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SFV JUDO CLUB:   est.1921  
12953 Branford Street
Pacoima, CA 91331

CLICK HERE: Directions for [SFV JUDO CLUB]


Head Instructor: "Sensei Stuart Kam"


- Monday evenings [7:00 - 9:00 pm] "Advanced training & Kids"

- Wednesday evenings [7:00 - 9:00 pm] "Advanced training & Kids"

- Friday evenings [7:00 - 9:00 pm] "Technical training day"

- Saturday "mornings" [9:00 - 11:30 am] "Advanced training day"

NOTE: Saturday (Minimum Age - 16 yrs.) (Minimum rank Brown Belt)


(Mon, Wed, & Fri) Judo for Kid's is typically run by "Sensei Luis Amaro" on Mon & Wed, and by "Sensei Glen Whitesell" on Friday. In these classes the young judoka's will learn the fundamentals of JUDO. Focus of class will cover proper (Bio-mechanics / Form) of JUDO. Classes for the young judokas will consist of learning new (WAZA / techniques) and will be taught along with (Ashi drills), (Kumi-Kata drills), (Uchikomi & Randori). 



- Mon, Wed, & Sat - These workouts are fast paced drill days for Adults, Lesson Plan is to be determined by "Sensei Stuart Kam"... Typical part of workout consist of (Ashi drills), (Kumi-Kata drills), (Uchikomi & Randori). 


- Friday evenings [7:00 - 9:00 pm] Please ask "Sensei Glen Whitesell"  on details for each Friday's "Lesson Plan" or "Kata Class". Learn techniques through Kata or learn through group lesson's based on the Lesson Plan for Kid's & Adults.

"Kata (Forms) & Waza (Technique) training Day". This is a good day for beginners to learn the fundamentals of JUDO - Etiquette, Ukemi (Falling), Kumi-kata (Gripping or Basic holds), Kuzushi-tsukuri-kake (Elements of a throw), Tsugi-ashi & Tai-sabaki (Moving and Turning), etc...



- Saturday mornings [9:00 - 11:30 am]*

- Monday evenings [7:00 - 9:00 pm]**

[NEW DAY ADDED 2011* ] -  [NEW DAY ADDED 2015** ]

Check google + link for WAZA of the week, and latest SFV JUDO CLUB info.


Winter Nationals 2014

San Fernando Valley Judo Clubs, Sensei Stuart Kam uses Deashi-Harai [Forward Foot Sweep] for 'IPPON'


San Fernando Valley Judo Club: Robert Otani's very nice Harai Goshi (Judo Sweeping Hip Throw)

Saturday Workout: 9:00-11:00 am

Uploaded by on Apr 9, 2010

March 13, 2010 - Robert Otani, a shodan of San Fernando Valley Judo Club practices his Harai Goshi (Judo Sweeping Hip Throw) on a line of his fellow judo students. Robert's execution of this technique is very, very good.

Robert's standing techniques are primarily taught to him by his father, Joe Otani of Oxnard, Ca.

CLICK HERE: Robert Otani MMA Record


San Fernando Valley Judo Club: Richie Endow's rusty hane goshi (judo hip throw)

Saturday Workout: 9:00-11:00 am

April 5, 2010 - Richie Endow attempts to demonstrate Hane Goshi (a judo hip throw). At 37 yo, his hane goshi is a little rusty, but at least he's still trying. haha


San Fernando Valley Judo Club: Robert Otani's Tai Otoshi (Judo body drop throw) is pretty powerful.

Saturday Workout: 9:00-11:00 am

Uploaded by on Apr 6, 2010

March 13, 2010: Robert Otani, shodan from San Fernando Valley Judo practices his Tai Otoshi (Judo body drop throw) on a line of his fellow judokas. This was filmed at a Saturday practice run by Stuart Kam (sandan) and Roy Harting (nidan).


            San Fernando Valley Judo Club: Stuart Kam's Seoi-Otoshi

April 10, 2010 - Instructor Stuart Kam puts in a few throws to brush up on his Seoi-Otoshi (a combination Judo Body Drop & Leg Block throw).

Stuart Kam is a champion several times over and loyal member of our club since the 1970's.



Saturday Workout: 9:00-11:00 am

Uploaded by on Feb 26, 2011

Training with the guys @ SFV Judo club in Pacoima Ca .... 
Sensei Roy Harting Taught me this move. Sensei Patrick and Ronald have helped me too. Thx to the black belts @ SFV JUDO CLUB.

NOTE: Joel's Judo is based on Ashi Waza (foot & leg techniques), he has focused all of his efforts on creating a strong foundation in this area to build the rest of his Judo on. "Great Job Joel"


San Fernando Valley Judo Club: George Tumas' Koshi Guruma (Judo Hip Wheel throw)

 Saturday Workout: 9:00-11:00 am

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April 5, 2010 - George Tumas practices his Koshi Guruma (Judo Hip Wheel throw) on fellow student Daniel Jose.


San Fernando Valley Judo Club: Daniel Jose works on developing Uchimata (Judo Inner Thigh throw)

Saturday Workout: 9:00-11:00 am

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April 5, 2010 - Daniel Jose throws George Tumas at practice. Daniel is working on his hip throws, specifically uchimata. With his long legs and body he'll be a force, once he makes this throw his.


San Fernando Valley Judo (Daniel Jose) at our first Bjj tournament Chris Lisciandro

Uploaded by on Mar 2, 2010

This was our first time ever competing at a Brazilian jiu jitsu tournament.. can you tell which one is the judoka?? lol.. daniels first match.. Daniel Jose chokes out a Bjj guy standing up. nice.. this was at Chris Lisciandro tournament. 


         SFV JUDO CLUB SATURDAY WORKOUT 9:00-11:30 am



FRONT ROW: - Joel Orozco, Patrick Kelley, Ronald Cruz, Rudy Suarez, David Kim, Kevin Ikuta.

BACK ROW: - Mikio Yamada, Kenji Osugi, German Echeverria, Chance Bruce, Mike Toren, Stuart Kam, George Tumasov, Matias Del Solar, Roy Harting.


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                                                 JIGORO KANO


                         HISTORY OF SFV JUDO CLUB




Established in 1921 by Seigoro Murakami in the San Fernando Valley of Southern Calfornia.

Dojo Was First in Area

But this place deserves to be celebrated, according to those who know the place, and the people who run it. The Murakami dojo was the first in the area and the only one so dominated by a single family.

"Everyone involved in judo in this part of the state knows the Murakami name," said Toshio Tosaya, a former president of the Southern California Kudokan judo Black Belt Assn. and a former student of Seigoro Murakami. "In Southern California, they will always be one of the sport's first families."

The story of the Murakamis is heavy with familiar traditions. A rice famine sent Roy Murakami's father and grandfather to the United States at the turn of the century, where they hoped to make their fortunes and return to Japan. Seigoro settled in the San Fernando Valley, opened a nursery and studied judo at night.

Judo, at the time, was central to Japanese-American culture. Every good community center had a dojo, along with a temple, a language school, and baseball and football fields.

Tireless Volunteer

Seigoro Murakami was apparently both an excellent judo student and a tireless volunteer. In the '20s and '30s he set up dojos in (San Fernando), (Ventura) and (North Hollywood), driving back and forth endlessly to oversee classes and competition. His son, Roy, rode along to many of these classes, eventually helping with the teaching.

Techniques of the Tenshin Shin'yo School of jujutsu are one of the sources of judo techniques.

"Seiryoku-zen'yo";"maximum efficient use of energy"(right), "Jita-kyoei";"mutual prosperity for self and others"(left) written by Prof.Kano


Kanō Jigorō was the founder of judo. Judo was the first Japanese martial art to gain widespread international recognition, and the first to become an official Olympic sport. Pedagogical innovations attributed to Kanō include the use of black and white belts, and the introduction of dan ranking to show the relative ranking between members of a martial art style. Well-known mottoes attributed to Kanō include "Maximum Efficiency with Minimum Effort" and "Mutual Welfare and Benefit."


Note: Seigoro Murakami was invited by Prof. Jigoro Kano to come to Japan for a more indepth study and instruction of Kano's Judo.

Judo training at the Fuji-cho dojo as depicted by Shuzan Hishida. Observing from the platform at left is Master Kano. (Kodokan Judo Book)

Using the principle of Yawara, even a small person can throw a large one.

KODOKAN JUDO BOOK: The words jujutsu and judo are each written with two Chinese characters.The ju in both is the same and means "gentleness" or "giving way".The meaning of jutsu is "art, practice," and do means "principle" or "way" the Way being the concept of life itself. Jujutsu may be translated as "the gentle art," judo as "the Way of gentleness," with the implication of first giving way to ultimately gain  victory.

KODOKAN literally is   "The school for studying the way"


     A defenseless woman can nullify the strength of a giant if she uses her own power effectively.------------------>


Jigoro Kano said, "The most important principle of throwing as practiced was to disturb the center of gravity of the opponent, and then pull or push in a way that the opponent cannot stand, exerting skill rather than strength, so that he might lose his equilibrium and fall heavily to the ground. A series of rules was taught respecting the different motions of feet, legs, arms, hands, the thigh and back, in order to accomplish this object. Choking up the throat was done by the hands, forearms, or by twisting the collar of the opponent's coat round the throat. For holding down and pushing, any part of the body was used. For twisting and bending, the parts employed were generally the arms, hands and fingers, and sometimes the legs."

                     JUDO HISTORY

Kano with heads of Ju-Jutsu Schools (All Former Samurai) to unite under JUDO and decide the Kata or Samurai Combat Forms for "KODOKAN JUDO".

Above: Professor Kano sitting center front with hands on cane.

At the age of 22 Jigoro Kano opens a dojo, which he called the "KODOKAN", the year 1882.

Below is a Movie about the beginning of "JUDO", a must see Movie for every Judoka to watch. "SANSHIRO SUGATA" (a.k.a. Judo SagaDirected by Akira Kurosawa: From Wikipedia This is our JUDO standard to live by...


    Sanshiro Sugata (Judo vs. Ju-jutsu). Sanshiro is far right---------->

It follows the story of Sanshiro, a strong stubborn youth, who travels into the city in order to learn jujutsu . However, upon his arrival he discovers a new form of self-defence, this new martial art is called "JUDO".

Sanshiro Sugata (1943) - Full Movie

CLICK HERE: Sanshiro Sugata "JUDO SAGA" (1943) A story about the beginning of JUDO "1882", Directed by Akira Kurasawa.

This film was divided into four parts...

Note: They refer to KODOKAN as SHUDOKAN and Kano as Yano.

Allow for  commercial ads and loading of each video.

Parts 1-4. To see film click on Link or picture above.



                      1932 OLYMPICS LOS ANGELES

Judo was first introduced to the World at the 32 Olympics in Los Angeles. Where Dr. Kano gave a demonstration and a lecture.

(1932 Olympic Gathering) In this photo is Prof. Jigoro Kano and a group USA Judo Pioneers. 2nd from right is SFV JUDO CLUB FOUNDER "Seigoro Murakami", 8th in from left is "Prof. Jigoro Kano"




Before the war, judo dojo (studios) thrived in many Japanese American communities. Under the guidance of "Seigoro Murakami" and "Shigeo Tashima", "400" judo students at Manzanar practiced in the firebreak north of Block 10 on a 40’ by 60’ canvas-covered sawdust platform. Judo’s demanding physical conditioning and code of behavior lifted spirits and introduced many young Japanese Americans to the disciplines and traditions of their cultural heritage. 

Manzanar National Historic Site, MANZ 0129/-002


                             MANZANAR  JUDO  DOJO


After the War, Judokas  from Manzanar Judo Dojo spread throughout the United States. Among them Shigeo Tashima, the Tamura brothers, Toru Takamatsu, Kenji Yamada, Oshima, Hank Okamura, Dick Fukuyama and many more.

NOTE: "Seigoro Murakami" and "Shigeo Tashima" center front row.


                      Manzanar National Historic Site

CLICK HERE: Interview with Ken Miyamoto about Manzanar Judo and Seigoro Murakami

CLICK HERE: Ken Miyamoto transcript

CLICK HERE: Manzanar Judo Association (Rules of dojo)

CLICK HERE: Manzanar Judo Association Receipt (25 cents per Month)

CLICK HERE: Manzanar Fishing Club film reveals how Japanese American camp internees risked their lives to go trout fishing

NOTE: Seigoro Murakami's son, Roy Murakami used to tell us about his times at Manzanar, one of his stories is related to "Night time Trout Fishing". Roy said that he and a bunch of  friends would go out on occasion to one of the breaks in the fence, he said, the guards always knew what they were up to and would just wave us on so that we could go out and catch fish. I asked him why they weren't stopped, he told me that these guards were young Men that had sisters and brothers at home and he believed they understood that kids needed to be kids, so damn the rules.


THE PRIDE OF PACOIMA: Six Japanese Americans Depicted in City Hall Courtyard Mural

NOTE: Sensei Seigo Murakami is in the lower right portion of the mural. Just above him is Dr. Sanbo Sakaguchi.

The mural honors the founders of the San Feranando Valley Japanese American Community Center and the San Fernando Valley Judo Club, along with two local doctors.


The newly opened Neighborhood City Hall in Pacoima, which provides services to the northeast San Fernando Valley, honored 31 people, including six Japanese Americans, in a courtyard mural. The public unveiling ceremony took place on July 26.

Created by artist Ignacio Gomez, the mural depicts historic sites in Pacoima associated with events dating back to 1888 and features the ethnically mixed population that is the hallmark of the region. Among those featured on the mural are the founders of the San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center, Mitsuo Usui, Berry Tamura and Tom Ikuta; doctors Sanbo Sakaguchi and Mary Oda, who delivered over 4,000 babies and treated countless local residents; and Seigo Murakami, founder of the San Fernando Valley Judo Club, whose dojo was the site of the 1984 Olympics training center.

NOTE: Photo to the right is Dr. Sanbo Sakaguchi, who has been the head Medic for all of the SFV JUDO KOHAKU TOURNAMENTS. "Over half a century of devoted service to judo".

 Thank you Dr. Sanbo S. Sakaguchi

(July 13, 1917 - May 24, 2013)


                                       U.S. JUDO HALL OF FAME

CLICK HERE: Seigo Murakami was inducted to the "U.S. JUDO HALL OF FAME CHARTER CLASS" in 1993.


                               BLACK BELT  MAGAZINE ARTICLE 

April 1962


CLICK HERE: "BLACK BELT MAGAZINE" Salutes the San Fernando Valley Judo Club "Lead by Seigoro Murakami"





         San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center

    DOJO FOUNDER - "Seigoro Murakami"

SFV JUDO CLUB:   est.1921  
12953 Branford Street
Pacoima, CA 91331

CLICK HERE: Directions for [SFV JUDO CLUB]

Head Instructor: "Sensei Stuart Kam"


2014 - 2015 Officers: 

Club President: Timbo Whitesell

1st. VP: Kevin Kenji Couey [Events/PR/Nanka Rep.]

2nd. VP: Stuart Kam [Promotions]

3rd. VP: Erik Estrada [Ways & Means]

4th. VP: "VACANT"  [Historian & Newsletter]

Secretary: June Mark & Mike Toren [Shared Position]

Controller: Carol Mochinaga 

Treasurer: Moises Barerra

Board of Directors [5-Total]: 

- Carol Mochinaga

- Kenji Watanabe

- Gabe Calvillo

- Bobby Endow

- Richie Endow


- Monday evenings [7:00 - 9:00 pm]

- Wednesday evenings [7:00 - 9:00 pm]

- Friday evenings [7:00 - 9:00 pm]

Saturday "mornings" [9:00 - 11:30 am] "Advanced training day"

NOTE: Saturday (Minimum Age - 16 yrs.) (Minimum rank Brown Belt)



- Friday evenings [7:00 - 9:00 pm] Please ask Sensei Stuart Kam on details for each Friday's "Lesson Plan" or "Kata Class" to be scheduled by Sensei Stuart... Learn techniques through Kata or learn through group lesson's based on the Lesson Plan for Kid's & Adults


- Saturday mornings [9:00 - 11:30 am]*

- Monday evenings [7:00 - 9:00 pm]**

[NEW DAY ADDED 2005* ] -  [NEW DAY ADDED 2015** ]


This page was arranged by Roy Harting. If there are any corrections or additions to be made please contact me at - sfvjudo@gmail.com


  San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Summer

       "OBON & BON ODORI FESTIVAL"         


Celebrate the Thrilling Sights, Sounds and Tastes of the Japanese Experience at Summer Obon Festivities

Japanese Summer Obon festivals feature delicious Japanese food like sushi, tempura, chicken & beef teriyaki, udon, noodles, corn, Okinawa dangos, Hawaiian shave-ice, spam musabi and much more, plus Western food, Japanese Cultural Exhibits, Children & Adult Games and Food Booths, Bookstore, Flower Shop, Craft Booth, Children's Hands-on Cultural Activities and Entertainment by the Temple Taiko groups. The "Bon Odori," Japanese Folk dancing with colorful kimono and happi coat-clad dancers, check date and times. This summer event is expected to be participated by everyone. The locations of the Summer Obon could be at a local Japanese Temple or church, to local Japanese Cultural Centers to the streets of Little Tokyo during Nisei Week.

Japanese Obon Festival Background (Purpose)

Obon or Bon is an annual Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the deceased (departed) spirits of one's ancestors that have past away and to honor (remember) them. This Buddhist custom has evolved into a family reunion holiday during which people return to ancestral family places and visit and clean their ancestors' graves, and when the spirits of ancestors are supposed to revisit the household altars. It has been celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon-Odori.

Japan's Annual Obon Festival is held throughout Japan. This Japanese Buddhist custom is to honor the souls of one's ancestors and is celebrated as a reminder of the gratefulness one should feel toward one's ancestors.

Japanese Obon Time Not a National Holiday

Although this is not an official national holiday in Japan, most Japanese families will take it as a holiday. Obon is an event that goes on for a whole week and almost every family will honor it.

Ancestors Spirits Return During Obon Time

During Obon each year the Japanese believe that the spirits of their ancestors return. It's a time when those who are still living, can guide and help their ancestors' spirits to find peace and for themselves to find peace.

What to Expect During a Japanese Obon Festival

What to expect during a Japanese Obon Festival? The purpose of Obon is to remember one's deceased relatives, but it is also meant to be a joyful time to celebrate life. It is believed that the spirits of ones ancestors return to the world on the first day of Obon Week and leave again on the final day. For this reason, one Obon tradition is always carried out within the family and this is at the family altar, where dolls fashioned out of a cucumber and an eggplant are placed inside the altar.


CLICK HERE: Website - San Fernando Valley Japanese American Comunity Center sfvjacc.com 

CLICK HERE: Explore Ancient Japan Culture - japanese-city.com


                      History of Judo




                "The Essence of Judo" 


        三船 久蔵 Mifune Kyūzō 10th Dan  

                                " Freedom in continuous change"

                     The heart should be a clear mirror polished a thousand

                        times and should rely on God-Like speed and courage!!!

                                      Kyuzo Mifune 10th Dan, The Kodokan March 1952

wikipedia - Kyuzo_Mifune


                  MITSUYO MAEDA

One of Jigoro Kano's star pupils was "Mitsuyo Maeda" aka Conde Koma. Also known as Count Combator or Mr. IMPOSSIBLE...

Mitsuyu Maeda aka "Count Conde Koma" (1874 - 1941)

NOTE: Mitsuyo Maeda had an uninterrupted winning streak of more than a thousand matches! He won every judo/jujitsu, free fight, luta libre (portuguese for free fight) or catch-can contest he ever competed in. He did this all at 5' 6" and a 157 lbs, and took on all-comers, any size and weight!!!


The Japanese art of Jujitsu was outlawed in the late 1800s by Japan's own Emperor in effort to become more modern. The art was saved by Jigoro Kano, a true martial arts legend, who streamlined the overly complicated and disjointed art into Judo and also created the concept of awarding students black belts. He founded his own school and began teaching. One of Kano's star pupils was a man named Mitsuyo Maeda, who would go on to be pivotal in the founding of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

KODOKAN KOHAKU SHIAI STYLE CONTEST: Conde Koma will challenge three men per night. If he can't defeat them in three minutes each, the challengers can split "$500" A whole lot of money back in 1911.  Of course no one ever collected!   


"The Toughest Man Who Ever Lived" [Paperback]
Nori Bunasawa (Author), John Murray (Author), Judo Journal (Editor)

CLICK HERE: amazon.com for [Kindle Edition] $9.99

CLICK HERE: amazon.com for [Paper Back] New $32.89


Roots Of Fight: Gracie vs. Kimura October 23, 1951

          (Gracie family perspective & insight of this GREAT  FIGHT)      

But it was Helio's 1951 match with Mashaiko Kimura that earned him everlasting fame. Kimura was a living legend and is considered one of the best Judokas of all time. He had boasted that if the smaller and older Helio last three minutes with him, that Kumira would declare the Brazilian the winner. In the 13th minute of the match, Kimura secured a reverse ude garami shoulder lock and when Helio refused to tap, Kimura broke his arm. Carlos Gracie stepped in and forfeited the match on behalf of Helio, but Kimura left extremely impressed with Helio. The Brazilians claimed the moral victory and firmly established the Gracie name in Brazilian combat sports legends.

Helio Gracie reveals the true story behind his epic battle with Masahiko Kimura: judoinfo - Helio Gracie



MASAHIKO KIMURA VS. HELIO GRACIE 1951 (Kimura's perspective & insight of this GREAT  FIGHT)


         木村 政 彦 Vs. エリオ · グレイシー / 

"20,000 people came to see the bout including President of Brazil. Helio was 180cm and 80kg. When I entered the stadium, I found a coffin. I asked what it was. I was told, "This is for Kimura. Helio brought this in." It was so funny that I almost burst into laughter. As I approached the ring, raw eggs were thrown at me. The gong rang. Helio grabbed me in both lapels, and attacked me with O-soto-gari and Kouchi-gari. But they did not move me at all. Now it's my turn. I blew him away up in the air by O-uchi-gari, Harai-goshi, Uchimata, Ippon-seoi. At about 10 minute mark, I threw him by O-soto-gari. I intended to cause a concussion. But since the mat was so soft that it did not have much impact on him. While continuing to throw him, I was thinking of a finishing method. I threw him by O-soto-gari again. As soon as Helio fell, I pinned him by Kuzure-kami-shiho-gatame. I held still for 2 or 3 minutes, and then tried to smother him by belly. Helio shook his head trying to breathe. He could not take it any longer, and tried to push up my body extending his left arm. That moment, I grabbed his left wrist with my right hand, and twisted up his arm. I applied Udegarami. I thought he would surrender immediately. But Helio would not tap the mat. I had no choice but keep on twisting the arm. The stadium became quiet. The bone of his arm was coming close to the breaking point. Finally, the sound of bone breaking echoed throughout the stadium. Helio still did not surrender. His left arm was already powerless. Under this rule, I had no choice but twist the arm again. There was plenty of time left. I twisted the left arm again. Another bone was broken. Helio still did not tap. When I tried to twist the arm once more, a white towel was thrown in. I won by TKO. My hand was raised high. Japanese Brazilians rushed into the ring and tossed me up in the air. On the other hand, Helio let his left arm hang and looked very sad withstanding the pain."
"My Judo" 

by Masahiko Kimura: judoinfo - Masahiko kimura

Helio Gracie reveals the true story behind his epic battle with Masahiko Kimura: judoinfo - Helio Gracie


Masahiko Kimura Kosen Judo Fusen-Ryu Jujutsu Takeda Motsuge Mataemon Tanabe martial arts Japan submission grappling Hélio Gracie fractured bones TKO Brazil 1951




wikipedia.org - Masahiko_Kimura

judoinfo.com - Masahiko kimura


     "Isao Okano - A Passion For Judo"

Isao Okano (岡野 功 Okano Isao?, born January 20, 1944) is a retired judoka who competed in the middleweight (-80 kg) division. He was born in Ryūgasaki, Ibaraki, Japan.

Okano Isao (1944-) Olympic and World Champion -80 kg (176 lbs)

He entered the 1964 Summer Olympics while studying at Chuo University's law school, and won the gold medal in the middleweight division. He won another gold medal at the World Judo Championships in 1965, becoming the champion of his division at only 21 years of age. He also won the Open weight class division of the All-Japan Judo Championships in 1967 and 1969, and placed second in the competition in 1968. He remains the lightest ever competitor to win the Open weight class of the All-Japan Championships, as he weighed around 80 kg throughout his career. He suddenly retired from competitive judo at only 25 years of age, and founded the Shoki Juku (currently the Ryutsu Keizai University's judo team) in 1970, where he instructed future Olympic gold medalist Kazuhiro Ninomiya. He also served as a coach for the Japanese Olympic judo team during the 1976 Summer Olympics. He later worked as a judo instructor at Keio University from 1989-1998, and the University of Tokyo from 1989-2000. He is currently an instructor and professor at Ryutsu Keizai University. He was just around 80 kg, his exceptional natural talent brought him gold medals in all the major national and international championships. He was very fast and precise in throwing (SEOI-NAGE, KOUCHI-GARI) He founded Seiki Juku, a school which attracted a strong international contingent. One of the best JUDO book of the world was written (with Tetsuya Sato) by him.

                        Isao Okano in...

            Judo (Budo: the art of killing)


Best Competition Results Olympic Games gold Tokyo 1964 (-80kg)

World Championships gold Rio de Janeiro 1965 (-80kg)

All Japan Championships gold 1967 silver 1968 gold 1969





Yasuhiro Yamashita: Uchi-mata Hands. [This is the way Uchimata Hikite action should be taught, push down, don't pull]


YAMASHITA: Osoto Gari, Ouchi Gari & Uchimata.

THE UNDEFEATED YASUHIRO YAMASHITA: Yamashita won 203 consecutive matches making him one of the most successful Judo competitors of all time.

Judoinfo.com - Yasuhiro Yamashita

wikipedia.org - Yasuhiro_Yamashita


 Proper form for Osoto - Gari chase step

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