Makimoto tournament cancelled – promotions page updated

Just a heads up, the Makimoto PAL tournament in Vacaville, scheduled for the 28th of January, has been cancelled.

The promotions page has been updated with new dates – paperwork deadline is April 6th, and the test will be May 19th in Palo Alto.

The Cenco Cup was a great success as well, look for more updates soon!

Eleven dan rank promotions at fall Central Coast meeting

On Saturday, November 19th, the Central Coast Judo Association convened the fall meeting of the Board of Examiners to test eight people for shodan (first degree black belt) and three people for nidan (second degree black belt). The examinations took place at City College of San Francisco. After reviewing the candidates on paper, we broke into small groups and had a practical examination of their proficiency in throws, pins, chokes, armbars, and combination techniques. All were promoted. Congratulations to the new black belts:

  • Shyo Yamamoto – San Jose Buddhist Judo Club
  • Akiko Balitactac – Palo Alto Judo Club
  • Harry Burleson – Nibukikan Judo
  • Austin Stahl – Nibukikan Judo
  • Rogelio Morales – Nakano Judo Academy
  • Juam Gamboa – City College of San Francisco
  • David Nguyen – City College of San Francisco
  • Ashkan Moghaddan – Berkeley Judo

And congratulations to the new nidans:

  • Marcie Miner – San Jose Buddhist Judo Club
  • Jarrett Miner – San Jose Buddhist Judo Club
  • Lancelot Kao – City College of San Francisco

Part of the requirement for shodan is to demonstrate proficiency in Nage-No-Kata. Most candidates fulfill this requirement by attending clinics put on by Cenco member club Soko Joshi, but Ashkan Moghaddan elected to demonstrate instead, so we had a very nice demonstration of Nage No Kata. Lancelot Kao did an experimental teaching unit to test his teaching ability and gave us all a lesson on ken-ken uchimata.

Thank you to the Board of Examiners and thank you to everyone that came out for this event.

CENCO Referee Clinic led by Olympic Referee Gary Takemoto



In conjunction with Palo Alto Judo Club’s annual tournament, CENCO will be offering an exciting Referee Clinic led by Gary Takemoto on 11/12/2016 (USJF SANCTION # 16-11-10).

Sensei Takemoto was the only U.S. referee selected to officiate at the Olympic Games, a rare honor indicative of his status as one of the U.S.’s most highly regarded referees.

This Referee Clinic will be hosted by the Palo Alto Judo Club on Saturday, November 12th from 10am to 4pm at the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, 2751 Louis Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303.

As you may know, from this November forward, CENCO will require Dan candidates to be certified as referees.  For those seeking local or regional referee certification, a test will be administered at the end of the Saturday clinic and then a practical examination will follow during Palo Alto’s tournament on Sunday November 13th at the Menlo-Atherton High School gym.  The tournament Officials meeting on Sunday will start at 9am.

The cost to attend this clinic for CENCO members will be $35 and $40 for members of clubs outside CENCO.

The clinic will cover both current status and possible future directions for rules and will be of great value for Referees, Coaches, and Competitors alike:

  • Referees: Improve your “game” and get ready for further advancement
  • Coaches: Learn how Referees are being guided and prepare your athletes accordingly
  • Competitors: Learn how you can seek ethical advantages and avoid surprises on the mat
  • Questions: Please email
  • Participants may bring their own lunch or elect to join an order for sandwiches which will be organized when the clinic starts.
  • Dress code is business casual: polo shirt and slacks, no sweats, no short pants, no gym gear.  Attendees may want to have a gi in their car just in case, but we expect few if any will be asked to suit up with a gi.

Clinic registration and liability waiver is attached – please share!