2 pm
  • PBS SoCal Los Angeles 5/7, 12:30am PBS SoCal
  • PBS SoCal World Los Angeles 5/12, 4 pm, 9 pm; 5/13 5 am, 11 am
  • KCET Los Angeles- Link TV: 5/2, 7 pm PT/11 pm ET, KCET: 5/4, 6 am & 2 pm; KCET HD: 5/9, 9 pm
  • WTTW Chicago 5/12, 11 pm WTTW Create World
  • KQED San Francisco- KQED: 5/28, 5 am & 5/29 11 pm; KQED World: 5/13, 5am, 11 am & 5/19 1 am
  • WGBX Boston 5/10, 4 pm WGBX 44; 5/12, 7 pm WGBH World, 5/13, 12 am & 8 am
  • WETA Washington 5/11, 1 pm WETA HD, WETA TV 26
  • GPB Knowledge Atlanta 5/12 7 pm
  • KAET World Phoenix 5/13, 12 am
  • WEDU World Tampa 5/13, 8 am WEDU-DT2
  • WPBT World Miami 5/13, 12 am 2.2 WPBT Create
  • WUCF Orlando 5/12, 7 pm & 5/13 12am WUCF World
  • WVIZ World Cleveland 5/12, 7pm 25.3WVIZ/PBS World
  • KETC World St. Louis 5/12, 6 pm 9.3 Nine World
  • OPB Plus Portland 5/6, 7 pm; 5/8, 4am
  • PBS Hawaii 5/9, 10 pm; 5/13, 11 pm
  • KLRU Austin 5/6, 10 pm

Keiko Fukuda Joshi Judo Camp 2014

We would like to extend an invitation to all girls and women to participate in this year’s Keiko Fukuda Joshi Judo Camp, which began in 1974 and continues to offer a treasured opportunity to female judoka to study together. Every year Fukuda Sensei enjoyed seeing dear judo friends and meeting newcomers; even though she is no longer with us, the board of directors for Keiko Fukuda Joshi Judo Inc. would like to continue her tradition. Please share this information with any female judoka who you think might like to attend.

To take advantage of the reduced, “early bird” registration rate, please complete and return the registration form, postmarked on or before June 30, 2014. There is on-campus housing available in the dorms.

Camp Dates

Friday, July 18, 2014 – Sunday, July 20, 2014

Camp Location

San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

Guest Instructor

Alisha “Lee” Galles


Registration Packet

Training Clinics with Aiko Sato and Shintaro Nakano

CENCO Yudanshakai sponsored 2 Judo training clinics this past month, both featuring Aiko Sato, Yondan and Shintaro Nakano, Yondan. Aiko Sato is a guest instructor at San Jose State University and has many accomplishments in her judo career including 2011 World Champion, 4X Asian Games Medalist and Silver Medalist in the 2012 IJF Grand Slam Paris. Shintaro Nakano is an assistant coach at San Jose State University and was the 2004 US Open Champion. He also was the 60K and 66K All Japan Industrial Champion.

Clinic 1

The first clinic was held at the De Leon Judo Club in Petaluma, Ca. on Saturday, February 1, 2014. About forty-five eager judoka attended this clinic some as young as 6 years old. Sensei Henry Kaku opened the clinic with introductions. The first portion of the clinic was centered around ne waza. Sensei Sato started off with a variation of Daki-Wakari. She then went on to show her variations of Tate-shiho-gatame and Kata-gatame.

Sensei Sato’s explanation and demonstrations were thorough and easy to follow. She has a great sense of humor and had the audience laughing throughout the clinic. Sensei Shintaro went over more turn overs and how to counter the opponent’s defending positions. His explanations were also easy to follow and soon all of the judoka were performing the moves with ease.

The second portion of this clinic focused on Sensei Sato’s variation of Morote-Seoi-Nage and Sensei Nakano’s deashi-harai. After practicing these techniques, judoka were able to implement the techniques they learned with some ne-waza and randori.

Clinic 2

The 66th Annual San Jose Buddhist Judo Club and 22nd “Sensei Memorial” Invitational Judo Tournament Clinic

The second clinic was held at San Jose State University on Saturday, February 8, 2014. Sensei Yosh Uchida along with Sensei Vaughn Imada opened the clinic with intruductions. Participants from other states and countries were introduced and thanked for participating in this clinic. There were judoka from all over California, Nevada, Idaho, Utah and as far away as Vancouver BC Canada. The San Jose State team was also present and this made for a wonderful experience for all.

The group was separated into Black Belts and non-Black belts and each clinician took turns working with both groups. Some of the same techniques that were taught at the Petaluma clinic were shown, but with an emphasis on Kaeshi-waza and Go no sen.

Since this clinic was the day before the the San Jose 66th annual tournament, there was an air of urgency in the black belt group. The judoka hung off every word, hoping to learn something that would give them an edge in competition. Everyone was working toward the same goal and it was amazing to watch. The rabdori and ne waza was intense, but reserved as no one wanted to get hurt or expend too much energy.

The non-black belt group was mixed ages and belts. The kids listened aptly, but still found time to joke and play. They seemed to enjoy the clinic immensely.

Both Clinicians have a way with kids and make learning new techniques fun. They encourage the children to improve while giving suggestions on how to change during ne waza and randori sessions. It was evident that both clinicians enjoyed “rolling” with the children.

Thank you both sensei Aiko Sato and sensei Shintaro Nakano for putting on the excellent and successful clinics.

An Inspirational Clinic with Kevin Asano

“You don’t have win a gold medal, to know what it feels like to be a gold medal winner in your heart” is the message Kevin Asano brought to City College of San Francisco.

On Saturday, January 25th 2014, CENCO and HOKKA yudanshakai co-sponsored a clinic featuring Mr. Kevin Asano, the current USJF President. As many know, Sensei Asano won a Silver medal in the 1988 Olympic games in Seoul, Korea. At the clinic, Sensei Asano taught his version of Yoko Tomoe Nage, as well as a few variations. Sensei Asano also showed some techniques and exercises that judoka could practice to help them perfect their Yoko Tomoe Nage. The second portion of the clinic was focused around Okuri Eri Jime, the sliding lapel strangle, and how to transition into other chokes and arm bars.

At the end of the clinic, Sensei Asano talked about the sacrifices he and other Olympians willingly make on their path to the Olympics. Both master and junior judoka sat enraptued while Sensei Asano recounted each of his matches from the 1988 Olympic Games. One of the stories that stood out was how Sensei Asano had lost his fnal match to the Korean, Kim Jae-Yup.

As Sensei Asano was walking back to the starting line, eighteen years flashed through his mind, all of the hardships, all of the setbacks that he endured to get to this point. He wondered what it was like to win the Gold medal. So he raised his hands in victory, even though he had just lost the match. At that moment, he could feel what it was like to win the Gold.

Sensei Asano on the mat

Sensei Asano’s passion and love for Judo were evident to all as they listened to the details of each fight. Toward the end of his stories, Sensei Asano’s eyes welled up as he spoke of family, friendships and people that shaped his life. The stories were both awe inspiring as well as motivational. I couldn’t help but think that one day, in the not so distant future, another judoka, with tears in their eyes, will be telling a story about how Sensei Asano motivated them to with the gold!