Kuniko Takeuchi (last updated 12 Apr 2019)
Kuniko Takeuchi

Kuniko Takeuchi

Inducted 2019


  • 8th Dan – USA Judo, USJF, PJU, IJF, Kodokan
  • Member, Teacher’s Institute – USA Judo, US Judo Federation
  • Member, Promotion Committee – US Judo Federation
  • Instructor at Okubo Judo Club – Sacramento, CA
  • Chairperson, USA Judo Kata Operational Committee 2000–2009
  • Class A Certified Kata Judge – USA Judo
  • Director, PJC Kata Commission
  • PJC Kata Judge and Coordinator
  • IJF Kata Commissioner and Judge
  • Kata Judge for 1st Kodokan International Judo Kata Tournament
  • Technical Staff, 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games for Judo
  • Instructor at Kodokan Women’s section – Tokyo, Japan. 1962–1968
  • Guest instructor at YMCA Judo Club – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 1964
  • Guest instructor at Shiwa kwai Judo Club – Grimsby, England. 1966
  • Joshi Judo Camp Instructor, 1974–1995
  • Coach, World Championship – Hamilton, Canada. 1993
  • Manager, World Championship – Maastricht, The Netherlands. 1986
  • Manager, Fukuoka International Women’s Championships – Fukuoka, Japan. 1985–1992

Educations and Degrees

Kuniko with Toshiro Daigo
Kuniko is with Toshiro Daigo. Toshiro Daigo is the Chief instructor at Kodokan and former manager of the Japanese national team. He is one of three living Kodokan 10th dan.

  • Graduated Nippon Physical Education University – Tokyo, Japan
  • Graduated, California State University Sacramento – Sacramento, CA
  • Graduated International Christian University – Taipei, Taiwan
  • Doctor of Philosophy – Education
  • Master of Art – Physical Education
  • Retired Physical Education Teacher
  • Part time Taiko Drumming teacher at High School
  • Instructor, American Red Cross – First Aid and CPR


with the Foreign Minister's Commendation
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs awarded her the Foreign Minister’s Commendation in honor of the 70th anniversary of the end of the war.

  • Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation 2015
  • Faye Allen Award, USA Judo – 2003
  • Outstanding Women’s Award in Sports YWCA – Sacramento, 1986
  • Instructor of the Year YMCA-Sacramento, 1986