Cenco Training Day January 20th

What is the CENCO Training Camp?
A day full of exercises on and off the mat, lunch included.

Why are we doing it?
To give all CENCO judokas and community members the opportunity to come together, train as a group and provide long lasting experiences.

Who can participate?
All ages and experience levels are welcomed to participate.

What do I need to bring?
Make sure to bring your gi, exercise clothes and running shoes (yes, we will be running!).

How much, where is it at and when?
The training camp will cost $20.00 per person (lunch provided) and will be hosted by Silicon Valley Judo (92 North Almaden Boulevard, Suite B, San Jose, CA 95110) on Sunday, January 20th from 11am-2pm. Fees will be used to fund future developmental activities.

All Cenco Clubs welcome at SJSU Friday night open mats

***Starts January 18th, 2019***

Dear Cenco Member

Mr. Yosh Uchida has extended an invitation to Cenco clubs to participate in the Friday evening (5:30-7:30) open practice at Yosh Uchida Hall dojo.

For young students, we recommend age 13 and older, at least orange/green belt, but please use your discretion.

He is also asking Cenco club instructors to attend to learn teaching techniques from the SJSU instructors, such as Mike Swain, Kosuke Tanaka and Toni Lettner.

Hope you will take advantage of this offer from Mr. Uchida and the San Jose State University Judo Team. Mr. Uchida has said that no fee is required. Please make sure your Judo membership is current before you attend.

-Vaughn Imada

Grappling Central Podcast interview with Marti Malloy

Take a listen to this great interview with Olympic Bronze medalist and World Championship Silver medalist Marti Malloy! You’ll hear about Marti’s early years and how she got started in judo, her competition years and what she’s up to now.

Grappling Central episode 343

Junior Competition Clinic with Shintaro Nakano December 15-16

Shintaro Nakano will be having a Competition Clinic coming up soon at his dojo in Santa Clara. For kids between the ages of 10 and 20 with a minimum belt rank of orange.

Click here for more information on the training camp.

Click here to download the application form —–> 2018 Nakano Judo Winter Camp

Nov. 11 Palo Alto Tournament

November 11th, 2018 Palo Alto Invitational:
National Referee Testing and Evaluation Site
Officials Meeting: 9am at the tournament location
Tournament Location:
Menlo-Atherton High School , 555 Middlefield Rd, Atherton, CA

November 10th: National Referee Clinic starting at 11am
Also Regional and Local Clinic and Testing with a pre-Clinic starting at 10am
Clinic Location:
Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, 2751 Louis Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303


Nov. 10 Palo Alto Referee Clinic

  1. National / Regional / Local test candidates are required to attend the Clinic on Saturday November 10th (details below).All others (if you‘re an IJF or National ref already, or your a Regional referee NOT testing for National),we‘re just delighted to have you and attendance at the Clinic is very much encouraged but optional.  If your travel requires it you can just attend the Officials’ Meeting the day of the tournament on November 11th.
  2. If you have Regional Refs in your dojos who might want to take the National Referee test, this will be a great opportunity that does not require flying far away and testing among unfamiliar people.Please encourage test takers to review the linked Refereeing Judo manual in advance, which will greatly help toward their success.  The manual has been updated with the latest interpretations which will be applied at our tournament.
  3. Please bring your radios and earpieces:  we will be running electronic scoreboards AND Care System on all four mats, so this will be excellent practice for higher level tournaments.We will also have earpieces for sale and an assortment of radios that you can borrow with a cash deposit but those are mostly meant for new test takers and other beginners that don’t own radios yet.
  4. Hotel recommendations:
    1) Nearest to Menlo Atherton High School where the the tournament will be:
    Residence Inn by Marriott Palo Alto Menlo Park
    555 Glenwood Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025
    Menlo Park, California
    (650) 327-2000
    (2) Hotel where the USA Judo examiners will stay and is near the University Avenue Palo Alto downtown with lost of eating options etc.:

    The Westin Palo Alto
    675 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301
    Palo Alto, California
    (650) 321-4422


November 11th, 2018 Palo Alto Invitational:
National Referee Testing and Evaluation Site
Officials Meeting: 9am at the tournament location
Tournament Location:
Menlo-Atherton High School ,
 555 Middlefield Rd, Atherton, CA

November 10th: National Referee Clinic starting at 11am
Also Regional and Local Clinic and Testing with a pre-Clinic starting at 10am
Clinic Location: Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, 2751 Louis Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303

The tournament will be a testing and evaluation site for national and regional referees.

Clinic Location:    Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, 2751 Louis Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303

Referee and Coach Workshop/Clinic AND written tests for candidates will be held on Saturday, November 10th,starting at 10am for Regional and Local attendees and at 11am for National Clinic attendees.


National Written Exam will be given at  4:00pm.

Local and regional tests will also be given  to other referee candidates.

Clinic Attendance is mandatory for candidates testing at any level, but others may instead attend only the Officials Meeting on the day of the tournament.



Attire for both clinic and tournament is IJF/National referee uniform for IJF/national referees, and gray slacks and white polo shirt for local and regional referees.


RADIOS:  (Earpieces will be on sale and a FEW radios will be available for a cash deposit)

Please bring you radios and earpieces; in case you need to purchase any, the host organization recommends: Radios:https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ECW9DB4/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_6OyRBb7JXAFVA

Earpieces: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VJACF3U/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_3QyRBbS173MSR


Instructions for National Candidates only:

REQUIREMENTS: National referee exam candidates must provide copies of the following documentation; no originals please.

  • Digital 2″x2″ high resolution photo (2 megapixel or better), against a plain background, which you will email to the people listed below.
  • Copy of proof of age and US citizenship/permanent residence. Passport or birth certificate are acceptable; driver’s license is not.
  • Copy of Dan Rank proof (Rank certificate or Rank validated USA Judo/USJI card).
  • Copy of dated Regional Referee Certificate.
  • Proof of USA Judo membership (current USA Judo/USJI card or Life Membership).
  • Background investigation results on file or download and submit background form to get it started. You can ask the USJF office to share the one they did for any dan promotion for you to USA Judo. The referee commission doesn’t want the results, they want it on file with USA Judo.
  • Examination fee; see below.
  • Notify the following people of your intention to be tested:

For National candidates only: Please use Subject “PAJC NATIONAL TEST”

For all candidates, please indicate in the Subject what level you are testing for: “PAJC NATIONAL TEST” or “REGIONAL/LOCAL TEST”



The Clinic cost will be $35 for CENCO members and $40 for members of clubs outside CENCO; Clinic attendance checks should be written to CENCO. 

National Candidates: In addition to the Clinic fees, please be prepared to write a check/checks for $30 for the USA Judo examination fee, and then for successful candidates a check for $20 for National Referee registration. Make these two checks payable to USA Judo.

Randori, Shiai, Kata – Something for Everyone on the Fall Judo Calendar

daria bilodid ouchigari

(Photo: Daria Bilodid becomes the youngest ever Senior World Champion with her trademark left sided o-uchi-gari in the -48kg final in Baku)

Just a reminder to check the calendar for all the great judo events coming up soon.

On Sunday, October 21, TriValley Judo in Pleasanton will be hosting an open mat for juniors age 6-14. There is no fee.

Also on that Sunday, and every Sunday, there is an open workout with Master CJ Lee at Do Martial Arts in Castro Valley. Come get a great workout with a former South Korean judo champion and local black belts from UC Berkeley, Stanford, and everywhere in between.

The next weekend there are two events. On Saturday the 27th, the Fukuda Kata Championships will be held at the City College of San Francisco. The day after, it’s the Hanabi Halloween Classic in Albany.

Next month it’s more great judo events with the Palo Alto tournament and the CCSF tournament being held on consecutive weekends.

Of interest to referees, the day before the Palo Alto tournament there will be a clinic and testing for both regional and national level referees.

The day before the CCSF tournament, Cenco will be holding our fall promotional exam!

As always check the calendar for all the details on these great events. Thanks to everyone in the Bay Area and Northern California judo community for your effort in organizing these great events.

Capital Open this Sunday in Sacramento – including Kata Competition and Master’s Divisions!

This Sunday, October 7th, the 83rd Annual Capital Open will be held in Sacramento, California. This tournament is hosted by Sacramento Judo, one of the oldest judo clubs in the country.

In addition to regular shiai divisions for kids and adults, it also features kata competition and Master’s divisions for competitors age 30 and up!



Click here for all the information on the 2018 Capital Open.

Click here for a direct link to the entry form (PDF).


Reminder EBJI Tournament September 16th

Don’t forget to register for the East Bay Judo Invitational. The organizers have made it very easy to REGISTER ONLINE for this tournament, and are offering substantial discounts for early registration.

  • Register online up until September 7th – $30
  • Register online up until September 14th at midnight – $40
  • Register on site in person – $70

It definitely pays to register early! You can also see a list of registered participants here. Cool! More than a month out there are already almost 50 participants, with many more expected.