Two-Time Black Belt Hall of Famer Hayward Nishioka has been campaigning for judo in the United States to harvest more shodans (1st degree black belts) Shodan literally means student. It's analogous to being a freshman in college. It's not the end but the beginning according to Jigoro Kano, the Founder of Judo.

A very dear friend and sensei of mine the late Allen Johnson, may he rest in peace made a home at Emerald City Judo. In Redmond, Washington.

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Judo Canada and NANKA

This was just forwarded to me by my friend and colleague Keith Chu, President of Nanka (the SoCal Judo Consortium):

Judo Canada announces a partnership with Nanka Judo Yudanshakai, the organization that manages and organizes grassroots judo in Southern California, with the objective of providing optimal preparation for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics to athletes from both organizations.

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Nuway Combat
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This past weekend I was invited to referee the judo tournament held by NUWAY Combat at a venue in in San Marcos near San Diego by Arsen Aleksanyan their Director.
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Trick or Sweep

A few weeks ago I wrote about the upcoming Halloween Judo Weekend Las Vegas and how the Covid-19 Pandemic has nixed judo events in California and the West Coast for more than a year.

This included the 2021 Nevada Judo Association's Open Championship - Followed by a Driulis Gonzalez and Amarilis Savon Clinic sponsored by Ryoku Judo -

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