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Ojukan Moving April 1 2019

    Ojukan Judo Club Members and Families – This letter is to keep club members and families informed about some exciting changes coming to the Ojukan Judo Club.

    The first change is we are moving to a new facility at the end of March, as the Hillsboro Armory is being sold to the Washington County Fair Grounds. The new location is Angel’s Bootcamp located at 5749 NW Cornelius Pass Road Hillsboro, Oregon 97124. Angel’s Bootcamp is a wonderful facility which includes a sprung floor!

    The second change is our schedule; we will be running classes on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm to 8:30pm with the option to stay until 8:45pm for some free practice or individual instruction. We will start practicing at the new location on Monday April 1st.

    The third change is we will be raising our dues to 55 dollars per month or 150 dollars for three months. This is due to a higher overhead cost of the new facility. The family discount will remain with the adjusted fee schedule. Please contact any of the Ojukan Instructors with further questions and we look forward to seeing everyone at the new facility.

~Sensei Tim Reynolds

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Sunday practice @ Angel’s Boot Camp & Essential Health 2/10/2019

We are having a special practice this Sunday at a place called Angel’s Boot Camp & Essential Health. It is about 1-1/2 blocks  north of hwy 26 on Cornelius Pass Road.

5749 NW Cornelius Pass Rd, Hillsboro OR 97124

Drive north past the Liberty High School/NE Wagon Rd on Cornelius Pass Road, continue 1/2-block looking for parking lot entrance on left about midway down, turn left into business park then head left through the parking lot looking for Angel’s on the right.

They have a padded/sprung floor should be fun.
Practice will be 10:00AM – 12:00PM.

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Holiday Break – Ojukan Judo

Tonight (12/20/2018) is the last practice of the year.  Shake off that dusty gi and come on down to the Armory.  Join us for Ojukan’s last pre-holiday practice.
After tonight, we restart Judo practice on Thursday, January 3rd.
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Ojukan Open Practice/Kagami Biraki – January 27th, 2:00PM – 4:00PM+

Ojukan Open Practice/Kagami Biraki – Sunday January 27th, 2019    2:00PM – 4:00PM+

Greetings Everyone!

You are all invited to help Ojukan celebrate the ringing-in of 2019 with our dojo, at our Open Practice + Kagami Biraki party, at the Oregon National Guard Armory, on Sunday January 27th in the afternoon.

We plan to hold an open practice from 2:00PM – 3:30PM, and then we put away the mats and eat and chat and celebrate the fellowship of Judo!

We’ll have pizzas and mochi, bring the family by and enjoy the party!



Kagami Biraki

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Sensei Joan Miller, Awarded International B Judo Referee

Joan Ploem Miller
20 mins near La Asunción, Costa Rica

Very happy to have been award an International B (Continental) Judo referee along with 3 other Northwest Referee, Julie Koyama, Samuel William (Suyehira) and Patrick Lo along with other friends Diane Samia, David David J. Ellis, Bill Graves, Angela de Bye and Diane Manganero

Posted 4/19/2018

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Seattle Dojo Judo Tournament – 5 May 2018

(NOTE: this is a notice, not the enrollment form, go to link above to register)

Seattle Dojo Judo Tournament – 2018

Register here to compete in the 2018 Seattle Dojo Annual Judo Tournament & Kata Competition.
USJF Sanction Number: 18-05-06

DATE & LOCATION: Saturday, May 5, 2018
Boys & Girls Club of Bellevue – Hidden Valley Sport Park
1903 – 112th AVE NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
Click her to download directions:

WEIGH-IN & REGISTRATION: Friday, May 4 All ages: 7:30-9:00 pm
Saturday, May 5 Juniors: 7:00-8:30 am Seniors: 8:30-10:00 am
KATA REGISTRATION: Saturday, May 5 All ages: 7:00-7:30 am

Items to bring to registration:
1 – entry form with signatures from athlete (ALL AGES), parent (if under 18 yrs) and
sensei signature (if not yet a black belt).
2 – waiver form signed by athlete (all ages) and parent (if under 18)
3 – payment by cash or check (checks made out to “Seattle Dojo”) only
4 – current USJF, USA Judo, USJA, Judo Canada or other nationally recognized judo card.

START TIMES: Kata: 8:15 am Referee Meeting: 8:30 am Shiai: 9:30 am (NEW TIME!)


ENTRY FEE: $35.00 Shiai (US Funds) NO REFUNDS. Juniors may enter senior division, with
double entry free.
$50.00 (US funds) per kata team, Jrs & Srs, Kata entrants cannot switch partners in
the same kata, i.e. no competing against your own team. NO REFUNDS.
ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 11:55 pm on May 1, 2018.
*Entries received by 11:59 pm on April 26, 2018 will be included on the t-shirt
NO LATE ENTRIES> NO EXECPTIONS: Make checks payable to: Seattle Dojo

Home Phone: 206-763-9802 Dojo Phone: 206-324-7080
(Mon. & Thurs. 6:30-9:30 pm)

ELIMINATION: MODIFIED DOUBLE ELIMINATION. Divisions with 5 or less players will be round robin.
AWARDS: 1st, 2nd, and two 3rd place

WEIGHT DIVISIONS (Divisions are subject to change at the discretion of the tournament director to ensure the safety of the competitors.):
A: JUNIOR BOYS (16 yrs and under)
2. 9 & 10 yrs LIGHT MEDIUM HEAVY
3. 11 & 12 yrs LIGHT MEDIUM HEAVY
4. 13 & 14 yrs LIGHT MEDIUM HEAVY
5. 15 & 16 yrs LIGHT MEDIUM HEAVY
B: JUNIOR GIRLS (16 yrs and under)
7. 9 & 10 yrs LIGHT MEDIUM HEAVY
8. 11 & 12 yrs LIGHT MEDIUM HEAVY
9. 13 & 14 yrs LIGHT MEDIUM HEAVY
10. 15 & 16 yrs LIGHT MEDIUM HEAVY

NO FOOD OR DRINKS are allowed in gym.
Current IJF contest rules will be used with the following modifications:
* Any participant moving up a division will be governed under rules in that division.
* 8mx8m contestant area, 4m between mats, 3m everywhere else
(3 Kyu & Above)
CARE system will be used throughout the tournament.

Please click on the link to download the entry form and waiver!

USJF Sanction Number: 18-05-06

* Required

Email address *

Your email

First Name *

Your answer

Middle Initial *

Your answer

Last Name *

Your answer

Gender (must pick one to compete in) *



No response: Kata participant only

Age (What age will the competitor be on May 5, 2018?) IF DOING KATA ONLY, ENTER A “1” HERE. *

Your answer

Weight in pounds. IF DOING KATA ONLY, ENTER A “1” HERE. *

Your answer

Junior Belt Rank/Color *

I have a senior belt rank

I am doing Kata only

white (6kyu/11kyu)

white/yellow (10kyu)

yellow (5kyu/9kyu)

yellow/orange (8kyu)

orange (4kyu/7kyu)

orange/green (6kyu)

green (3kyu/5kyu)

green/blue (4kyu)

blue (2ku/3kyu)

blue/purple (2kyu)

purple or brown (1kyu)

Senior Belt Rank/Color *

I have a junior rank

I am doing Kata only

6 kyu – white

5 kyu – yellow or green

4 kyu – orange or blue

3 kyu – green or brown

2 kyu – blue or brown

1 kyu – brown

1 dan – black

2 dan – black

3 dan – black

4 dan – black

5 dan – black

6 dan – red/white

7 dan – red/white

8 dan – red/white

9 dan – red

10 dan – red

Which division(s) would you like to compete in? (check all that apply) *

Ages 5-6

Ages 7-8

Ages 9-10

Ages 11-12

Ages 13-14

Ages 15-16

Senior Novice (6kyu-4kyu)

Senior Sankyu and above (3kyu-10dan)

I want to compete in a second division in the same age group, but up 1 weight division

Kata Only: Nage No Kata

Kata Only: Katame No Kata

Kata Only: Ju No Kata

Kata Entrants Only: Who will be UKE

Your answer

Kata Entrants Only: Who will be TORI

Your answer

Dojo Name *

Your answer

Sensei’s Name *

Your answer

Sensei’s email address *

Your answer

If assistance/accommodations is needed (please check off appropriate category)

Vision Loss/Blindness

Hearing Loss / Deafness

Type of Assistance/accommodation requested or name of person assisting

Your answer


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Nage no Kata and Katame no Kata Clinic and Certification

Fukushima & Kubota Sensei
Nage no Kata and Katame no Kata Clinic and Certification

Sunday, March 25 @ Obukan Judo Dojo, Portland Oregon

9am(updated) – noon: Nage no Kata

12-12:30: Break (bring your own lunch)

12:30 – 3:30: Katame no kata

3:30-4:30: Kata certification

Obukan Judo dojo is a 503-c and welcomes donations for this event.

About the instructors:

  1. Fukushima Sensei (8 dan): Kodokan Katame no Kata Head Instructor
  2. Kubota Sensei (6 Dan ): Head Instructor, Tokyo Metropolitan Police. All Japan National Team Coach.

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62nd Annual Obukan Judo Shiai and Kata / Onchi Sensei Memorial Tournament!

62nd Annual Obukan Judo Shiai and Kata / Onchi Sensei Memorial Tournament!

2018-Obukan-Tourn-information-Final  (<– download full packet here)

Hope you and your players can make it to our up coming tournament! We want to make it easy for your need a little help… . We have a new weigh in procedure for the Obukan Tournament with Satellite Dojo weigh in locations. So you can weigh in all your players at your dojo. We need some things from you to make it official as we have to list it officially on our website ( Between March 20−22, go to a designated satellite weigh in location and weigh in (scroll down for list.)

How to be a Satellite Weigh in Location: Contact Rod Conduragis or Mark Hirota at 503−208−3035, Provide the following: name of dojo, physical address where weigh ins will take place, weigh in dates and times (between March 20 and March 22) and responsible person’s name, email address, phone number.

Responsible person’s actions: Verify contestant has registered in Eventbrite, collect signed waiver, copy of National Registration card, Weigh in contestants, Fill in weigh in information, Email in weigh in form before midnight March 22 to, Drop off signed waiver, copy of National Registration card at the venue on Saturday morning.

Note, you must have already registered in Eventbrite and paid your entry fee prior to weighing in. Present your Eventbrite confirmation, signed waiver and copy of National registration card. See the list of Satellite weigh in locations listed below

Registration Steps:

This year, we are instituting a new procedure for weigh ins, that will be more efficient for everyone. Steps 1 and 2 are the same as in previous years. Steps 3 and 4 are new.

Step 1. Valid National Registration. Make sure you have a valid USJF, USA Judo, USJA or NGB card prior to registering for the Shiai or Kata competition in Eventbrite.

Step 2. Register in Eventbrite. Enter tournament and pay on-line through Eventbrite at by March 22, 2018. Entry fee is $ 35 for the first division and $ 20 for an additional division. Please note, to keep quality at its highest level, we will limit the number of contestants to approximately 250.

NEW Weigh in procedure!

Step 3. Satellite Weigh in. Between March 20−22, go to a designated satellite weigh in location and weigh in (scroll down for list.)

How to be a Satellite Weigh in Location: Contact Rod Conduragis or Mark Hirota at 503−208−3035, Provide the following: name of dojo, physical address where weigh ins will take place, weigh in dates and times (between March 20 and March 22) and responsible person’s name, email address, phone number.

Responsible person’s actions: Verify contestant has registered in Eventbrite, collect signed waiver, copy of National Registration card, Weigh in contestants, Fill in weigh in information, Email in weigh in form before midnight March 22 to, Drop off signed waiver, copy of National Registration card at the venue on Saturday morning.

Note, you must have already registered in Eventbrite and paid your entry fee prior to weighing in. Present your Eventbrite confirmation, signed waiver and copy of National registration card. See the list of Satellite weigh in locations listed below (scroll down for list.)

Step 4. Report to the Mat. Having completed the steps above, simply report to the venue on Saturday March 24.

Tournament opens at 9 am.

Walk Up Registration (March 23rd ONLY): Walk up registration and weigh in only allowed on March 23rd, 6:00pm to 8:30 pm at the venue. Walk up entry fee is $ 80 for the first division and $ 50 for an additional division.

Weight Challenge Procedure: Contestants of similar weight range will be placed in a division. Any contestant that appears to be significantly heavier than that weight range could be requested to verify their weigh by stepping on a scale. A reasonable weight allowance will be given above their officially submitted weigh in weight.

Current list and map of satellite weigh-in Dojos (last update 3/14):

Dojo: Obukan Judo Dojo
Address: 7333 NE Fremont St. Portland, OR 97 213
Dates: 3/20 6 pm-8 pm and 3/22 6 pm-8 pm
Contact: Mark Hirota 503−208−3035

Dojo: Lakeland Judo
Address: 6333 E Menser Ave., Athol, ID 8380
Dates: 3/22 3:30 pm-6:30 pm
Contact: Jennifer Badertscher (406)291−1220

Dojo: Seiei Dojo
Address: 12 611 Northup Wy, Ste 300, Bellevue, WA 98 005
Dates: 3/20 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm
Contact: June Encarnacion (425)588−0220

Dojo: Ore-Ida
Address: 387 SE 3rd ave. P.0. Box 780 Ontario, Oregon 97 914
Dates: Tuesday March 20. 7:00—8:30 pm
Contact: Noble Morinaka (208)739−0217

Dojo: Zenyu Judo Dojo
Address: 22 415 SE 231st Street, Maple Valley, WA 98 038
Dates: Thursday, March 22nd, 6:30 pm — 9 pm.
Contact: Kazuemon Davis (425)623−7660

Dojo: Southwestern Oregon Community College
Address: 1988 Newmark — Recreation Center, Coos Bay, Oregon
Dates: Tuesday March 20, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Contact: Rob Schab (541) 297−2506

Dojo: Joseki Dojo
Address: 101 N Argonne Suite D Spokane Valley WA 99 212
Dates: 3−21−2018, 6−8 pm
Contact: Josh or Jessica Heuett (509)991−7420

Dojo: Oak Tree Dojo
Address: 35 617 SR 507 S McKenna, WA 98 558
Dates: Tuesday March 20th @ 5−7pm
Contact: Jim Harai (808) 227−0567

Dojo: Budokan Dojo
Address: 1414 S. Weller St. Seattle, WA
Dates: Tuesday 3/20 6:30 — 8:00 and Thursday 3/22 6:30—8:00
Contact: John Schaedler (206) 354−8521

Dojo: Seattle Dojo
Address: 1510 S Washington St, Seattle, WA 98 144
Dates: Thursday, March 22, 2018, 8:00—9:00 PM
Contact: Leslie Mizuki Phone: 206−715−5903

Dojo: Emerald City Judo Dojo
Address: 14 950 NE 95th St, Suite A/B
Dates: Tuesday Mar 20 6−8 pm and Wed Mar 21 6−8pm
Contact: Mike

Dojo: Seiwakan Dojo
Address: Sellwood Community Center, 1436 SE Spokane St, Portland, Oregon
Dates: March 20th from 4 to 8 AND March 21st from 5−8
Contact: Head Sensei Jason Luedtke, 503−756−6446,

Dojo: NAS whidbey Judo
Address: 3755 N Wasp St, Oak Harbor, WA 98 278
Dates: 22 Mar 2018 at 7:00 pm
Contact: Mel Pantig 360−610−3141

Dojo: Portland Judo
Address: 2335 NW 23rd Place Portland, OR 97 210
Dates: Wednesday 3/21 4:00PM to 6:00PM
Contact: Roy Kawaji 503−961−2696

Dojo: U.S. Judo Training Center
Address: 2000 Benson Rd. S. Renton, WA 98 055
Contact: Mariko Akiyama
Contact direct for weigh in time and dates.



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Ojukan closure notifications/bad weather

Ojukan closure notifications/bad weather

Hillsboro School District Closure Notifications

It is the policy of Ojukan Judo that during inclement weather, if the Hillsboro school district closes so does Ojukan. Check the link above for status. You do not need to call/text anyone or send email. However, we will publish info via email and our web site (

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USA Judo Camp & Training Center; Feb 17-18, 2018, Pacific Rim Academy


USA Judo Camp & Training Center Launch (Feb 17-18, 2018) – Celebrate our dojo being named an International Training Center for USA Judo. On February 17-18th, USA Judo CEO, Keith Bryant and Director of High Performance, Ed Liddie will travel to Portland along with Mr. Kosuke Tanaka, All Japan Judo Champion, Mrs. Tong Wen, Olympic and 7x World Champion, Mr. Shinjiro Sasaki, Kodokan Cup Champion, and Ms. Kanae Yamabe, Olympic and World Bronze Medallist. Over the course of the two days, host a judo camp, invite the community and local schools to try judo for free, and promote our future events. Don’t miss this event!

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Happy New Year Ojukan!

Happy New Year!

The staff at Ojukan hope you have had a great 2017 and are happy and healthy and looking forward to all of the great possibilities that lie ahead for 2018.

And what better way to get the year off to a fresh start than by dropping in to the dojo for Judo practice!

1st practice of 2018
Ojukan returns to our normal practice schedule tomorrow, Tuesday night, January 2nd. Wash your gi. Come on in. Work off some of those holiday desserts! And get a start on your 2018 Judo goals and practice.

New Pricing for 2018
Our expenses are going going up. We need to adjust our rates to accommodate. Fortunately, our dues are only going up $5/month and are still the best martial arts bargain in town. Moving forward the monthly rate will be $45, and if you pay for 3 months, the price = $120 (a $15 discount).

Recent Promotions
Last month we held testing, and two of our students were promoted:

~Riccardo Morescalchi was promoted to yonkyu (blue belt)
~Phong Ly was promoted to sankyu (3rd-degree brown belt)

Congratulations, Riccardo and Phong, much deserved promotions. Keep it up. We all want to see black belts around your waist in the future. You’ve made great progress.

Help Promote Ojukan
Online marketing on the Internet is an interesting process. Right now Ojukan judo comes up on Google searches, but its not always near the top of the search results, so the public doesn’t necessarily see our club when they go looking for places to practice on the west side. So one thing each of you can do to help out, and it wont cost you a single penny, is to submit a review of Ojukan in Yelp! Yep, Yelp reviews bump businesses up higher in Google’s search results.

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Training Goals for 2018
Do you have your training goals written down for 2018? Do you have goals? If not, you’re in luck because its a new year, time for thinking ahead, thinking about the kind of life and lifestyle you want for yourself. January is a great time to review where you’ve been and where you plan to go. Please feel free to talk it over with the Ojukan staff. That’s why we’re here! Some of you want to start competing, some of you want to earn a gold medal, some of you want to earn a promotion in rank, others want to get in better condition, lose weight, improve flexibility, some of you want to work on shaping and perfecting their favorite (or not so favorite!) techniques!

And the staff wants to improve how we teach. Always.

It’s all good.

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Ojukan Winter Weather Policy/Ojukan Holiday Practice Schedule

Ojukan Winter Weather Policy/Ojukan Holiday Practice Schedule


Couple of quick things. Regarding inclement weather, hazardous driving conditions, etc., related to winter, it is Ojukan’s policy to close on the same days that the Hillsboro school district closes classes. That way you don’t have rely on email, phone calls, FaceBook, etc., for notifications. If Hillsboro schools close, Ojukan will close.

Holiday practice schedule. We will not hold Judo classes the week of December 25th. We will practice the week before and the week after. Tuesday December 26th and Thursday December 28th there will be no Judo practice.


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Testing/Grading @ Ojukan, Thursday November 30th

Just a reminder, we test/grade students every quarter at Ojukan. It’s a great way to re-enforce basics with our students and to give the teaching staff a chance to review class progress and determine what kinds of techniques or theories need more focus.
So, this email is being sent to remind folks that we will be testing on Thursday, November 30th.
Whether you are eligible (time in grade) for promotion or not, the entire class undergoes the assessment.  Just another day in Judo!
Between now and then; show up, train hard, pay attention and ask questions.  Find out what you are expected to know, see if you can step up to the next level and figure out what that will take.
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2018 IJF Rule Changes – What’s Old Is New Again

1. Waza-Ari-Awasatte-Ippon is being reinstated. That means two waza-ari equals ippon. Yuko has not been reinstated. That means what was formerly yuko is considered waza-ari.

2. Under previous rules when uke rolls over his back, a waza-ari would be given. Under the new rules it seems there is such a thing as a rolling ippon provided “there is no break during the landing”.

3. Landing on the elbow or hands is counted as waza-ari.

4. Bridging (on the back) by uke has long resulted in ippon. But in the past year, referees having been giving hansoku-make for uke landing on the front of his head. I guess you could call this a front bridge. Now it’s official: front-bridging is hansoku-make However, just because uke’s head hits the mat doesn’t mean it’s automatically hansoku-make for uke. For throws like drop seoi-nage, drop sode and drop koshi-guruma, sometimes uke’s head just hits the mat whether he likes it or not. In such cases, it’s not hansoku-make

5. There is a type of osaekomi ocassionally seen whereby tori has both legs underneath uke. This used to be recognized as a legitimate hold-down. Not anymore. This is not osaekomi anymore.

6. Golden score can only be won by a technical score (waza-ari or ippon) or hansoku-make

This one is a bit vague but it seems that shido cannot win during Golden Score anymore. Only waza-ari, ippon and hansoku-make can decide a contest. If this interpretation is correct it means that during Golden Score, assuming both players have no scores and no shido, the match doesn’t end even if someone gets one or two shidos. Only scores and hansoku-make count.

7. Not taking a classic grip will be penalised by shido if there is not an immediate attack

When the rules were revised after the 2016 Rio Olympics, it was initially decided that the refs would give more time for unconventional grips (e.g. cross grip) compared to before that where there needed to an immediate attack. Now, it seems to have reverted back to immediate attack for any grip that is deemed unconventional. The following trips all require “immediate” attack other shido will be given.

8. Leg grabs will be given shido each time.

When leg grabs were first banned, it resulted in immediate hansoku-make. After the 2016 Rio Olympics, the first leg grab is given shido and the second hansoku-make. Now, a leg grab is considered a normal shido infringement so you could theoretically infringe the no-leg-grab rule twice and still survive. The third time of course results in hansoku-make.

9. Strangles are often done with tori holding onto one of uke’s legs. If that leg is stretched straight, a matte will be called. A situation where tori could previously injure the legs and muscles of uke.

10. Just because uke is on both knees doesn’t mean it’s newaza. If tori has grip control and attacks immediately, he can score. However, if there is a break in action, matte will be called.

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