Cenco Cup Team Tournament Set for March 31st

Hi Judo Community!

Since team registration is quickly approaching, the CENCO Cup committee wanted to answer some FAQ’s to clarify anything that may be unclear.

(Q) Is the CENCO Cup only for CENCO clubs?

(A) No – all clubs are welcomed to register a team in the CENCO Cup as long as all participants hold a valid USJF, USJI or USJA membership

(Q) Can my dojo register a team in each of the divisions?

(A) Yes, each dojo is allowed to register 1 team in each division

(Q) If my dojo does not have enough players to field a team in a division, what can we do?

(A) You are welcomed to invite other judokas from other dojos to join your team. However, only 1 dojo will be represented.

(Q) Can my player fight in a higher division i.e. 15 yo in seniors?

(A) Yes – intermediate players are welcomed to fight in the senior division at the discretion of their head instructor and parents.

(Q) If my dojo completes the step 1 team registration, are we guanteed a slot in the CENCO Cup?

(A) No. Team slots will be accepted on a first come first serve basis with only the seeded teams guaranteed entry.

(Q) When will we know if our team registration is accepted?

(A) Once step 1 registration is completed, the CENCO Cup committee will notify you within 24-48 hours of status and provide step 2 instructions

(Q) Can we modify the team roster after teams have been submitted and accepted?

(A)  Yes, if any modifications are needed after registration is complete due to illness or any other unforeseen circumstances, please contact us immediately at

(Q) Is there going to be late registration or walk up registration?

(A) No – all teams must process online step 1 team registration and participants process step 2 player registration on the tournament website before midnight on 10/17.

(Q) What will happen if all the team players don’t process step 2 by 3/17?

(A) Major headaches and extra work for us so don’t do that…

More information can be found on the tournament website:

Together Through Judo


Spots filling up for Cenco Training Day! Register soon!

Hi Everyone,
We’ve been getting such a great response for this Sunday’s Workout, that we’ll need to move up the registration times for the event to 10:00 am to 10:30 am so that we can ensure a good start at 11 am.
Here is the agenda for the event:
Outside will be with your workout clothes and Inside will be in your Judo gi doing Uchikomi, etc.
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Please forward this new information to all your friends.
Also, Parents, Coaches, and Instructors, we’ll need lots of volunteers to ensure a fun-filled and challenging event. We’ll need help with lunch preparation, chaperoning/encouragement outside, and also extra coaches and instructors helping on the mat! Please bring your sweats and gi too.*;) winking
Thanks for your support!
Lorne Mayeda
CENCO Development Committee Co-Chair

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:



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.