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James Murray

James Murray © 2024, Jim Murray, all rights reserved James Murray Judo Biography Jim Murray has been a stalwart figure in the world of Judo, combining his passion for the sport with a steadfast commitment to community service and youth development. Born and...

Roy Englert

Roy Englert © 2024, Roy E Nanjo, all rights reserved Roy Englert Judo Biography Roy Englert was born in December 1958 in Alexandria, VA. He received a degree in Mathematics from Princeton at age 19 and followed with a Juris Doctor Degree from Harvard at age 22....

Frances M Glaze

Frances Glaze © 2024, Frances Glaze, all rights reserved Judo Biography Frances Glaze’s journey in the world of Judo is a testament to resilience, dedication, and unwavering passion for the sport. Her odyssey began amidst the halls of the YMCA while she...

Tad Nalls

Michael Tad Nalls © 2024, Roy Nanjo, all rights reserved Judo Biography USJF Rokudan, IJF- B level referee, International Coach, Sensei at Georgetown/Washington Judo Club (WJC) at Georgetown University Past competitor in Collegiate and Masters (now Veterans)...

Frank Morales

© 2024, USJF, all rights reserved Frank N. Morales Jr.  Judo Biography Sometimes in life it is easy to overlook the influence and consistency of some people, maybe it is because of their ubiquity or their quiet, humble and behind the scenes presence....

Karen Whilden

© 2024 Roy E Nanjo, all rights reserved Karen Whilden Judo Biography Karen started judo in college in 1970 and has continued practicing judo ever since. Upon returning home from college, she found a wealth of judo in Los Angeles (Nanka) which meant that judo did...

Fran Vall

Fran Vall © 2024 photo courtesy of Chuck Medani Judo Biography  Fran Vall is one of those small, quiet people who are easily missed in a dojo, but she has created an outsized and outstanding impact as a kata competitor, instructor, technical official,...

Edwin Takemori

© 2024, Roy E Nanjo, all rights reserved Edwin Takemori Judo Biography Edwin Takemori, a highly accomplished judoka, achieved his Shodan (1st degree black belt) in 1957 and currently holds the prestigious rank of Hachidan (8th degree black belt). His journey in...

Clark Edson, Sensei Tohoku Judo Club

Dale Swett, Head Instructor, Tohoku Judo Club, writes: Tohoku Judo Club is saddened to share the news of the passing of our revered Head Sensei Clark Edson on April 29, at age 78. Clark Sensei began Judo in Berkeley, CA, where he was raised. He trained extensively at...
Hayward Nishioka Awarded 10th Degree Black Belt

Hayward Nishioka Awarded 10th Degree Black Belt

Breaking News: On April 6, 2024 at the USJF Spring Board of Directors Meeting in Washington D.C.,  Sensei Hayward Nishioka was awarded the 10th-degree black belt! This prestigious honor is a testament to his unparalleled dedication, expertise, and lifelong commitment...