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Jerry Hazemoto

January 29, 2023

1st the Move  

1st the Move  

Then, we begin Judo practice @ Flip1stGymnastics 13 February

For new people planning to join our Dojo

Hollywood Scrimmage V

Joint Venice/Sawtelle Judo practices

Mask recommendations

Dojo tournament/event schedule

The cerebral corner

IJF Judo Rules, 2022-2024, next Olympic cycle, Paris 2024

The Rules of Judo (Don’t Do This)

When you finished changing, you’re finished.

-Benjamin Franklin-

1st the Move-scheduled Sunday 5 February

The move-in of gymnastics equipment into the new gymnasium is now scheduled on Sunday 5 February @ 10:00 am. The move will move storage from Inglewood to its new location.

Flip1stGymnastics

1908-C Lincoln Blvd.

Santa Monica, CA. 90405

We already have at least twelve people planning on assisting with the move throughout the day. We will load two 26’ trucks filled to the brim with gymnastics equipment. With more people, the loading and unloading process will be much faster. Last month, we moved out of the JIS into storage in two and a half hours.

Gym sprung floor

Tumbling track

Assorted mats & crash pads

Parallel and uneven bars

Other assorted equipment

Furniture

Office equipment & supplies

Etc.

A contractor will first load and move the gym sprung floor panels and install the floor in the new location.

During the following week of 6-12 February, Flip1stGymnastics, will be setting up for its brand new, spacious 6,800 sq. ft. facility in Santa Monica and hosting its Grand Opening on Monday 13 February.

For those available to assist with the move on Sunday 5 February, please contact via email or text for more detailed moving information. Along with assisting in the move, you will have a preview of what the vast facility will look like.

We begin Judo practice @ Flip1stGymnastics 13 February

It’s official. Flip1stGymnastics has announced its Grand Opening on Monday 13 February.

Which means for Sawtelle Judo Dojo, we will resume there at our regular practice times & dates, in just two weeks.

Little Kids’ (4-6 years old)-Wednesday, & Friday 5:15-5:45 pm

Juniors’ (6-12 years old)-Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 6:00-7:00 pm

Seniors’ (13 years old and older) Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 7:30-9:30 pm

We will be using the gymnasium sprung floor, 40’x40’, a little larger than at the JIS. However, we may half to split the floor for their gymnastics classes at times. Remember that we are guests in this facility. Please do not use any of the gymnastics equipment. At times, we will be sharing the gymnasium, its sprung floor especially, with Flip1stGymnastics. Do not abuse this privilege.

Flip1stGymnastics is on the southwest corner of Lincoln and Pico Blvd., about 3-1/2 miles west of old location at the JIS. It is located in the back corner of the strip mall where a Starbucks Coffee sits on the street corner. Flip1stGymnastics is just blocks away from Santa Monica High School and about a mile from Santa Monica Beach and Pier.

Dan Levi, the owner of Flip1stGymnastics, has generously opened his new gym to our Dojo on a temporary basis. At our holiday party, we thanked him with a standing ovation for his generosity. So, we look forward to some exciting times ahead.

For new people planning to join our Dojo

New people may join our practice on Monday 13 February at Flip1stGymnastics. We will accept new members beginning on Wednesday 8 February. For further enrollment information, contact via email, sawtellejudo@gmail.com or phone, 310 463-4962.

Please include age, height, and weight for correct fitting Judogi.

Hollywood Scrimmage V

For our Seniors, if you are interested in participating in the Hollywood Scrimmage V on Sunday 12 February at noon, please let us know by replying to this email. The 1st ten respondents will be able to compete.

Joint Venice/Sawtelle Judo practices

We will continue to work out at Venice until Friday 10 February.

Venice Judo Club

Venice Japanese Community Center

12448 Braddock Dr.

Los Angeles, CA. 90066

For the next few weeks, we will be practicing there.

Their hours

Tuesday 7:00-8:30 pm

Friday 7:00-9:00 pm

At Venice Judo Club, their entire membership workouts at the same time, Juniors & Seniors at the same time. They have enough mats to cover an entire basketball court, which would be 3 times the area of our mat area. So, we should have space to split the mat area for a joint Juniors & Seniors practice.

Please make sure that you turn in your COVID waiver forms and parking instructions for the Venice Japanese Community Center. The forms were sent to our active membership in a prior email. You will be denied access if you do not complete these forms and present them to the Venice Judo Club administrator, Kevin Murchan.

COVID requirements

You must be COVID vaccinated and boosted in order to practice Judo with Sawtelle Judo Dojo.

Mask recommendations

Due to rising cases of COVID, and other respiratory illnesses, LA County Health Dept. has issued an advisory to wear masks indoors.

Dojo & tournament schedule

For links to major regional and national tournaments, clinics, and seminars, please visit the Nanka Judo Yudanshakai (Southern California Black Belt Association) website @ https://www.nankajudo.com/calendar/list/

2023

Kata practice Saturday 4 February, 9:00-12:00 pm, Anaconda Academy, Gardena, CA

San Fernando Valley Judo Kohaku Shiai Sunday 5 February, Pacoima, CA

Hollywood Scrimmage V, Sunday 12 February, 12:00-2:00 pm, Hollywood Judo Dojo, Hollywood, CA

Dojo Grand Opening @ Flip1stGymnastics, Monday 13 February, Flip1stGymnastics, Santa Monica, CA

Kata practice Saturday 18 February, 9:00-12:00 pm, Anaconda Academy, Gardena, CA

Hollywood Juniors’ Scrimmage III, Sunday 26 February, 12:00-2:00 pm, Hollywood Judo Dojo, Hollywood, CA

Cerebral Corner

For our Juniors’ learning

Uki Goshi

O Goshi

O Soto Gari

Morote Seoi Nage

Tai Otoshi

De Ashi Barai

Ko Uchi Gari

O Uchi Gari

Sasae Tsurikomi Ashi

Okuri Ashi Barai

Uchimata

Harai Goshi

Tsurikomi Goshi

Find the technique you want to learn. Remember what it means in English.

Click to watch the animation.

Visualize. Shut your eyes and picture the technique in your mind’s eye.

Practice. Start slowly. Build skill before speed.

For everyone’s review

Here are demonstrations videos published by the Kodokan and approved by the IJF Academy.

Uki Goshi

O Goshi

O Soto Gari

Morote Seoi Nage

Tai Otoshi

De Ashi Barai

Ko Uchi Gari

O Uchi Gari

Sasae Tsurikomi Ashi

Okuri Ashi Barai

Tsurikomi Goshi

Uchimata

Harai Goshi

Hane Goshi

Tomoe Nage

Sumi Gaeshi

Uki Otoshi

Sumi Otoshi

IJF Judo Rules, 2022-2024, next Olympic cycle, Paris 2024

Here is the latest YouTube video hosted by Neil Adams, the main commentator of IJF events, reviewing the latest rule changes.

The Rules of Judo (Don’t Do This)

This video, The Rules of Judo (Don’t Do This), is more entertaining. But don’t do this, especially in front of Osugi Sensei. Then, you’ll surely remember not to do it, again. For Juniors, it could mean winning a white belt.

Hiroyuki Akimoto is a former 2010 World Champion @ 73 kg and now designs his own line of BJJ/Judo gear, Kimono Fighter.

“When you are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”

-Victor Frankl-

January 17, 2023

Joint Venice/Sawtelle Judo practices

We are eternally grateful to start Judo practice this year at Venice Judo Club as we await the Grand Opening of Flip1stGymnastics. Thank you to the Venice Judo Club, especially to Trace, Trent, & Tara Nishiyama Senseis to your club to our membership.

We began Judo practice last Tuesday 10 January @ 7:00 pm at Venice Judo Club. Our initial plans to begin practice at Flip1stGymnastics on Monday 9 January have changed due to construction delays. We will now plan on start Judo practice at Flip1stGymnastics in late January/early February. For the interim, Venice Judo Club has opened their Dojo for us to practice.

Venice Judo Club

Venice Japanese Community Center

12448 Braddock Dr.

Los Angeles, CA. 90066

For the next few weeks, we will be practicing there.

Their hours

Tuesday 7:00-8:30 pm

Friday 7:00-9:00 pm

During the school year, they finish earlier on Tuesday nights.

At Venice Judo Club, their entire membership workouts at the same time, Juniors & Seniors at the same time. They have enough mats to cover an entire basketball court, which would be 3 times the area of our mat area. So, we should have space to split the mat area for a joint Juniors & Seniors practice.

Please make sure that you turn in your COVID waiver forms and parking instructions for the Venice Japanese Community Center. The forms were sent to our active membership in a prior email. You will be denied access if you do not complete these forms and present them to the Venice Judo Club administrator, Kevin Murchan.

In the spirit of Jita Kyoei, mutual welfare, and benefit, we request that everyone from Sawtelle Judo Dojo, Senior members and the parents, relatives, and friends of our Junior members assist in the setup and cleanup the mats as soon as the basketball session ends at 7:00 pm. With everyone’s assistance, it should take about 10-15 minutes to rollout the mat pallets, layout the mats in rows of 11 across, and with a red mat area on the far end. Once the mats are down, get ready for practice. In advance, you may get dressed in the Women’s room on the far end of the gymnasium on the left side. The men may change in the restroom in the glass foyer visible to the left of the main gym entrance to the left. The blue Men’s room sign is visible on the left side of the foyer.

The Venice Japanese Community Center has a very true sense and value of community. It shows in their mutual circle of trust. Let’s show our extreme gratitude for letting us practice there while we wait for Flip1stGymnastics opens.

January 9, 2023

Joint Judo practice at Venice Judo Club for now

Displaced by the renovation of the Japanese Institute of Sawtelle, Sawtelle Judo Dojo will start practicing at Venice Judo Club tomorrow night, Tuesday 10 January.

Venice Judo Club

Venice Japanese Community Center (VJCC)

12448 Braddock Dr.

Los Angeles, CA. 90066

Here are their hours.

Tuesday 7:00-8:30 pm

Friday 7:00-9:00 pm

This is a temporary joint practice session as we wait for the completion of Flip1stGymnastics later this month.Once Flip1stGymnastics opens, we will return to our regular schedule on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings.

Little Kids 5:15-5:45 pm (Wednesday & Friday only)

Juniors 6:00-7:00 pm

Seniors 7:30-9:30 pm

Flip1stGymnastics
1908-C Lincoln Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA. 90405

Get ready to block out one of the upcoming weekends to help Flip1stGymnastics move in and prepare their gymnasium for their grand opening and preview the new facility.

January 9, 2023

Timeless

Here is an interesting, tattered artifact lost in history that was removed from our community board as we vacated the Japanese Institute of Sawtelle. This frail piece of paper documents the By Laws of Sawtelle Judo Dojo written back in the day, probably in the late 1920’s or early 1930’s considering some of the written language used in this document is very old and not used now. We first occupied the original community center building in 1929. 


It outlines the Board membership structure with one President, four Vice-Presidents, two accountants, six supervisors, one Secretary and a number of other roles. A 2/3 majority vote was required for any motion to be approved.


It shows the membership tuition structure as follows.
Initiation membership fee-$15Single membership-$5/monthSecond family membership-$8/monthThree family membership-$10/month
It seems like a very small amount.


However, if this document was posted in 1929, those amounts adjusted in today’s dollars (2023) would be the following.


Initiation membership fee-$261

Single membership-$87/month

Second family membership-$139/month

Three family membership-$174/month


However, if this document was posted in 1950 after Kikuchi Sensei & company resurrected our Dojo after World War II, these amounts adjusted in today’s dollars (2023) would be the following.

Initiation membership fee-$185

Single membership-$61/month

Second family membership-$99/month

Three family membership-$122/month


There’s our history lesson of the day.

#judo #sawtelle #losangeles #legacy #nonprofit #communitybased #volunteer #backintheday #lostintime

January 2, 2023

Quo Vadis-Judo?

When I first got into Judo, it was considered a true martial art from Japan and was not even thought of as a sport. At this time, and in the area that I grew up, the Sensei’s who taught Judo were all from Japan and therefore the language that they used to convey techniques (was) in Japanese. Consequently, the devotees, students or Judokas, however that you would like to call them, were predominantly of Japanese extraction. It was also a common practice among the Japanese families who lived in the rural farming areas that the boys would learn some form of martial art and the girls would learn the classical Japanese art form for girls such as flower arrangement or Japanese Dance or Tea Ceremony, etc.

It was thus that I had to sacrifice some of my precious playtime to enter into this strange world of Japanese martial arts. As I progressed, I slowly came to realize that judo is not just learning to fall, throw, and get thrown or whatever else that can be seen. This is the simple part of Judo. Judo has taught me that one is not alone in this world, and in order to survive, one must give as well as take.

You learn from your predecessors, from your peers, and yes, even from your subordinates. One must not only be grateful for the learning experience, which really is a never-ending process, but be ready to pass on his expertise to others, willingly, to the benefit of others who ask for it. “JITA KYO-EI” is one of the two most important mottoes that we, in Judo, follow. It means, “You scratch my back and I’ll scratch your back and we’ll both be happy for it.” The experienced will teach the inexperienced and in this way, both will benefit and improve themselves.

In 1964, Judo was accepted by the Olympic Committee on a trial basis, and has since then received permanent status as an Olympic sport. This, I believe, was the turning point for Judo. This is when it turned a form of martial art into a sport. This is when “To win” became the most important priority in Judo. When Judo was still a martial art, to win in competition was important, but it was not the most important commodity. It was how one achieved victory. It was victory with honor. It was a victory achieved through superior execution of techniques or physical endurance.

Today, this has changed. Today, victory is achieved through one-upmanship. The need for superior execution of techniques and physical endurance has not changed, but what has changed is the attitude or thinking of what superior techniques mean. It seems that today, this means that is okay to put your opponent’s body in jeopardy in order to achieve success, because a lot of the techniques I see used today can cause injuries. The prevalent use of arm-bar techniques are not only encouraged, but are used indiscriminately. Before Judo became a sport, arm-bars could not be used by a black belt against a brown belt, and rarely would he use the choke hold against a brown belt, because of the disparity in rank and expertise. Today, it is winning at all cost, without a thought given to the well-being or future or your opponent.

“Quo Vadis” is Latin for “Whither goest thou?” or “Where are you going?”(Article reproduced from Sawtelle Judo News, April, 1996, p.1-2) by the late Ed Osugi, Rokudan

December 21, 2022

Our Move and Judo in 2023

When you change the way, you look at things, the things you look at change.

-Albert Einstein-

Our move from the JIS

For those of you who attended our holiday party, we also celebrated our last evening in the auditorium of the Japanese Institute of Sawtelle (JIS). Our lease is up at the end of year at a location that we have been at since 1929 when the JIS was just a small square building on the lot. We will be displaced. In February 2023, the JIS will undergo renovating the aging facility by the first four classrooms by modernizing and upgrading its use of future use. Phase I construction will last 4-6 months. In that time, access to the auditorium will be blocked by construction equipment, scaffolding, and other construction materials. Phase II covers the renovation of the auditorium. The scope of Phase II will decrease the auditorium floor space by 1/3, remove our storage and changing rooms for a school office and HVAC equipment.

Given this situation, we have moved out our entire inventory, our mats and other equipment and supplies, into storage until we secure a new location to practice. We have looked into local parks, churches, and community centers. However, due to impacted programs, limited space, and lack of storage, it has been very challenging to find a suitable location to fit our needs. We have also been investigating securing a commercial lease, a venture into a new realm for our Dojo would transform our Dojo and the way we conduct our organization. We have realtors assisting us in activity and also consulting with local city organizations to the possibility of being a city-contracted service.

There is a lot of history in the place. It is a poignant moment. The place vitally needs the improvements. For us, it is time to move on. Thank you very much to those helped out moving everything out of the JIS last weekend in incredibly fast 2-1/2 hours.

Judo in 2023

In the meantime, when we return to Judo practice next year, January 2023, we will be part of the Grand Opening of Flip1stGymnastics, owned by Dan Levi, a good friend of mine. He and his teenage daughter are former members of Sawtelle Judo Dojo. Flip1stGymnastics will open a brand new, spacious 6,800 sq. ft. facility in Santa Monica. Currently, the facility is undergoing final buildout and city inspection. Dan plans to have movers move and install his large gymnastics equipment next week. Included in this move will be their main gymnastics sprung floor, a bouncy 40’x40’. 4” springs are mounted onto the back of plywood sheets, assembled together into a 40’x40’ pattern. This plywood surface is then covered with a solid 2” foam layer with carpet over that. That is where we will hold Judo practice in January.

Your ukemis will definitely have a bounce to them. We will have more space to practice since the mat area is 10% larger, 1,600 sq. ft., and square in shape. As guests, let’s keep this gymnasium clean, don’t use the gymnastics equipment at all and honor the privilege of using this location.

Dan Levi has graciously opened his new gym to our Dojo on a temporary basis until we can secure a new location for ourselves. At our holiday party, we thanked him with a standing ovation for his generosity. So, we look forward to some exciting times ahead. Grand opening is slated for Monday 9 January, pending final buildout and city inspections. If you are willing assist Dan move and installed equipment, come on down for an early preview in late December/early January. Details will be posted in upcoming newsletters.

Flip1stGymnastics

1908-C Lincoln Blvd.

Santa Monica, CA. 90405

It is on the southwest corner of Lincoln and Pico Blvd., about 3-1/2 miles west of old location at the JIS. Flip1stGymnastics is located in the back corner of the strip mall where a Starbucks Coffee sits on the street corner. Flip1stGymnastics is just blocks away from Santa Monica High School and about a mile from Santa Monica Beach and Pier.

The cerebral corner

Here is a YouTube video that resonates throughout the Judo community, “Education for Life | Judoka, Shintaro Nakano,” on why people practice and teach Judo. Nakano Sensei is the head instructor of the Nakano Judo Academy in San Jose, CA.

November 21, 2022

Thanksgiving Week

“It may seem difficult at first, but everything is difficult at first.”

-Miyamoto Musashi, famed 17th century Samurai-

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”

Colin Powell, former US Army Chief of Staff, & US Defense Secretary-

“Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they’re making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as punishment. And that’s the difference.”

– Lou Holtz, football coach Notre Dame University-

Hollywood Juniors’ Scrimmage II

After their in-house tournament, our Juniors traveled for a pre-Thanksgiving scrimmage at Hollywood Judo Dojo this afternoon. The kids had more competitive practice and went onto their natural way of being, mayhem, after the scrimmage and energized with some popsicles. Thank you, our parents, for their support. Thank you to Senseis Erick Mendez and Philippe Morotti of Hollywood Judo Dojo for hosting and organizing our second scrimmage together. Thank you to Sensei Yazmin Bojaca-Bott for coaching and supporting our Juniors.

Thanksgiving Week

We will be open for Judo practice on Monday.

We will be closed for Judo practice on Wednesday and Friday this week, 23 & 25 November.

Day-After Thanksgiving Hike

On the day after Thanksgiving, 26 Saturday 26 November, we will hike Los Liones Canyon to Parker Mesa Overlook. Meet at the end of Los Liones Dr., off Sunset Blvd., at the beginning of the trailhead.

Enjoy this 7.1-mile out-and-back trail near Pacific Palisades, California. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 3 h 45 min to complete. This is a very popular area for birding, hiking, and walking, so you’ll likely encounter other people while exploring. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime. You’ll need to leave pups at home — dogs aren’t allowed on this trail.

October 24, 2022

Our Year’s Crescendo looms

An interesting article about trends in Japanese Judo

“Kosei Inoue: World Championships, Children and the Significance of Judo”

Whether they win or lose, participation in matches instills children with confidence that serves them well as a source of strength in daily life.

Read more on…..

An Overemphasis on Winning

Benefits of Competition

Judo Exchange Activity with Ukrainian Youngsters

Kosei Inoue , now serving in leadership roles at the All-Japan Judo Federation, is the former national coach of

Japan’s men’s judo team and former Olympic and World judo champion and president of NPO Judos

Upcoming events

Hands-on Police Judo Workshop

Here’s a reminder for the Nanka Hands-on Police Judo Workshop on 27-28 October. Share this with your law enforcement friends and relatives. Registration closes on this Wednesday 12 October. For more information and registration process, please contact Robert Draper, 661 505-0663 or rddraperiu1990@gmail.com.

Day before Halloween Hike Sunday 30 October

Closed for Halloween Monday 31 October

Mojica Judo Tournament, Sunday 6 November, Esther Snyder Community Center, Baldwin Park, CA

This will be the last local tournament before our grand finale event of the year, the 17th edition of the Winter Nationals on 3-4 December. If you are planning to compete at the Winter Nationals, plan on competing at the 27th Annual Mojica Judo Tournament. Here is their registration form. $40 early registration postmarked by 1 November.

Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED course, Saturday 12 November, from 10:00 am-12:30 pm, Gardena Judo Club (now open for registration. Email sawtellejudo@gmail.com for registration form.)

Spaces are filling fast. Be advised online study and testing required before hands-on class. Online access will be granted once registered.

USJF Teachers’ certification course, Sunday 13 November, from 9:30 am-1:30 pm, Gardena Judo Club (sanction approved, now open for registration. Email sawtellejudo@gmail.com for registration form.)

Spaces are filling fast for this course. Be advised online study and testing recommended before in-class evaluation. Online access will be granted once registered.

Dojo & tournament schedule

For links to major regional and national tournaments, clinics, and seminars, please visit the Nanka Judo Yudanshakai (Southern California Black Belt Association) website @ https://www.nankajudo.com/calendar/list/

Hands-On Police Judo Workshop, 27-28 October, Santa Clarita, CA

Juniors’ In-House Tournament 28 October

USJF Kata Clinic, 28-30 October, St. Louis, MO

Kata practice, Saturday 29 October, 9:30 am-12:00 pm @ Anaconda Academy, Gardena, CA

Day before Halloween Hike Sunday 30 October

Closed for Halloween Monday 31 October

Kata practice, Saturday 5 November, 9:30 am-12:00 pm @ Anaconda Academy, Gardena, CA

Mojica Judo Tournament, Sunday 6 November, Esther Snyder Community Center, Baldwin Park, CA (new)

Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED course, Saturday 12 November, from 10:00 am-12:30 pm, Gardena Judo Club (now open for registration. Email sawtellejudo@gmail.com for registration form.)

USJF Teachers’ certification course, Sunday 13 November, from 9:30 am-1:30 pm, Gardena Judo Club (sanction approved, now open for registration. Email sawtellejudo@gmail.com for registration form.)

Last Juniors’ In-House tournament 2022, Friday 18 November, starts with warmups @ 6:00 pm

Kata practice, Saturday 19 November, 9:30 am-12:00 pm @ Anaconda Academy, Gardena, CA

Closed Thanksgiving Weekend, Thursday 24 November-Sunday 27 November

Hollywood Judo Juniors’ Scrimmage II, Sunday 20 November, 12:00 pm-4:00 pm

17th Annual Judo Winter Nationals, Saturday/Sunday 3-4 December, Azusa, CA

(online registration is NOW OPENED through Smoothcomp)

Annual Holiday Awards & Potluck Party, Friday 9 December

Gary Takemoto’s Referees’, Coaches’, and Parents’ Tournament Rules Clinic, (TBD date after Winter Nationals), Harbor Judo Dojo, Harbor City

Winter Holiday Shutdown, Saturday 10 December-Thursday 5 January 2023

Dojo 2023 Re-opening, Friday 6 January 2023

The cerebral Judo corner

For Juniors’ book reading

For your child, KokaKids offers a variety of books tailored to your child’s understanding of Judo. The books have pictograms naming and showing each teaching. You can order these books online through their website or on Amazon. Please note, since KokaKids is based in London, England, shipping may take a few weeks.

Boys and Girls Judo & Self-Defense: Road to Black Belt by Hal Sharp, 10th Dan

This is a complete judo instruction manual for kids and instructors. The book makes judo fun for kids by incorporating games, drills and by using technical drawings with cartoons. For the older students there are excellent technical descriptions of fundamental skills needed in free practice and competition. The book references 31 YouTube videos that are specially designed to supplement the written text thereby making this a living manual. Emphasis has been placed on the “Circle of Skills” needed to successfully make your techniques effectively work such as chance/opportunity, body movement, controlling the opponent, gripping, breaking opponents balance, positioning your body, effective throwing action, defense, countering, combinations, and the use of special drills. Self-defense is taught to keep you out of trouble and how to use judo techniques if attacked. Included is a practical description of the IJF contest rules. Also, there is a dictionary of useful judo terms in Japanese and English. This book truly provides a “Road to Blackbelt” for both Junior and senior novices.

Kodokan list of Judo techniques

Here is comprehensive list of Judo techniques, brief description, and demonstration video linked to each technique. There are 100 techniques in total, 68 Tachi-waza (standing throwing techniques) and 32 Katame-waza (grappling techniques. Bookmark this link for your useful reference.

JUDO COACHING, 30 TIPS

Judo teaching is learning, studying, teaching, listening, observing, analyzing, thinking, stimulating, inspiring, and working very hard.

1) The very important characteristics that cannot be missed are AMBITION, EFFORT, OBSTACLES, RESULT, and the period after getting results.

2) In the beginning, many people are ignorant of their AMBITIONS and ABILITIES.

3) Without ambition, it is difficult to FIGHT AND OVERCOME OBSTACLES.

4) Follow a model, AN EXAMPLE OF WHICH YOU IDENTIFY can drive ambition.

5) BEING WILLING TO BE INSTRUCTED can be a good trait.

6) Having PATIENCE is important; patience is trusting time.

7) Develop a personal ethics, therefore RESPECTING VALUES AND STANDARDS (instinct balance, honesty, and dreams)

8) MAKE DECISIONS, accept the consequences and be demanding, especially with yourself.

9) DONT THINK ABOUT CONSEQUENCES once the decision to act is made.

10) INTERNAL and EXTERNAL aspects must be BALANCED with each other.

-Willem Visser, strategy consultant, international speaker, and Judo 8th Dan, IJF-

September 28, 2022

Naoki Murata on Jigoro Kano

Naoki Murata (1949-2020), a great authority on judo, said this of Jigoro Kano: “Professor Kano’s educational policies reflected his deep-rooted deference for his country and its traditions. Judo was developed by him as a vehicle for people to consolidate both their minds and bodies, thereby becoming ‘robust citizens’ able to play a positive role in the improvement of society. Kano was a forward-thinking educator of the highest caliber. Judo is practiced around the world as a popular sport, but the higher educational principles promoted by Kano should not be ignored in the pursuit of winning medals.” Judging from Murata’s comments here, it seems clear that Kano wished judoka to become ‘literate’ beings as well as skilled in the execution of judo techniques.

Professor Naoki Murata, a Kodokan 8th dan, was born in Saitama Prefecture in 1949. He graduated from Tokyo Kyoiku University in 1973. A prolific writer of essays and several well-researched books on judo, he served as Curator of the Kodokan Judo Institute Museum. He was also highly active as an administrator and served on several committees dealing with Budo affairs.

It was in the year 1999 that I first met Murata-sensei when working on my first book on Jigoro Kano: The Father of Judo. I was fortunate to have had interesting discussions with Murata in the intervening years, often over lunch following my visits to the Kodokan Library.

Murata had this to say of Professor Jigoro Kano: “Kano’s educational policies reflected his deep-rooted deference for his country and its traditions. Judo was developed by him as a vehicle for people to consolidate their minds and bodies, thereby becoming ‘robust citizens’ able to play a positive role in the improvement of society. Kano was a forward-thinking educator of the highest caliber. Judo is practiced around the world as a popular sport, but the higher educational principles promoted by Kano should not be ignored in the pursuit of winning medals.”

Brian N. Watson

Tokyo

27 October 2020

September 27, 2022

Kata/Winter Nationals and more

Nanka Judo Grassroots Winter Nationals

Online registration for this year’s Grassroots Winter Nationals opens as soon as next week on Smoothcomp.

For the first time this year, the Winter Nationals will be held on two days, Saturday & Sunday 3-4 December at the Felix Center on the campus of Azusa Pacific University. The granddaddy of all Judo tournaments in Southern California, the attendance over

IJF World Championships Veterans

Here is Lee Pasteris’ & Fred Dagdagan’s exquisite Ju no Kata performance at last week’s IJF World Championships Veterans in Krakow, Poland. It is about nine minutes long.

Here is an article reviewing this championships.

Nanka Fall Labor Day Clinic

Here is a video collage produced by Luchia Torro about the Darcel Yandzi training camp that Nanka hosted over Labor Day weekend, 3-5 September. 

Mark your calendars and plan for these events

Kata Practice

Osugi Sensei will host kata practice at Anaconda Academy from 9:30-12:00 pm.

Saturday 1 October

Saturday 15 October

Saturday 29 October

Little Kids’ class resumes in October

We will re-start our Little Kids’ class beginning on Wednesday 5 October. The half-hour classes run from 5:15-5:45 pm, right before our Juniors’ class. The class is designed for 4–6-year-olds to begin their Judo journey. The classes incorporate games, tumbling, rolling, animal exercises, tug ‘o war, like the ones in our Juniors’ class. The purpose of this class is to prepare these young ones for our Juniors’ class and train them in the different exercises and follow instructions. More information will be available next week. If you are interested, please reply to this email with your child’s name, age, and the reason why you would like them to participate in this class.

For our Seniors, the Hollywood Scrimmage IV is on Sunday 16 October.

5th Annual “Fight for the Cure” All Women’s Charity Judo Tournament, 23 October, Norco, CA

Hands-on Police Judo Workshop

Here’s a reminder for the Nanka Hands-on Police Judo Workshop on 27-28 October. Share this with your law enforcement friends and relatives.

Day before Halloween Hike Sunday 30 October

Special Clinics from Flavio Canto & Daria Bilodid

In collaboration with CJ Judo in San Jose, CA, Orange County Judo Training Center in Garden Grove, and Shimeru Judo in Lake Elsinore, CA, they have planned special clinics with elite Judokas conducting kids and adults clinics in late October and in January 2023.

Flavio Canto-Saturday 29 October @ 10:00 am (kids, $50) & 1:00 pm (adults, $75)

Daria Bilodid-Saturday 21 January @ 10:00 am (kids, $50) & 1:00 pm (adults, $75)

Flavio Canto was the 2004 Olympic Brazilian Bronze medalist at 81 kg, He is known for his Newaza prowess, and his Canto strangle.

Daria Bilodid was the 2020 Olympic Ukrainian Bronze medalist at 48 kg, She was also a two-time World Champion in 2018 & 2019.
We will see more of her on the international circuit as she will be only 22 next month.

It is an inspirational opportunity moment to meet some of the world’s best.

Shimeru Judo

17600 Collier Ave., Unit D129

Lake Elsinore, CA 92530

DEVELOPMENT NEWS – FALL 2022 SHORAI

After a long hiatus, here’s the Fall 2022 Shorai Practice Schedule!  These sessions are focusing on preparing for the Quebec Open, Infantile Pan Am, and Nanka Winter Nationals.   If you are planning on competing in any of these tournaments at the end of the year, come on out and get some extra training in!  All the host dojos have top-of-the-line Senseis, so it’s well worth attending!  The next Shorai practice is scheduled for SUNDAY (10/15) @ San Gabriel Judo Dojo.  

Oct. 15 (Saturday) – San Gabriel Judo Dojo, 11 am to 2 pm

Club Address: 5019 Encinita Ave, Temple City, CA 91780

Oct. 29 (Saturday) – Guerreros Judo Club (PENDING)

             Club Address:  501 Glendora Ave, La Puente CA 91744

Nov. 12 (Saturday) – San Fernando Valley Judo Club, 2 pm to 5 pm

Club Address: 12953 Branford St., Pacoima, CA  61331

Nov. 29 (FRIDAY) – Special “TURKEY BUSTER” Shorai @ Norwalk Judo Dojo, 5 pm to 8 pm

              Club Address: 14615 S. Gridley Rd. Norwalk, CA 90651

The Shorai Program offers more competitive training and workouts for our more competitive and elite athletes within Nanka. Shorai means “Future” in Japanese.

IJF World Championships 2022

Watch the global elite vie for the title of World Champion held on 6-13 October in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. You may watch the competition live from Tashkent or watch YouTube highlights later.

Since we have been working on Tsuri Komi Goshi, Uchimata/Harai Goshi, here is a Kodokan video demonstrating Uchimata by Kosei Inoue, 2000 Olympian Gold medalist and two-time World Champion.