Interview with Yoshihiro Uchida – “Pioneer of American Judo” Sunday, November 21, at 1PM Pacific 


Sensei Yosh Uchida, 10th Degree Black Belt, San Jose State University 

The USJF continues its series of collaborative presentations and information sharing. Join our Zoom webinar with Judo Legend, Sensei Yoshihiro “Yosh” Uchida.

Sensei Uchida is an American judo coach, businessman, entrepreneur, and educator who is best known for his  contribution to judo development in the United States. 

While being a part time judo coach at San Jose State University, Sensei Uchida and University of California,  Berkeley judo coach Henry Stone began developing rules to allow their students to compete against each other,  including a weight class system, moving judo away from a martial art for self-defense to sport for competition. 

Stone and Uchida persuaded the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) to sanction judo in 1953; the first AAU National  Championship in judo was held at San Jose State in that year. From 1960 to 1961, Uchida served as president of the  Judo Black Belt Federation of America (USJF), which under his leadership started a pilot program for a national  ranking system. 

Join our Webinar interview with Sensei Yosh Uchida and be part of Judo History. 

Time: Nov 21, 2021 01:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 

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67th annual Palo Alto Judo Club Invitational – Virtual Tournament (of Knowledge)

Virtual Tournament Date: Saturday, November 14, 2020
 – 10:00am start time for ages 13 and under
 – 11:00am start time for 14+ years old

What is a Virtual Tournament (of Knowledge)?
Since we can’t test your physical judo skills, we’ll test your judo knowledge.  The tournament will be a competition to determine who possesses deep judo knowledge.  Contestants will be presented with a series of multiple-choice questions via Zoom, and participants have a limited amount of time to provide the correct responses.  We hope to make it a fun experience.

We recommend that participants use two devices (such as a computer and a mobile phone or tablet) to access both Zoom and Kahoot at the same time.  For example, you can have Zoom on your computer and Kahoot on your phone.

You can also download the Kahoot app to your phone or tablet.  If you have not used Kahoot before, we recommend you test it out prior to the actual tournament.

The tournament will last roughly 20-25 minutes.  

What kinds of questions should I expect?

Participants will be tested on their knowledge of the English and Japanese names of various judo throws, mat holds and other judo techniques.  There will be questions about tournament terminology, rules and scoring as well as judo history.

How does Kahoot determine the winners?

Participants are awarded a specific number of points for a correct answer and how quickly the question was answered correctly.  Points are awarded after each question and Kahoot keeps track of who is leading during the tournament.

Is there an entry fee?

No.  This event is free.  We just ask that you act respectfully and responsibly when participating.  Parents/Guardians: Please monitor your little ones.

Do I have to wear my judo gi?

No, but if you haven’t put on your judo gi in a while, this is a good excuse to put it on!  There may even be bonus points for wearing it.

Are there divisions and prizes?
There will be two divisions:

·         Junior (ages 13 and under)

·         Intermediate & Senior (ages 14+)

Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place within each division:

·         1st place: Mizuno Competition Gi

·         2nd place: $100 Target gift card

·         3rd place: $50 Target gift card

Thank you to Hatashita Sports for donating the judo gis.

How do I register for the tournament?

Fill out the registration form by November 13th.  We will send out an email with all the details including the Zoom participation link the day before the event.

I have more questions.  Who can I ask?
Send an email to and we’ll be happy to provide any additional information.

We hope you can participate.  It should be a lot of fun!  Looking forward to “seeing” everyone.

Stay healthy,

The Palo Alto Judo Club

Promotional and Ref Clinic Dates Set For This November

CENCO plans to conduct our November promotional meeting on Sunday November 22, 2020.

Candidates will not attend, and the Zoom link will be sent to Board Of Examiners members prior to the meeting.

Please find all the promotion details here:

In anticipation of new Shodan promotional requirements for attendance at a referee clinic, Cenco will offer a clinic on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 10am. Details will be shared prior to that meeting.

JUDOCAST – Sharing inspirational Judo Stories

Sensei Chuck Jefferson started a new podcast, ” Judocast” !!

“I hope can be an inspiration for all judokas.  The podcast is not about me or my club, rather a platform to share inspirational judo stories.   I hope all the Judo clubs could share the podcast with their members.    Sharing the great stories of our community will help inspire people to make Judo a bigger part of their lives.   In times like this, we can use this type of platform to give our members a connection to Judo.    You can find the podcast on all the major podcast platforms and of course it is free for everyone!  ” – Chuck Jefferson

Here are some links to the biggest platforms:

Judocast on Spotfiy

Judocast on Itunes

If you have additional questions please contact :

Chuck Jefferson – – M: 408-605-4872

Thanks for sharing !

USJF Open Mat with Sensei Aoron Kunihiro – 1 JULY at 12 PM (PT)

Open Mat with Sensei Aaron Kunihiro from San Gabriel Judo Club

When : Wednesday, July 1st at 12:00pm Pacific Time (9:00am Hawaii Time, 3:00pm Eastern Time).

Where : Virtual Open Mat Link:
Meeting ID: 839 4778 3491
Password: USJF

See you on Zoom!

USJF Social Media Team

Nage No Kata Clinics – Soko Joshi – Canceled

Date:   April 18, 2020  — RSVP by  4/16/2020

            May 2, 2020  —  RSVP  by   4/30/2020

Time:   12:30 pm – 2:30pm  (may run over time)

Location:   Soko Joshi Judo Club

                  1622 Castro Street

                  San Francisco, CA 94114

Cost:   $20 per person

Maximum capacity :  6 People

Countdown for SJB Tournament Sunday 16th February – Pre-registration deadline : Wednesday February 12, 2020 – 10:00 PM.

The deadline for online pre-registration for the 2020 SJB 72nd Annual and 28th “Sensei Memorial” Invitational Judo Tournament is Wednesday February 12, 2020 – 10:00 PM.  You must be pre-registered for the discounted rate and to weigh in at the Satellite locations on Thursday, February 13. If you are pre-registered and cannot not weigh-in at the satellite location on Thursday, you can weigh in on Saturday, February 15 at the SJSU Event Center.  

Walk up registration is open on Saturday, February 15 at the SJSU Event Center, however the reduced rate will not apply.

To register online follow the link    Please refer to the website for satellite locations and other tournament information.