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.

Friday, February 14, 2014


Hi all!
Lots of things going on this coming week.  Mark your calendars!
** There is kata practice tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 15th.  Practice starts at 9am at: 3306 Industry Drive, Signal Hill.  All GJC members are welcome to attend. 
** There is a board meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 19th at 7pm in room 203.  All members are welcome.
** We are hosting Nanka Senior Practice on Saturday, Feb. 22nd.  Practice starts at 10am
** West Covina Judo Tournament on Sunday, Feb. 23rd.  Click the link for further details West Convina Tourn reg forms
** Picture day is Feb. 24th.  Please pick up an order sheet during practice. 
Have a great holiday weekend!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Picture Day

Mark your calendars!
Picture day has been scheduled for Monday, February 24th starting at 6pm. All-League Sports will be there to take individual pictures as well as our annual group photo.  We will have the order forms available starting tomorrow, but listed below is the most basic package.  If you will be taking "buddy photos", please plan on completing two separate forms.  
Shonen/Seniors-- We will be taking our group photo at the beginning of the seond class.  Please be on time!
Thank you!
The basic package is $15.00 it includes:
1 - Memory Mate
1 - 5x7 Team
2 - 3.5 x 5 Individuals
1 - 3" photo button
4 - 2x3 Wallets

Monday, January 27, 2014

Announcements (Week of 1/27/14)

I am pleased to announce that Gardena Judo Club will be a recipient of a LA-84 grant.  The funds we receive will help us purchase new mats, that are softer, lighter and much easier to set-up.  A special thank you to Sam Joo, Aurea Montes-Rodriguez, Ken Teshima, Ryan Shiroma and to all the other members of our GJC family that helped make this a reality.  Here is a link to an article that tells you a bit more about the program .  While this grant will certainly help, we still have a ways to go before we reach our fundraising goal.  We'll continue to send email updates, or please check out our website for information on these events.

Lastly, all Gardena Judo Club members are invited to the OCK kata program where you can learn and practice any of the styles of kata.  Practices are on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 9am-12pm at Servite High School (1952 W. La Palma Ave. Anaheim, CA).  For further information, speak with Sensei Low Dong.

Have a great week!

1984 Olympics Foundation awards $1.7 million to youth sports in Los Angeles

Gardena Judo Club is among two dozen organizations which were awarded grants from the LA84 Foundation. Read the article in the Los Angeles Daily News by clicking the link below.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

A look at November and a peek at December

*Thursday, 11/07: Ne-waza clinic from Pedro Soriano Sensei. Ne-waza is groundwork (grappling, holding, chokes, armlocks, etc.).
*Monday, 11/11: NO JUDO in observance of Veterans Day.
*Sunday, 11/17: Mojica Judo Tournament. We are seeking members to assist with scorekeeping. Please see Ray Matsumoto, if interested.  Pre-weigh ins are TBD and should allowed at OUR dojo before the tournament.  Click this link for paperwork and info: 11-17-13_Mojica_Judo_Tournament__Forms_with_Waiver.pdf
*Tuesday, 11/19: Monthly board meeting. 7:00pm, upstairs at the JCI.

*Monday, 11/25: Last day of regular judo will be our quarterly shiai and general election. Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to serve GJC!  I have not received any new nominees so once again here is our 2014 Board:

President: Brianna Matsuura
1st Vice President: James Padilla
2nd Vice President: Fernando Montes-Rodriguez
Recording Secretary:  Mary Oki
Corresponding Secretary – Newsletter: Sharyl Oda
Treasurer: Ken Teshima
Auditor: Michelle Deines
Tournament Director:  Ray Matsumoto
Liaison Officer – USJF: Rowena Docuyanan
Yonen Class Attendance: Ray Matsumoto
Shonen Class Attendance: Ray Matsumoto
Hospitality: Mary Fujita and Nikki Langit
Purchasing Agent: Ryan Shiroma
Promotion Coordinator: Nikki Langit
          Public Relations CoordinatorLinda Terao

Yudansha Chair: Ryan Fukuhara and Reuben Chen
Club Coach: Yuki Fujita and Arnold  Sugimoto
*Our year end party is set for Sunday, December 1st. Details forthcoming. Hope to see you there.
*As usual, we will not have normal practices during December, but kata sessions will be available for any member interested. Dates/Times to be determined. Click for some kata examples
*Dues reminder, We are starting a new month. Also, if you can, please remit for December if you won't be there for kata sessions. Thank you.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

2014 board positions

Greetings Members,

The end of 2013 will be quickly upon us and it is time to start thinking about 2014.  Elections for the 2014 Board will take place very soon. Date is TBD, but very soon.  I am encouraging all current members to consider running for a position on the Board.  This is an excellent opportunity to get involved in the Judo Club. The Board meets once a month.  The board meetings are open to any member of the Club.

Below are the positions that we will be accepting nominations for.

Thank you,
Jesse Sasaki, President

POSITIONS (click here for a summary of officers duties)

  • President
  • 1st Vice President
  • 2nd Vice President
  • Recording Secretary
  • Corresponding Secretary - Newsletter
  • Treasurer
  • Auditor
  • Tournament Director
  • Liaison Officer - USJF
  • Yonen Class Attendance
  • Shonen Class Attendance
  • Hospitality
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Promotion Coordinator
  • Public Relations Coordinator
Note that the Club Coach and Yudanshakai Chairperson are nominated by the Yudanshakai (black belts).