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EBJI Visits Steveston Judo Club

Posted by Sayaka Matsumoto on Monday, November 21st, 2016 with No Comments

November 19, 2016 EBJI was honored and humbled to visit the Steveston Judo Club in Vancouver this weekend. The dojo was founded in 1953 after WWII and is run completely on a volunteer basis. We were blown away by the beauty of the dojo itself and amazed by the Japanese Calligraphy featured above us in the...

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3x Olympic Champ Nomura Visits EBJI!

Posted by Sayaka Matsumoto on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 with No Comments

Thanks to our good friend, 3-Time Olympic Champion, Tadahiro Nomura for coming back to visit our dojo. Nomura Sensei was recently back in the Bay Area filming an episode of “Another Sky” for Japanese TV. The show highlights celebrities and pivotal moments during their life. After Nomura Sensei won his second Olympic Gold Medal in...

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Themis Wins Three Medals at World Police and Fire Games!

Posted by Sayaka Matsumoto on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 with 2 Comments

Congratulations to EBJI Instructor Themis Lonis who won three medals at the World Police and Fire Games in Fairfax, Virginia! Themis won gold medals in the submission grappling and freestyle wrestling competitions and also took a bronze medal in the 50+ 81kg division in judo. He competing an exhausting 4 days in a row! Themis teaches...

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Judo and Grit

Posted by Sayaka Matsumoto on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 with 6 Comments

Written by 2008 Olympian, 7x Senior National Champion, and EBJI Senior Instructor Sayaka Torra When I started judo at the young age of 5, I really didn’t have a say in the matter. One day my father (Former Olympic Team Leader and Coach David Matsumoto) told me I was going to start and I complied. The...

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Do Emotions Affect Critical Thinking? Emotion Regulation in Sports

Posted by Sayaka Matsumoto on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 with No Comments

By Sayaka Torra, 2008 Olympian, EBJI Senior Instructor Emotions are a part of everyday life; it doesn’t matter who you are or your profession. It’s how you control and regulate these emotions that determine your success in any given situation. I know first-hand that being an Olympic Athlete is an extremely emotional experience. I’ve faced...

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Another Heartfelt Testimonial

Posted by Sayaka Matsumoto on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 with No Comments

Thank you Tom for this heartfelt testimonial! We hope you and your family will be back soon! For more testimonials about EBJI, please visit this page! ** We had the opportunity to visit East Bay Judo Institute this last week while in California. We were on the way to San Jose and thought we would stop by...

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EBJI at the 2014 USJF Jr. National Championships

Posted by Sayaka Matsumoto on Thursday, August 28th, 2014 with No Comments

Eight EBJI Members (accompanied by Ken Kokka Sensei and Sayaka Torra Sensei) travelled to Honolulu, Hawaii over the 4th of July weekend this summer to participate in the USJF/USJA Junior, Youth and Team National Championships. This top junior event gathered over 1,000 competitors from around the nation to participate in a two day tournament. The...

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2014 Daiheigen Judo Camp

Posted by Sayaka Matsumoto on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 with No Comments

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Themis Lonis: Bronze at 2014 Veterans Wrestling Nationals!

Posted by Sayaka Matsumoto on Monday, June 2nd, 2014 with No Comments

EBJI Members excel on and off the judo mat! Kid’s class instructor and Oakland Police Officer Themis Lonis recently won bronze at the 2014 Veteran’s Wrestling Nationals in Las Vegas, Nevada. Themis competed in the 85kg division and showcased a lot of judo! You can view his bronze medal match...

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Home Front Awardee: Ken Kokka Sensei

Posted by Sayaka Matsumoto on Thursday, May 8th, 2014 with 1 Comment

EBJI’s Ken Kokka Sensei will be honored for the Home Front Award from the National Park Service on Monday May 12th for creating the documentary film “Blossoms and Thorns: A Community Uprooted“. The National Park Service Home Front Award is to recognize people, projects, programs or publications that preserve a home front site or structure,...

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