64th Annual Obukan Judo Shiai & Kata/ Onchi Sensei Memorial Tournament

Obukan is pleased to invite you to our 64th annual tournament on Saturday, March 21st (Kata – Friday, March 20th) at the beautiful PCC Cascade campus gym! 

We are looking forward to seeing you all and having an amazing tournament! 

So, please join us for the 64th Annual Obukan Judo Shiai & Kata/ Onchi Sensei Memorial Tournament! This year starts our journey towards 100 years of doing
judo in Portland, Oregon. Opening our dojo doors in 1926 and being visited twice by Jigoro Kano Shihan. With you we are all keeping the judo traditions
alive. We look forward to seeing you and your awesome judo on March 21, 2020.  So mark your calendars and help us start our 6 year journey towards 100! 

registration info

Judo Counters & Combinations

You all have been listening to me go on and on about the importance of counters and combinations. Today Mike asked about combinations and I thought instead of me saying again that I think combinations are important, I would just post a link to this excellent resource.
This gives a nice list of techniques, with setups, follow-ups, and counters.
Memorize all of these and you will be fine.
The list is here.

2020 WA State Championships

The 2020 Washington State Judo Championships will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Kentwood High School, 25800 164th Ave. SE, Covington, WA  98042,
presented by Seatte Dojo.  Registration instructions and satellite weigh-in details are here
Registration for shiai and kata competitors is online
exclusively and the deadline is 11:55pm on Wednesday, February 19, 2020. 
The registration link is here.

Deadline:  11:55pm, Wednesday, February 19, 2020
If you have registration/weigh-in/shiai questions, please contact Leslie Mizuki-Lo,
If you have kata questions, please contact Karen Nagai,

Here is a link to the latest registration forms which includes the waiver.
2020 WA State Entry Packet(V3)

Alaina Competing in Germany

On Feb. 8, Alaina will be at the German Open competing. After the tournament there is a 2 day training camp.
I am sure she will do an excellent job representing Spokane Judo.
If you are interested in more information about the event, it is here.
Attending these types of events is expensive. If you can help her out, she has a GoFundMe pagehere.
Best of luck to Alaina.

Happy New Year

In keeping with the time of year, I wanted to post the below link.
Judo is a hard thing to learn. The key take-away from this article for me is those who fail at learning a new skill are, overwhelmingly, those who don’t try to learn a new skill. Another way of putting this is if you don’t even try to learn, you definitely never will.
See everyone at practice tomorrow.

The Hardest Part About Learning Hard Things – Scott Young – Pocket
It may never get any easier, but it’s always worth it.

Christmas Party December 14th!

Hey all, the Christmas party with be at Sensei Allen’s house from 4 – 7 pm this Saturday.

We would love to see everyone, new to Judo, considering Judo, or who haven’t come to see us for awhile.

This is a potluck, I’ll cook some pulled pork (Christmas pulled pork?), and I invite others to bring dishes, desserts and drinks.

We will put the most recent Judo championship on the big screen, and my daughter will be helping kids make holiday smores at the fire pit.

OK here is how you get there, and pay attention because your GPS will lie to you. The address is 3201 w 7th, but the house is NOT on 7th (there IS no 7th). From our Judo club, head west on 2nd, turning into Sunset Blvd, until Government way (Turn right), a block or two later turn left onto Hartson, continue under the train bridge, then turn Left on Substitute.

Park on substitute street, and The house will be uphill to your right. Walk up carefully the stone steps to the house!

call me at 509-279-4212 if you get lost. And for goodness sakes, don’t use your phone GPS and get lost.