David Matsumoto
David Matsumoto

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David Matsumoto

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Current Positions

Founder and Program Director, East Bay Judo Institute (2015-current)

Daiheigen Yudanshakai, Board of Examiners Chair (2020-current)

Judo Awards, Honors, and Fellowships

  • United States Olympic Committee 2003 Coach of the Year in Judo.
  • United States Judo Federation 2003 Senior Female Coach of the Year.
  • Outstanding Poster Presentation Award Co-Author, 3rd International Judo Federation World Judo Conference Research Symposium, Osaka, Japan (September, 2003).
  • Misumi Award, Asian Association for Social Psychology and Japanese Group Dynamics Association, 2003.
  • United States Judo Federation 2002 Senior Female Coach of the Year (July, 2003).
  • United States Judo Federation 2001 Youth Female Coach of the Year (July, 2002).
  • United States Judo Federation 2001 Senior Female Coach of the Year (July, 2002).
  • Outstanding Poster Presentation Award Co-Author, 2nd International Judo Federation
    World Judo Conference, Munich, Germany (July 2001).
  • United States Olympic Committee Developmental Coach of the Year Award in Judo U.S. Olympic Committee (September, 1999).

Judo Invited Talks

  • “Scientific approaches to judo therapy” (in Japanese). Kyobun Gakuen Tokyo Judo Seifuku Senmon Gakko, Tokyo, Japan (November, 2004).
  • “Thinking differently about the teaching of judo in Japan.” International Symposium on Japanese Budo, International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto, Japan. (November, 2003).
  • “Development across the lifespan and its implications for the teaching of judo.” 3rd International Judo Federation World Judo Conference, Osaka, Japan. (September, 2003).
  • “Judo Seifukushi in the 21st Century.” Tokyo College of Judo Therapy, Kyobun College. Tokyo, Japan. (December, 2002).
  • “The New Japan: Thoughts about Judo and Culture.” International Symposium on Budo, Kokushikan University, Tokyo, Japan. (November, 2001).
  • “Judo and Science.” Invited lecture to the First International Judo Federation Judo Conference, Birmingham, England (October, 1999).
  • “Psychological Foundations of Judo Training.” Opening lecture to the 1999 U.S.J.I. National Judo Conference, Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, CO (September, 1999).
  • “The Internationalization of Judo.” Tokyo Seinan Rotary Club, Tokyo, Japan (April, 1998).
  • “Coaching and Managing for United States Judo.” Fourth Annual United States Judo, Inc.
  • National Judo Coaches Conference. United States Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, CO (September, 1997).
  • “The Importance of Scientific Research to the International Development of Judo: The Contribution of Basic Psychological Research on Color to the Problem of Color Judogi.” The 2nd International Judo Symposium (Medical and Scientific Aspects), Tokyo, Japan (November, 1996).
  • Coaching Judo in the 1990s. First National Judo Coaches Convention. United States Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado. (June, 1994).

Past Judo Related Professional Positions

  • International Advisor, Kyobun College (Tokyo School of Judo Therapy (2000–2008)
  • Official Researcher, International Judo Federation (1998–2007)
  • Chairman, National Technical Research Subcommittee, US Judo Federation (2000–2007)
  • Head Instructor, East Bay Judo Institute (1984–2015)

Past Judo Related Professional Activities

  • Director, 5th International Judo Federation World Judo Research Symposium. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 2007.
  • Co-Director, 4th International Judo Federation World Judo Conference and World Research Symposium, Cairo, Egypt, September 2005.
  • Director, 3rd US Judo Federation Judo Conference. Honolulu, HI. July, 2004.
  • Session Chairman, 2004 International Judo Federation Education and Coaching Commission Seminars, Athens, Greece, January, 2004.
  • Co-Director, 3rd International Judo Federation World Judo Conference and World Research Symposium, Osaka, Japan, September, 2003.
  • Director, 2nd US Judo Federation Judo Conference. San Francisco, CA. June, 2003.
  • Director, 1st US Judo Federation Judo Conference, San Francisco, CA. June, 2002.
  • Co-Director, 2nd International Judo Federation World Judo Conference, Munich, Germany, July 2001.
  • Guest Editor, Special Issue on Emotion, Asian Journal of Social Psychology
  • Director, First International Judo Federation World Judo Conference. International Conference Center, Birmingham, England, October, 1999.
  • Director, National Judo Conference. United States Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, CO, September, 1999.
  • Chairman, International Research Symposium, United States Judo, Inc. National Coaches Conference. United States Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, CO, September, 1998.
  • Director, National Judo Conference. United States Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, CO, September, 1998.
  • Chairman, International Research Symposium, United States Judo, Inc. National Judo Coaches Conference. United States Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, CO, September, 1997.
  • Director, National Judo Coaches Conference. United States Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, CO, September, 1997.
  • Chairman, International Research Symposium, United States Judo, Inc. National Judo Coaches Conference. United States Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, CO, September, 1996.
  • Chairman, International Research Symposium, United States Judo, Inc. National Judo Coaches Conference. United States Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, CO, June, 1995.
  • Judo Colloquia, Special Seminars, and Workshops Presented
  • Guest Lecture, “Compassionate Judo Therapists.” Kyobun College of Tokyo Judo Therapy, Tokyo, Japan (November, 2006).
  • Lecturer, “Recent studies on judo: What they mean to you.” United States Judo Federation Research Seminar, Houston, TX (April, 2006).
  • Guest Lecture, “Judo Therapy and Human Emotions.” Kyobun College of Tokyo Judo Therapy, Tokyo, Japan (November, 2005).
  • Coach Certification Clinic, Harbor Judo Dojo, Los Angeles, CA (January, 2004).
  • Seminar on “Sports and Morality.” Tokyo School of Judo Therapy (Kyobun Gakuen), Tokyo, Japan (December, 2001).

Past Judo Community Service

  • Official Researcher, International Judo Federation (March, 1998 to September, 2007)
  • Chairman, Development Committee, United States Judo Federation (2000 – 2006)
  • Past President, Japanese Newcomers Services (Nobirukai) (August 2000 – January 2001)
  • National Coach, USA Judo (1989 – 1996)
  • Program Director of Development, United States Judo, Inc. (October, 1996–December, 2000)
  • Tournament Director, 2000 USJF Jr., Youth, Team, and Kata National Championships
  • Tournament Director, 2000 USA Judo Jr. Olympics
  • Chairman, National Coaching and Training Subcommittee and National Coaching Staff, United States Judo, Inc. (1993-1996)
  • Team Leader, U.S. Judo Team to the 1995 Pacific Rim Invitational Judo Championships (Sydney, Australia)
  • Tournament Director, 1996 U.S. Senior National Judo Championships (San Jose, CA)
  • Tournament Director, 1996 USJF Jr., Youth, and Team National Championships (Oakland, CA)
  • Team Leader, U.S. Judo Team to the 1995 World Championships (Chiba, Japan)
  • Team Leader, U.S. Judo Team to the 1996 Summer Olympic Games (Atlanta, GA)
  • Delegation Chief, U.S. Judo Team to the 1997 World Championships (Paris, France)
  • Delegation Chief, U.S. Judo Team to the 1999 World Championships (Birmingham, England)

Certifications

  • Class A Teacher, United States Judo Federation (since 1991)
  • Program for Athletic Coaches Education (PACE), Levels I and II (1996)
  • Class A Coach, United States Judo Federation (since 1996)
  • Class A International Coach, USA Judo (since 1996)
  • Class A Referee, International Judo Federation (since 1999)
  • Teacher’s Certification, All Seven Katas of Judo (since 2001)

Judo Related Books

  • Willingham, Bob, & Matsumoto, D. (2007). The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Bristol, United Kingdom: The World of Judo Publications.
  • Brousse, M. & Matsumoto, D. (2005). Judo in the U.S.: A century of dedication. Berkeley, CA: United States Judo Federation and North Atlantic Books.
  • Brousse, M., & Matsumoto, D. (1999). Judo: A sport and a way of life. Seoul, Korea: International Judo Federation. (Also translated into Slovenian and Iranian.)
  • Matsumoto, D. (1996). Introduction to Kodokan Judo: History and philosophy. Tokyo, Japan: Hon no Tomo Sha.

Judo Related Videos

  • Matsumoto, D., & Vinson, C. (2007). The world of judo. Ontario, OR: The United States Judo Federation and Matsumoto/Vinson Enterprises.
  • Matsumoto, D. (1996). What is judo? Santa Rosa, CA: Vinson/Matsumoto Enterprises.

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Summary from Daiheigen Judo Yudanshakai

Coaching

Dr. Matsumoto was the head instructor and coach for Berkeley Judo Club and the East Bay Judo Institute. He was a national coach for USA Judo from 1989-1996. Since the 1980s through 2015 he has consistently produced medalists at all levels of competition including national and international. His athletes have represented our country at the highest levels of international competition including Pan American Championships, the World Championships, and also the Olympic Games. His most successful athletes include 2008 Olympian and Junior World Silver Medalist Sayaka Torra and 2012 IJF Olympic Qualified Alternate Michael Eldred. He has been recognized by the USOC as the Developmental Coach of the Year in Judo 1999 and Coach of the Year in Judo 2003. He has also been recognized by the USJF as the Senior Female Coach of the Year in 2002 & 2003, and also as the Youth Female Coach of the Year in 2002. Over the last 30 years, he has built the East Bay Judo Institute into a large dojo with an average annual membership of 100+ a testament to quality of their instruction and programs.

Tournament

Dr. Matsumoto has demonstrated his major tournament management and administrative excellence in serving as the Event Director for several national events that include: 1994(?) US National Ladder Championships, 1996 USJF Jr., Youth, & Team National Championships, 1996 U.S. Senior National Championships, 2000 USJF Jr., Youth, Team, and Kata National Championships, and 2000 USA Judo Jr. Olympics. As a certified tournament official, Dr Matsumoto received his International Referee (A) license from the IJF.

Program Administrator

Dr. Matsumoto was USJF’s first Executive Secretary early in the 1980. That position eventually evolved into Dr. Matsumoto becoming our first Executive Director and eventual creation of the National Office to provide service to our members. He also served as our Development Committee Chairperson for a number of years. He also did a stint from 1996-2000 as USA Judo’s Director of Development. During this time, he served as the Team Leader or Delegation Chief to the Olympic Games and several world championships.

Other Contributions

The application of Dr. Matsumoto’s intellect and drive for truth have provided USJF judo with numerous foundational data points and principles. He has conducted and published judo specific research to help promote judo and it’s benefits. He has had several books on judo that he has authored or co-authored these include: the history book published by USJF, Judo in the U.S.: A Century of Dedication; Introduction to Kodokan Judo: History and Philosophy; Judo: A Sport and a Way of Life; and The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat. Dr. Matsumoto is one of only two (2) individuals recognized as official International Judo Federation Researchers.

On behalf of USJF, he has dabbled in video production to produce two (2) well-received introductory judo videos to help expose and produce an educational experience for those new to judo.

Judo Pioneer

Dr. Matsumoto’s extensive foundation in research and education motivated him to push more education for teachers and coaches. This foundation led to pioneering the national judo conference programs for both USJF and USA Judo. Additional educational momentum pioneered the creation of the original IJF World Judo Conference in 1999 and the International Association of Judo Researchers. His passion for education in judo has innovated opportunities in education and higher exposure for judo teachers, coaches, and students.