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Thank You for your Tsunami Fund Donations!

Posted by Sayaka Matsumoto on Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 with Comments Off on Thank You for your Tsunami Fund Donations!

19 May 2011 To:       East Bay Judo Institute From:   David Matsumoto Re:       Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Donation As you know we collected donations for the Japan earthquake and tsunami disaster areas’ relief. Considering what we could do as a judo dojo, I had previously contacted our judogi sponsor, Mr. Nobumasa Hayakawa of Kuzakura, letting him...

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EBJI at the USA Judo Senior Nationals

Posted by Sayaka Matsumoto on Friday, May 6th, 2011 with Comments Off on EBJI at the USA Judo Senior Nationals

Jeff Fujimoto, Molly O’Rourke, Ann Shiraishi and honorary EBJI member Mike Eldred all competed at the 2011 Senior National Championships held on April 29-30, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. With hundreds of competitors vying for a National Title, the Senior Nationals always attracts the top ranked players in the country. Mike Eldred, the number two ranked...

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2011 Spring Picnic

Posted by Sayaka Matsumoto on Monday, April 25th, 2011 with Comments Off on 2011 Spring Picnic

Thank you for making our spring picnic and egg hunt a huge success! Almost 90 members of EBJI met at Arlington Park in El Cerrito to play Frisbee, soccer, baseball, eat BBQ and socialize with their judo friends. Events like these allow for community building and an opportunity for everyone to get to know each...

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EBJI Wins 6 Medals at Twin Falls Tournament in Idaho!

Posted by Sayaka Matsumoto on Friday, April 8th, 2011 with Comments Off on EBJI Wins 6 Medals at Twin Falls Tournament in Idaho!

6 members of EBJI flew to Twin Falls, Idaho on April 1st to compete in the Twin Falls Judo Tournament on April 2nd. Estefany Gonzalez, Nico Gonzlaez, Ociane Canadas, Jackson Kim, Sato Matsumoto and Masa Matsumoto were accompanied by Ken Sensei and Sayaka Sensei on their journey. All EBJI Members came home with a medal-...

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EBJI in Action at the Cupertino Tournament

Posted by Sayaka Matsumoto on Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 with Comments Off on EBJI in Action at the Cupertino Tournament

Held at the Lynbrook High School in San Jose, CA, several EBJI members competed at the Cupertino Judo Tournament on March 27, 2011. Tale a look at some of our members in action. Dominic and Cole from the Beginning Kid’s Class: Nathaniel Attia from the Beginning Kid’s Class: Sato Matsumoto from the Intermediate Kid’s Class:...

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Help Aid Judoka in Japan!

Posted by Sayaka Matsumoto on Monday, March 14th, 2011 with Comments Off on Help Aid Judoka in Japan!

East Bay Judo Institute has teamed up with KuSakura, a Japanese judo gi company, to provide uniforms for judo players in Japan who have lost theirs in the tragedy. How can you help? Make a monetary donation to the East Bay Judo Institute. We’ll collect donations until March 31, 2010. We’ll then send our donations...

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New EBJI Competitors in Vacaville!

Posted by Sayaka Matsumoto on Saturday, March 5th, 2011 with Comments Off on New EBJI Competitors in Vacaville!

The East Bay Judo Institute had many first-time competitors compete at the 2011 Makimoto Judo Tournament in Vacaville on February 27, 2011. Leading the way for EBJI taking Gold Medals were Nathan Ho, Nico Gonzalez, Nathan Canadas and Jeff Fujimoto. This was Nathan’s first tournament and he won 4 matches to take home the gold. Nico...

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EBJI Students Win 11 Medals at San Jose Buddhist Invitational!

Posted by Sayaka Matsumoto on Monday, February 21st, 2011 with Comments Off on EBJI Students Win 11 Medals at San Jose Buddhist Invitational!

The San Jose Buddhist Invitational Tournament was held on February 20, 2011 at the San Jose State Event Center in San Jose, CA. With over 700 competitors from around the country, this tournament is acknowledged as one of the toughest regional tournaments in the Bay Area. Representing EBJI were 14 individuals ranging from students in...

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Molly O’Rourke Powerlifting at the LA Fitness Expo

Posted by Sayaka Matsumoto on Monday, February 21st, 2011 with Comments Off on Molly O’Rourke Powerlifting at the LA Fitness Expo

Most parents and students at EBJI know Molly O’Rourke as the instructor of the Monday and Wednesday beginning children’s class. Currently ranked number one in the United States in the women’s 78+kg category, Molly also avidly competes in the sport of powerlifting. She currently holds the American record in the deadlift and recently competed at...

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Annie Shiraishi Goes 4-1 at Belgium Ladies Open

Posted by Sayaka Matsumoto on Monday, February 7th, 2011 with Comments Off on Annie Shiraishi Goes 4-1 at Belgium Ladies Open

January 30, 2011  Arlon, Belgium Annie Shiraishi went 4-1 at the Belgium Ladies Open in Arlon, Belgium the last weekend in January. Competing in the women’s 48 kilogram category, Shiraishi had over 50 competitors in her division. In an unusual style compared to most tournaments, all competitors are put into groups of 3 or 4...

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