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OUR INSTRUCTORS

Our instructors are all volunteers. They donate their time and efforts for the teaching of judo and serving the community. All instructors are trained  and certified in SafeSport, CDC, first aid and CPR, as well as have their background checked.

WHO WE ARE

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Jim Pennington,
Head Instructor

Rank:   Rokudan

Year Started with Club:    1965

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Daniel Kikuchi,
Head Instructor

Rank:   Rokudan

Year Started with Club:    1960

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Elaine Abad, Instructor

Rank:   Godan

Year Started with Club:  1991

Kata certification - Nage no Kata, Katame no Kata, GoshinJutsu, 

Kime no Kata; Teacher's Certification

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Albert Kato, Instructor

Rank:   Godan

Year Started with Club: 1992

USA Judo coach's certification

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Neal Kodama,
Instructor

Rank: Yondan

Year started with the club: 2006

USA Judo coach's certification (International level)

National Referee

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Lance Kawata,
Instructor

Rank: Sandan 

Year started with the club: 2006

National Referee

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Andrew Takara, 
Instructor

Rank: Nidan

Year started with the club: 

2017

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Eric Nakagawa,

Assistant Instructor

Rank: Sandan

Year started with Club: 1994

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Terance Bantilan,
Assistant Instructor

Rank: Nidan

Year Started with Club: 1995

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Tommy Yamamoto,

Assistant Instructor

Rank: Sandan

Year Started with Club: 2001

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Mallory Kato,
Instructor

Rank: Nidan

Year started with the club: 1992

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Sarah Jabin, 
Instructor

Rank: Shodan

Year started with the club: 2006

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Rex Kinoshita,
Assistant Instructor

Rank: Nidan

Year Started with Club:  1992

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Larry Okumoto,
Assistant Instructor

Rank: Sandan

Year Started with Club: 2006

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Vaughn Imada, Instructor Emeritus

Rank: Rokudan

Year Started with Club: 1983