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Dec 2011 Promotion ceremony

Pacific Judo & Ju Jitsu Academy is proud to hold its semi-annual Promotion Ceremony

Saturday December 10 @ 10:00am

Following our formal bowing in we will have a short warm up session followed by:

* Ju Jitsu demonstrations
* Judo competition matches
* A demonstration of Bokendo
* Promotions Ceremony
* Judo Team Awards
* Traditional promotion congratulatory throwing
* Photo session and free mat time

These budoka will be promoted to their next rank

…for some*, contingent upon passing rank examination next week

Student – Ju Jitsu Level

Beau Lautenslager *- Brown (sankyu)
Anthony Garza – Blue (yonkyu)
Caiden Wilson – Green (gokyu)
Mao Obuchi – Green (gokyu)

Landon McCarthur – Yellow
Trevor Wilson – White/Yellow
Garrett Davies – White/Yellow
Owen Davies – White/Yellow
Sara Wille – White/Yellow
Alex Wille – White/Yellow
Ryan Tran – White/Yellow
Andrew Tran – White/Yellow

Following the promotions all the instructors will be taking the Judo team to lunch at:

Emperor Norton (Santa Teresa & Bernal near Nob Hill)

If you are interested in joining us, and the more the better, see either Yoshimune sempai or Nguyen sempai as soon as possible so we can provide a head-count for the restaurant. If you join us, please contribute $10 per person for pizza and soft drinks.

PJJA Judo Teams (most recent)

Spring 2012
Coaches: David Nguyen
Competitors: Ryan Collins – Sean Christensen – Anthony Garza

     Team averaged 90% trophy wins (1st, 2nd, 3rd placement)

Fall 2011
Coaches: Paul Yoshimune: David Nguyen
Competitors: Mark Sugui – Ryan Collins – Sean Christensen – Anthony Garza   photo1   photo2   photo3

     Team averaged 92% trophy wins (1st, 2nd, 3rd placement)

Spring 2011
Coach: David Nguyen
Competitors: Mark Sugui – Mike Dao – Sean Christensen – Ryan Collins

      Team averaged 82% trophy wins (1st, 2nd, 3rd placement)

Fall 2010
Coach: David Nguyen
Competitors: Joey Caruana – Mark Sugui – Mike Dao – Sean Christensen – Beau Lautenslager – Ryan Collins

     Team averaged 89% trophy wins (1st, 2nd, 3rd placement)

Fall 2009 Spring 2010
Coach: David Nguyen
Competitors: Michael Peterson – Joey Caruana – Mark Sugui – Sean Christensen – Mike Dao –  Jared Sewell – Beau Lautenslager – Fred Maruyama – Rob Chan – Tristan Ma Jeremy Dihn – Brandon Tran – Shashank Rajani – Caleb Wu – Ray Carroll

     Team averaged 84% trophy wins (1st, 2nd, 3rd placement)


Links and Books


The Classical Martial Arts Resource

Essay on the Martial Arts




US Judo Federation

Int’l Judo Federation

European Judo Federation

Italian Judo Federation

French Judo Federation

Puerto Rico Judo Federation

Vietnam Judo Federation



… some of Sensei’s personal recommendations. See Member section for more…

KODO – Ancient Ways by Kensho Furuya

Kodokan Judo by Jigoro Kano

Bushido – The Warrior’s Code by by Inazo Nitobe

A Dictionary of the Martial Arts by Louis Frederic

Miyamoto Musashi – His Life and Writings by Kenji Tokitsu & Sherab Chodzin Kohn

Mysterious Wall Holes

The ancient mystery behind the 2″-3″ holes, or even the 12″ hole, in the kamiza wall has been solved. It appears that neither extra-terrestrial aliens nor night-time gnomes practicing judo were to blame. Rather they have been caused by accidental high-speed meetings of various body parts with the wall.  Sensei thought that IF it would not encourage anyone from leaving his/her mark on the wall, he might not repair the holes and have the “culprit” initial his/her name next to them and refer to them as dojo “art”. Probably not a good idea! Fortunately, no one has been hurt at all from such “accidents”, a testament to our training and how durable it has made all of you.


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