Just got word from Richard Nakatsu...
Sensei Ken Oda from Aiea Taiheiji Judo Club will be retiring from judo !
Sensei Curtis Sano will be taking over the club.
Sensei Oda has donated $2,000 from his club to the JBBAH!!!
Our 2020 JBBAH Judo Tournament was just held yesterday at the Baldwin High School Gym on the island of Maui.
There were just over 70 competitors and held on Maui for the first time. There were clubs from the Big Island and Oahu competing with the clubs from Maui. Everything went smoothly and the food there was good too!
Sensei Dean Shiraki, Head Sensei at the Mililani Seidokan Judo Club, also came over to handle the brackets for the tournament.
Thank you Sensei Dean.
Go to our RESULTS page to see the .jpg version of the results provided by Sensei Claude Moreau of the Makawao Hongwanji Judo Club. There are also lots of pictures of the tournament on our GALLERY page.
Videos of past clinics in Hawaii are now posted on our VIDEOS page.
Click on the "More" tab at the top of this page and more options will show up. Click on VIDEOS button to see the Hawaii Judo Clinics by champions.
Sensei Kevin Asano recently received one of the highest awards from the Japanese Foreign Ministries for excellence in promoting the Japanese culture outside of Japan!
Below are the results from today's JBBAH Judo Tournament held at the Boys & Girls Club Gym:
Congratulations to Sensei Scott Morifuji and Sensei Nicole Ward!! They received their Gold Patch yesterday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at the U.S. Open Judo Championships. The Gold Patch signifies the highest National ranking (N4) for referees for at least two years!
Welcome to the Judo Black Belt Association of Hawaii
Judo is the way to the most effective use of both physical and spiritual strength. By training you in attacks and defenses it refines your body and your soul and helps you make the spiritual essence of Judo a part of your very being. In this way you are able to perfect yourself and contribute something of value to the world. This is the final goal of Judo discipline.
Kano, Founder of Judo
Judo was developed in Japan in the year 1882 by Jigoro Kano. Kano was an educator, as well as a practitioner of jujitsu. Sensei Kano took techniques from several martial arts, combining western wrestling and new concepts in physical education and spiritual training. The resulting martial art form that he developed was called Judo, or “The Gentle Way”.
Anyone willing to learn more about Judo or the JBBAH is invited to browse the information in our website.
If you are interested in practicing Judo, click on the JBBAH Clubs link to find a Dojo (Judo practice hall) near you.
The Judo Black Belt Association of Hawaii is a local affiliate of the United States Judo Federation and is dedicated to bringing together a variety of Judo Clubs in Hawaii for the continued development progress and development of our clubs, our instructors, our competitors, and all of our members.
We are dedicated to supporting local Judo students by assisting in travel to mainland and foreign tournaments, and to bringing world-class instructors to Hawaii.
The Judo Black Belt Association of Hawaii was one of the first Yudanshakai (Judo Black Belt Association) established outside of Japan.