Upcoming Tournaments Info

Please note the following upcoming tournaments:
Sunday, September 11th, 2016 – Nanka Fall Novice Tournament, Westminster, CA
It is NOT recommended to attend a tournament without a coach. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. If anyone has already registered for this tournament, please contact Sensei Mike.
Sunday, September 18th, 2016 – East Bay Judo Tournament, El Cerrito, CA
Early bird registration deadline is September 9th
Sunday, September 25th, 2016 – West Covina Novice Tournament, West Covina, CA
Registration information to follow
We ask that if you are new to the dojo or an existing judoka/student who has not previously competed, and would like to start competing, please see Sensei Mike or Sensei Richie prior to registering for any tournament.
If you should have any questions, please contact Sensei Mike or Sensei Richie.

The 2016 SGJD Tournament Fundraiser was a Success!!!

The 2016 SGJD Golf Tournament Fundraiser/Luncheon was a GREAT SUCCESS! Thank you to Arcadia Par3 Golf Course for hosting our tournament. We had a great turnout of about 99 competitors. Many of our golfers were delighted to see and meet the judoka “caddies” they were supporting by participating in this event. Here is a list of our winners:
Hole in One Contest – No Winner
Closest to the Hole – Lena Fukuda (6)  &  Alice Yamada (16)

Closest to the Hole – Norman Tamanaha (6) & Mas Tomita (16)

Putting Contest – David Endow

Under 60 yrs – Ray Baysa (M) & Natasha Darras Opel (W)
61-66 yrs – Glen Higa (M) & Mary Jane Baysa (W)
67-72 yrs – Norman Tamanaha (M) & None (W)
73+ yrs – Mikio Yoshitake (M) & Alice Yamada (W)
The luncheon was perfect! Everyone raved about how delicious the meal was that Olga & Rod Gallegos had prepared for us. We can’t wait to have them back again! THANK YOU SO MUCH, OLGA & ROD!
Thank you to Byron Takeuchi for allowing us to use some cooking equipment and donating his time.
We would like to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to all the San Gabriel Judo families that helped make this a very successful event. The dojo would not be able to put on this event without all the families continued support and dedication. Thank you for all your donations, ad purchases, playing golf, helping in the kitchen, clean up, taxi-service to and from the golf course, etc. Together, we work great as a team for an amazing cause – our kids!
Also, a special thank you to those who helped with the quick clean-up and set-up for the judo clinic!
Now it’s time to get our judokas ready for these upcoming tournaments!

Upcoming tournaments info

Sensei Richie is asking if anyone is interested in competing at the upcoming East Bay Invitational Judo Tournament, in El Cerrito, California on Sunday, September 18th. He will be renting a 15 passenger van and drive up Saturday and return Sunday.
Please see attached flyer or pre-register here:
Walk-Up Registration is $60 per contestant
Online Registration via PAYPAL is $40 per contestant
EARLY-BIRD registration thru September 9th is $30
If you are a judoka interested in competing at this tournament and would like to carpool, please reply to this email as soon as possible. As we would like to get a head count to plan accordingly.
In addition, we had mentioned in an earlier email that our Dojo was invited to participate in the Hawaii State Championships, in Oahu, Hawaii, on Sunday, December 4th, and was wondering if any judokas are interested in going to this tournament.
Please let us know as soon as possible if you are interested in participating in either one of the above mentioned tournaments, so we can plan accordingly.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sensei Richie.

Janine Nakao Judo Clinic Aug. 20th, 2016



We will be hosting a clinic with guest judoka, Janine Nakao, on Saturday, August 20th from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

All are welcome to come and learn from this highly decorated American Judo Champion. Please see the attached flyer for this event.
As you may know, it will be held at the dojo immediately following the golf tournament luncheon.



2016 Summer National Championships Recap














Ryder Y. (Most Outstanding Male Competitor Award)

Jeralyn M.
Joey K.
Meena P.
Govind O.

Jordan M.
Stanley W.
Shea H.

There was some impressive Judo at this event. The Hawaiians were just dynamite. And Ippon Judo from pacific northwest area was more than we could handle today. A few of our judokas held their own, but just fell short.

Again, we have some sharpening to do. But our players are right there in the mix! With a little more experience, we’ll be contenders for years to come!

Thanks to our SG Judokas for bravely representing us in the biggest Judo event in the country. It is scary entering this tournament. All of you were nervous, but you all demonstrated good Judo out there. All of the senseis are extremely proud of each of you.

Thanks to the SG parents! You guys make the best of every moment! The kids and senseis sure are lucky to be taken care of so well. Thank you.

Thanks to the Coaches…Mike Noriega, Alan Shimamoto, Ken Sakuda, Mako Yoshitake and Eileen McNair! The heat was on! & you guys supported the kids so well. Win or lose, we left everything on the mat!

Thank you to Ellen Shimamoto…for coming out on Friday as a volunteer helping out with Coach registration. That was way cool of you to represent us like that.

Thanks to the SG Referees…Tomo Matsuoka, who was the Tournament Referee Coordinator aka Nanka Referee Chairman, and Sensei Glenn Koyama. You guys did a great job out there, and we thank you for representing our dojo.

Overall, we have a lot of catching up to do, but together we can make the most of what Judo has to offer. I am so grateful!