Congratulations to Sam Lui

The best part of being a judo sensei is seeing people learn judo.
The way we mark how much people are learning is through promotions.
The best promotion for me as a sensei is when a student gets their shodan.
This isn’t the end of learning in judo but the beginning, the new rank reflects a student’s sincerity and interest and deserves to be recognized. The black belt is such a recognition.

2022 Inland Empire Judo Classic

The tournament is next Saturday.
Make sure everyone is registered by tomorrow (5/23) as we will be doing weigh-ins at practice.
The registration form is here.
The link for payment is here.
Please make sure to come to practice on 5/23 as you need to weigh-in if you are competing.
I will bring a computer to help people register if they haven’t by practice time.
See everyone tomorrow.

2022 Inland Empire Information Packet

Here is the information for the tournament on May 28.
I think everyone should attend. You should come either to compete or come and watch and help out.
Competition helps you focus your judo by making it easy to identify areas you can work on.
Helping at the tournament not only helps out the club hosting the tournament, but will help teach you lots about judo.
You can download the information packet here.
I can’t stress enough how beneficial tournaments are for everyone.

Battle by the Lake Tournament

All of our competitors did a great job on Saturday – they not only demonstrated judo, but all of them give it their all!

I can only say I am proud to be your Sensei!

1st Place

  • Aries Flores

2nd Place

  • Monica Cheptanari
  • Pailie Flores
  • Marigold Meuer

3rd Place

  • Josh Hernandez
  • Richard Munoz

Other Competitors

It is easy to say that people who didn’t place didn’t do a good job. However, the other people who competed, Stefan Cheptanari, Rylee Vaughn, and Sam Lui all did great – they worked hard and did judo, their fine efforts just did not turn into wins.

There is always the next tournament!

Our Judoka

…we could not be more proud!😊


WHEN: April 22, 2022 – Weigh-ins from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
April 23, 2022— Weigh-ins begin at 7:30 a.m.; Shiai begins at 9:30 a.m. (MST),
WHERE: Canyon Ridge High School Gymnasium, 300 N College Rd W, Twin Falls, ID 83301
More info here.