2012 Judo Competition Schedule

Jan 28 – San Jose
Mar 25 – Cupertino
April 29 – Alameda
May 06 – San Francisco
May 27 – Watsonville
Jun 10 – Santa Clara

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.



PJJA will attempt to offer 4 seminars/clinics a year. Exact dates and times will be announced on this blog and on the bulletin board at the dojo once determined. See dojo bulletin board for details on seminar material.

Feel free to request a seminar or clinic but first, be sure you gather at least 6 people and bring to Sensei’s attention that the group would like to schedule such an event.

As of Feb 2012 we have 3 seminars on the horizon: late March – KNIVES, late April BATONS, late May TBD(?)

Teachings and Ideals of Professor Jigoro Kano

“Since the very beginning, I had been categorizing Judo into three parts, rentai-ho, shobu-ho, and shushin-ho. Rentai-ho refers to Judo as a physical exercise, while shobu-ho is Judo as a martial art. Shushin-ho is the cultivation of wisdom and virtue as well as the study and application of the principles of Judo in our daily lives. I therefore anticipated that practitioners would develop their bodies in an ideal manner, to be outstanding in matches, and also to improve their wisdom and virtue and make the spirit of Judo live in their daily lives. If we consider Judo first as a physical exercise, we should remember that our bodies should not be stiff, but free, quick and strong. We should be able to move properly in response to our opponent’s unexpected attacks. We should also not forget to make full use of every opportunity during our practice to improve our wisdom and virtue. These are the ideal principles of my Judo.” – Kano, J. “The Life of Jigoro Kano”. Reprinted in AikiNews.

“Judo is the way of the highest or most efficient use of both physical and mental energy. Through training in the attack and defense techniques of judo, the practitioner nurtures their physical and mental strength, and gradually embodies the essence of the Way of Judo. Thus, the ultimate objective of Judo discipline is to be utilized as a means to self-perfection, and thenceforth to make a positive contribution to society.” Bennett, A. Budo Perspectives. Auckland: Kendo World, 2005.

“Don’t think about what to do after you become strong — I have repeatedly stressed that the ultimate goal of Judo is to perfect the self, and to make a contribution to society. In the old days, Jujutsu practitioners focused their efforts on becoming strong, and did not give too much consideration to how they could put that strength to use. Similarly, Judo practitioners of today do not make sufficient efforts to understand the ultimate objective of Judo. Too much emphasis is placed on the process rather than the objective, and many only desire to become strong and be able to defeat their opponents. Of course, I am not negating the importance of wanting to become strong or skilled. However, it must be remembered that this is just part of the process for a greater objective… The worth of all people is dependent on how they spend their life making contributions.” – Kano, J. “The Contribution of Judo to Education”, Journal of Health and Phys. Ed., 1932

Seiryoku Zenyo, Jita Kyoei“: maximum efficient use of energy, mutual prosperity for self and others. Professor Kano declared these two the highest goals of Judo. Kodokan New Japanese-English Dictionary of Judo

Teachings of Professor Henry S. Okazaki

Since the fundamental principle acquired through the practice of Jujitsu has been elevated to a finer moral concept called Judo, “The Way of Gentleness,” it may well be said that the primary objective of practicing Judo is perfection of character. And to perfect one’s character one must be grateful for the abundant blessings of Heaven, Earth, and Nature, as well as for the great love of parents; one must realize his enormous debt to teachers and be ever mindful of his obligations to the general public.

As a member of a family, one’s first duty is to filial to parents, to be helpful and harmonious with one’s wife or husband, and to be affectionate to brothers and sisters, so that the family may be a sound, successful, and harmonious unit of the community.

As a member of a nation one must be grateful for the protection which one derives as a citizen; one must guard against self-interest and foster a spirit of social service. One must be discreet in action, yet hold courage in high regard, and strive to cultivate manliness. One must be gentle, modest, polite, and resourceful; never eccentric, but striving always to practice moderation in all things. One must realize that these qualities constitute the secret of the practice of Judo.

Anyone who practices Judo should neither be afraid of the strong nor despise the weak; nor should he act contrary to the strength of his enemy because of the art he has acquired. For example, when a boat is set afloat on water, one man’s strength is sufficient to move the boat back and forth. This is only possible because the boat floats; for if, on the other hand, the boat is placed on dry land, the same man’s strength is scarcely sufficient to move it. It is necessary, therefore, that the weak should learn this fact with regard to the strong.

The forms and techniques should be remembered as the basic art of Judo. One should never use these arts against anyone without sufficient justification. Therefore, refrain from arrogance and do not despise a small enemy or a weak opponent. Every student of Judo should realize that honesty is the foundation of all virtues. Kindness is the secret of business prosperity. Amiability is the essence of success. Working pleasantly is the mother of health. Strenuous effort and diligence conquer adverse circumstances. Simplicity, fortitude, and manliness are the keys to joy and gladness; and service to humanity is the fountain of mutual existence and common prosperity.

As aptly expressed in the poem “The boughs that bear most hang lowest,” one should never forget the virtue of modesty as one attains proficiency in the art of Judo. Do not disdain or regard lightly either literary or military art; each is important and deserves equal cultivation and respect. Within constant motion and change there is tranquillity; and within tranquillity, there is motion and change.

Remember always parental love and one’s enormous indebtedness to teachers. Be grateful for the protection of Heaven and Earth. Be a good leader to younger men. To lead younger men well, will in the long run, mean to attain proficiency in the skill of Judo.

Like a drawing in India ink of the whispering of wind in the pines, the secrets of Judo can only be suggested. Only through personal experience can one comprehend the mystic ecstasy of such secrets. It is said of Jujitsu that it would require ten years of practice to win victory over one’s self and twenty years to win victory over others.

Whatever the trials or dangers, even “Hell under the upraised sword,” remain calm and remember the doctrine imparted to you by your teacher.

A noted verse reads: “For the lotus flower to fall is to rise to the surface.”

Only by cultivating a receptive state of mind, without preconceived ideas or thoughts, can one master the secret art of reacting spontaneously and naturally without hesitation and without purposeless resistance.

These are the secrets of KoDenKan into which I have had the honor to initiate you.

Henry Seishiro Okazaki
Master (Danzan Ryu) – Director of the KoDenKan (Dojo
June 2021
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