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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

Vaughn Imada, Head Instructor

Rank:   Rokudan

Year started with the club:    1983

Daniel Kikuchi, Head Instructor

Rank:   Rokudan

Year started with the club:    1960

Jim Pennington, Head Instructor

Rank:   Rokudan

Year started with the club:    1965

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

Albert Kato, Instructor

Rank:   Godan

Year started with the club:    1992

USA Judo coach's certification

Bill Horbaly, Instructor

Rank:  Nidan

Year started with the club:  1992

Neal Kodama, Instructor

Rank: Yondan

Year started with the club: 2006

USA Judo coach's certification (International level)

National Referee

Lance Kawata, Instructor

Rank: Sandan 

Year started with the club: 2006

National Referee

Roy Konishi, Instructor

Rank: Godan

Year started with the club: 1986

Mallory Kato,

Instructor

Rank: Nidan

Year Started with Club: 1992

Terance Bantilan, Assistant Instructor

Rank: Nidan

Year Started with Club: 1995

Quang (Arik) Dao, Assistant Instructor

Rank: Sandan

Year Started with Club: 2002

National Referee

Natalie Gonzalez,

Assistant Instructor

Rank: Shodan

Year Started with Club: 2002

Jarrett Miner,

Assistant Instructor

Rank: Nidan

Year Started with Club: 2008

Marcie Miner, Assistant Instructor

Rank: Nidan

Year Started with Club: 2008

Frank Rocca,

Assistant Instructor

Rank: Sandan

Year Started with Club: 2001

Tommy Yamamoto,

Assistant Instructor

Rank: Sandan

Year Started with Club: 2001

Nathan Storey,

Assistant Instructor

Rank: Shodan

Year started with the club: 2008

Andrew Takara,

Assistant Instructor

Rank: Nidan

Year started with the club: 

2017

Eric Nakagawa,

Assistant Instructor

Rank: Sandan

Year started with the club: 1994

Sarah Jabin,

Student Assistant

Rank: Shodan

Year started with the club: 2006

Olivia Kinoshita,

Student Assistant

Rank: Nikyu

Year started with the club: 2009

Dan Hatano,

Guest Instructor

Rank: Godan

Year started with the club: 2005

Brian Nitta,

Guest Instructor

Rank: Nidan

Year started with the club: 1989

Rank: Sandan

Year started with the club: 2006

Rank: Nidan

Year started with the club: 2006

Larry Okumoto,

Guest Instructor

Steve Yano,
Guest Instructor

Matthew Dong, Guest Instructor

Rank: Sandan

Year started with the club: 2000

USA Judo National Coach

Destinee Nagtalon,

Guest Instructor

Rank: Sandan

Year started with the club: 2005

USA Judo National Coach

Sam Piearcy

Guest Instructor

Rank: Godan

Year started with the club: 2005

Rikiya Yamamoto,

Guest Instructor

Rank: Shodan

Year started with the club: 2007

 In an effort to limit the possible spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Board has decided to suspend all Judo practices until further notice          (to know more). The 2021 SJB tournament is canceled.(more)

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