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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...


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,...


From Olympic Alternate in Judo to World Silver in Powerlifting

Posted by Sayaka Matsumoto on Friday, May 2nd, 2014 with No Comments

EBJI Senior Instructor Molly O’Rourke was recently featured in a Whidbey News-Times article by Jim Waller: It is rare to become a national-class athlete in any sport. Molly O‚ÄôRourke, a 2001 graduate of Oak Harbor High School, accomplished the feat in two, judo and powerlifting. Her achievements are plentiful and impressive; here are some of...


Dan Sensei Passes his Referee “A” Exam

Posted by Sayaka Matsumoto on Monday, April 7th, 2014 with No Comments

Congratulations to Dan Israel Sensei who recently passed his referee “A” exam in Austria, becoming one of the highest ranking referees in the world! This past weekend, over 30 family and friends gathered to help Dan Sensei celebrate this monumental occasion. EBJI is proud to now have world class athletes, coaches and referees be a...


Congratulations on Your Promotion!

Posted by Sayaka Matsumoto on Monday, March 17th, 2014 with No Comments

Congratulations to all the students who were promoted at our recent Spring promotional on March 15, 2014! Keep up the great work!               To White/Yellow JT Valeros Jerrell Valeros Jordan Valeros Luke Swanson To Yellow Anthony Hsu To Yellow/Orange Meagan Lee Jay’lah Taylor To Green Shakar Kubota Maxime St....


What Judo Has Taught Me

Posted by Sayaka Matsumoto on Friday, March 14th, 2014 with No Comments

Judo has taught me so many things that I apply to my every day life. Most of all it has taught me if you work hard, you can do anything. Thank you to the San Jose Mercury News for putting this video piece together for me before my Olympic experience in Beijing! ~2008 Olympian and...


Victory in Sports: Dominance, Not Pride

Posted by Sayaka Matsumoto on Monday, February 3rd, 2014 with No Comments

Fist-pumping. Arm-raising. Chest-thumping. We see it all the time in sports. But these athletes aren’t expressing pride in victory. They’re demonstrating dominance over their...


A Heartfelt Testimonial

Posted by Sayaka Matsumoto on Monday, January 27th, 2014 with No Comments

Thank you to Leslie Lippard who wrote this heartfelt testimonial about her experience at EBJI! *** The three things that I like most about EBJI are: 1) the teaching team, 2) the school community, and 3) the values that support both. The teaching team is awesome. Most schools would feel happy to have any one...


Join us for EBJI’s New Year’s Party

Posted by Sayaka Matsumoto on Monday, December 23rd, 2013 with No Comments

Hope you can join us for EBJI’s Annual New Year’s Party on January 4, 2014 at Takara Sake Tasting Room in Berkeley. Our annual event always attracts delicious food and great company. Hope to see you...


EBJI Competitors Raise Funds for Junior Nationals

Posted by Sayaka Matsumoto on Monday, November 25th, 2013 with No Comments

Thanks so much to everyone who came to support us at our bake sale November 24 outside of the El Cerrito Safeway. It was a huge success! We sold 10 whole pies, 5 dozen donuts, cookies, muffins, and other delicious goodies to members of the community. All proceeds will go to our competitors who will...