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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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Vaughn Imada, Head Instructor

Rank:   Rokudan

Year started with the club:    1983

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Daniel Kikuchi, Head Instructor

Rank:   Rokudan

Year started with the club:    1960

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Jim Pennington, Head Instructor

Rank:   Rokudan

Year started with the club:    1965

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Elaine Abad, Instructor

Rank:   Godan

Year started with the 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 the club:    1992

USA Judo coach's certification

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Bill Horbaly, Instructor

Rank:  Nidan

Year started with the club:  1992

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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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Roy Konishi, Instructor

Rank: Godan

Year started with the club: 1986

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Mallory Kato,

Instructor

Rank: Nidan

Year Started with Club: 1992

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Terance Bantilan, Assistant Instructor

Rank: Nidan

Year Started with Club: 1995

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Quang (Arik) Dao, Assistant Instructor

Rank: Sandan

Year Started with Club: 2002

National Referee

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Natalie Gonzalez,

Assistant Instructor

Rank: Shodan

Year Started with Club: 2002

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Jarrett Miner,

Assistant Instructor

Rank: Nidan

Year Started with Club: 2008

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Marcie Miner, Assistant Instructor

Rank: Nidan

Year Started with Club: 2008

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Frank Rocca,

Assistant Instructor

Rank: Sandan

Year Started with Club: 2001

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Tommy Yamamoto,

Assistant Instructor

Rank: Sandan

Year Started with Club: 2001

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Nathan Storey,

Assistant Instructor

Rank: Shodan

Year started with the club: 2008

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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 the club: 1994

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Sarah Jabin,

Student Assistant

Rank: Shodan

Year started with the club: 2006

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Olivia Kinoshita,

Student Assistant

Rank: Nikyu

Year started with the club: 2009

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Dan Hatano,

Guest Instructor

Rank: Godan

Year started with the club: 2005

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Brian Nitta,

Guest Instructor

Rank: Nidan

Year started with the club: 1989

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Rank: Sandan

Year started with the club: 2006

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Rank: Nidan

Year started with the club: 2006

Larry Okumoto,

Guest Instructor

Steve Yano,
Guest Instructor

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Matthew Dong, Guest Instructor

Rank: Sandan

Year started with the club: 2000

USA Judo National Coach

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Destinee Nagtalon,

Guest Instructor

Rank: Sandan

Year started with the club: 2005

USA Judo National Coach

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Sam Piearcy

Guest Instructor

Rank: Godan

Year started with the club: 2005

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Rikiya Yamamoto,

Guest Instructor

Rank: Shodan

Year started with the club: 2007