Goshin-Jitsu and Kime-No-Kata Clinic June 2nd/3rd with Eiko Shepherd at Soko Joshi

There will be a kata clinic with Sensei Eiko Shepherd on June 2nd and 3rd at Soko Joshi in San Francisco. The seminar will be all day both Saturday and Sunday and will cover Goshin-Jitsu and Kime-No-Kata.

Sensei Shepherd is an eighth-degree black belt (hachidan) and an expert in kata. Click here to read more about Sensei Shepherd in this 2012 article from USA Judo (PDF).

Please see the attached flyer for details on the clinic: Cenco Kata Clinic_6_3_18 (PDF)

Kata Championships and National Conference

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2017 Ju No Kata National Champions Chishiro Nishitani and Olga Bakhtiarova from Soko Joshi Dojo in San Francisco

Dear Judoka,

Please share these upcoming events and announcements with your judo clubs:

The 29th Fukuda International Kata Championship will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017.  Registration form and information available at www.sokojoshijudo.com/kata.

The USJF National Kata Conference will be held from July 24-28, 2017.  Note that mail in registration ended on June 30, but walk in registration is still available.  Click here for details, including registration form.

Finally, the documentary Mrs. Judo is now available on Amazon for purchase or rent.  Also available on iTunes.

Please help us spread the word about the July Kata Conference, October Kata Tournament, and Mrs. Judo!!!

Pam Mery, Yondan

Soko Joshi Judo Club

45th Annual Kagami Biraki

Cenco Member and Friends,

This is an invitation to all Cenco members to join us for the 45th Annual Kagami Biraki (New Year’s Celebration) hosted by Soko Joshi, Palo Alto and San Jose Buddhist Judo Club. Please join us on Saturday, January 21, 2017 in the gymnasium next to the Palo Alto Buddhist Church, 2751 Louis Road, Palo Alto, CA94303 to kick off the coming Judo events of 2017.

It is modeled after the traditional ceremony done in Japan each year. It is 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM with the pot luck lunch following the ceremony. Please bring a dish to share. There will be 7 katas demonstrated as well as an exercise and randori demonstration session. We encourage all Cenco members and their families to attend to get reacquainted and to help us celebrate the coming of the new year.

Click here to view flyer (PDF)

Thank you,

Vaughn Imada