Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Goshinjutsu / Self Defense Class Begins Friday 01/16/2015

Sensei Ken Teshima will begin our Goshinjutsu / Self Defense Class Friday, January 16, 2015.

Please note:

  • Mat set-up from 3:30 - 4:00 pm
  • Class is from 4:00 - 6:00 pm (class ends at  5:45 and mat break down after).
  • We will need new release forms signed and initial payment of $50
  • Fee is $5 per class attended
  • Enrollment is currently full, but interested parties may add their name to the waiting list.

Sunday, January 11, 2015


Starting last year, the GJC board has worked hard to get organized and update many of our processes and procedures.  Thank you to everyone for their hard work!  Please see the below messages...

** Registration forms:  Our registration forms serve as both a liability waiver and a way to document your most up-to-date contact information.  Starting Monday 1/12/15, everyone on the mat needs a complete a new registration form.  

** Photo Waiver: Occasionally, group photos of Gardena Judo Club members are submitted to the local newspaper (Gardena Valley News) or in advertisements for the JCI.  Additionally, with our 65th anniversary tournament around the corner, some of the group pictures and snap shots may be used for promotional materials.  This photo waiver is both acknowledging this fact and gives GJC the permission to utilize these pictures.  Parents, please note that if you do no grant permission to GJC, it is your responsibility to remove your child from group pictures. 

** Disenrollment: In the past there has been some confusion about students "taking a break", taking a leave of absence and/or disenrolling from GJC.  Students who do not inform us of their desire to take a leave of absence or disenroll are billed their normal dues. 

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

USJA Channel on YouTube features Hal Sharp

Sensei Sharp is in the process of writing a Judo instruction manual for juniors with Eric Nishioka as the art director. It will represent the" Road to Black belt". He found that many areas essential for judo are very difficult to describe in writing. Therefore, he has created 31 YouTube videos, most of which deal with the essentials of judo. Attached is a list of the YouTube videos with a brief description. Click here to access the USJA channel on YouTube. Starting with "Asahi's Tokuiwaza" the videos cover instructional material. When the book is published you will have a better appreciation for these videos. As an historical note, the first book written by Kodokan in 1910, stated that the different tricks or techniques will not work unless you understand the elements for victory, i.e. breaking the opponents balance, being in a good position and throwing with good form in one continuous movement. Much of these YouTube videos are based on these concepts.