USJF Self Defense Committee Report from Mr. Neil Simon

The Self Defense Committee has been assisting several Yudanshakai in launching their own self defense committees.  Over that last three years, the Committee has offered grants to Yudanshakai through the development committee to launch programs.  Several Yudanshakai worked together to develop their self defense programs and curricula to help consolidate resources.  Many of the smaller Yudanshakai did not have the resources to start a new committee so they chose to work together to have a self defense program.

The last two Yudanshakai grants were utilized in May (by the two Hawaii Yudanshakai) and in June (by Shufu).  There were a total of 21 participants in the three Hawaii workshops (13 in Oahu and 4 in Kona for the two certification classes and 4 in the Kona re-certification class).  Shufu had 19 in its certification class and will have a follow-up re-certification class at a later date.  All three organizations recognized the opportunity a self defense program could offer them in order to bring new members into judo.

Shufu President Roy Englert sent out the following email to his constituents which summarized the event well:

“On the heels of a very successful self-defense instructors’ clinic, it may be worth clarifying what we are doing and why.

It is Shufu’s leading goal, as determined by the black belts at a retreat held a couple of years ago, to grow judo. Bringing people into judo through their interest in self-defense is one under-used path.

As every instructor knows, it is important for a dojo to maintain insurance coverage. The USJF self-defense program is the product of negotiations between USJF and our insurance carrier to make sure that there is agreement on how a dojo can incorporate techniques beyond IJF shiai judo and retain coverage.

There are techniques — including de-escalation and situational awareness, not just waza — that can be taught in a one-day seminar to help people defend themselves in common situations, and presenting those techniques can be a public service as well as a gateway to judo. But anyone interested in waza useful in self-defense needs to learn the waza over a period of time and practice them so that they become part of muscle memory. And that is where we judoka can set up a win-win situation, gaining judo students and providing those students with something they want.

The clinics that USJF puts on are not waza clinics. The waza we should teach are existing judo waza (including atemi waza used in the self-defense katas such as kime no kata, koshiki no kata (added) and Goshin Jutsu). The goal of clinics is to explore ways to teach self-defense through the waza we already know, and to learn more about common situations calling for self-defense and about de-escalation and escape techniques, all taking into account learning from neuroscience and other fields of study. The team USJF sends out to the Yudanshakai for this purpose includes a police officer, a lawyer, and a former USJF President familiar with relevant scientific learning as well as strategic planning.”

The Self Defense Committee has exposed 17 Yudanshakai to the USJF Self Defense Process. The Committee will now transition into an oversight role for the program, which will include continued outreach to the Yudanshakai with support and guidance, creation of different additional training opportunities, Continuing Education Unit development, overall program coordination, and when asked provide specific Self Defense Training classes.

The Committee is also in the process of establishing a website for the general public as well as have a private section for trainers, teachers and assistant teachers.  This private section will contain information that can be used by the certified members as well as a discussion forum so specific issues can be discussed.

 

 

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SJSU students Fundraiser for World University Games

This coming Friday night we will be having a special practice at Silicon Valley Judo. We will be hosting the SJSU Judo Team’s Fundraiser clinic during our Adults Class.

These students fought hard and emerged as the best collegiate Judo players in the country and were given the opportunity to represent our country in the World University Games which is being held at the beginning of July. Unfortunately, there is no national funding for our athletes and so they will have to find a way to pay for this rare opportunity themselves. We are holding this fundraiser to give everyone in the community a chance to help them out in their Judo journey.

The clinic is meant for students who are 11 years old and up. They’ll have the opportunity to work with and learn from these elite athletes as well as their Coach, Tanaka-Sensei, who has been a major All-Japan Championship contender as well.

Please join us!

NEW Venue Location for CENCO Cup

Hi Judo Community,

All I can say is, sometimes life just hits you like a bag of rocks!

The CENCO Cup committee was just informed that San Jose State must complete some previously unforeseen maintenance at the Yoshiro Uchida Hall on the same weekend as our event.

We begged, pleaded and tried to have the maintenance postponed but to no prevail.

Now the good news. With the help of the CENCO community, we were able to procure a replacement venue in 1 day that is only about 6 miles away!

New location of the CENCO Cup (thank you Alejandro!)

August Boeger Middle School

Main Gymnasium

1944 Flint Ave. San Jose, CA 95148

Schedule of the day is to remain the same with weigh-ins starting at 7:30AM.

Please inform all your participants and parents of the location change.

We apologize for this inconvenience but Together Through Judo, we will have our #CENCOmoment (just not at SJSU!).

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. Final registration closes this Friday at midnight and brackets will be out by the following Monday.

Regards,

Andrew

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

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