Joe Nakano Memorial Service


Cenco Member,

This is to update you on Sensei Joe Nakano’s service:  There will be a memorial service at the San Jose Buddhist Church, 640 North 5th Street, San Jose, 95112 on Sunday, February 26 at 4:00 PM.

Joe Nakano Sensei was born September 2, 1928 and has been a loyal and dedicated member of the San Jose Buddhist Judo Club for over 45 years.  He has been one of the four head instructors of the club since 1992.

Joe has also served the Central Coast Judo Association and represented Central Coast at national and state meetings for many years.

We are sorry to inform you that Joe passed away sometime between Friday, January 6 and Saturday, January 7, 2017. He showed true bravery and fighting spirit by continually coming to Judo practices even though he had health issues.

Vaughn Imada

Battle for the Star February 26th – Download Tournament Flyer and Registration Forms


The Battle for the Star Judo Tournament, hosted by Makimoto PAL, will be held February 26th at Vacaville High School. Let’s all go and make this event a success!

Click here to download the registration form with all the information.

Click here to download the waiver.


San Jose Buddhist Sensei Memorial Tournament Registration Now Open


Online registration is now open for the San Jose Buddhist Sensei Memorial Tournament – to be held Sunday, February 19th, at the San Jose State University Event Center.

Click here for the general tournament information site.

Click here for online registration.

Go go go!

45th Annual Kagami Biraki

Cenco Member and Friends,

This is an invitation to all Cenco members to join us for the 45th Annual Kagami Biraki (New Year’s Celebration) hosted by Soko Joshi, Palo Alto and San Jose Buddhist Judo Club. Please join us on Saturday, January 21, 2017 in the gymnasium next to the Palo Alto Buddhist Church, 2751 Louis Road, Palo Alto, CA94303 to kick off the coming Judo events of 2017.

It is modeled after the traditional ceremony done in Japan each year. It is 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM with the pot luck lunch following the ceremony. Please bring a dish to share. There will be 7 katas demonstrated as well as an exercise and randori demonstration session. We encourage all Cenco members and their families to attend to get reacquainted and to help us celebrate the coming of the new year.

Click here to view flyer (PDF)

Thank you,

Vaughn Imada