Palo Alto Tournament EARLY REG. ENDS 10/31

Palo Alto Judo Tournament registration discount until 10/31, suggested hotels, and 10 early weigh-in locations

Tournament is Sunday November 10th, 2019 at Menlo-Atherton High School with competition starting at 10am in Ayers Gym.  Weigh-ins start as early as 7am on tournament day but you can register, pay and get weighed-in beforehand so you’re better rested for your fight.

Early registration is $40 onlinerising to $70 onsite, so we encourage contestants to save by registering early online:

AFTER you register and pay the entry fee electronically, you will get a payment confirmation email that you must PRINT and bring to Weigh-ins together with your valid USJF Card and PRINTED SIGNED COPIES of the attached forms:  Entry Form signed by your Sensei plus Waiver and Release of Liability signed by you/or your parents if you’re a minor.

You can come to Weigh-ins on tournament day (getting up much earlier, standing in line), or you can take advantage of one of the EARLY WEIGH-IN sitesavailable to anybody that registers and pays electronically in advance:

Chuck Jefferson Judo – Wednesday October 30th – 6 to 7pm
3055 Meridian Ave., San Jose, CA

East Bay Judo Institute – Saturday November 2nd – 9am to Noon
11165 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA

Tri-Valley Judo – Saturday November 2nd – 10:30am to Noon
1040 Serpentine Lane #203, Pleasanton, CA

Cupertino Judo Club – Saturday November 2nd – 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Monta Vista Park, 22601 Voss Ave, Cupertino, CA

510 Judo – Sunday November 3rd – 1pm to 3pm
1029 MacArthur Blvd, San Leandro, CA

Northern California Judo Club – Monday November 4th – 6:00pm to 8:15pm
Benicia Clock Tower, located at 1189 Washington St. Benicia, CA

San Jose Buddhist – Monday November 4th – 7:30pm to 8:30 PM
1050 North 5th Street, San Jose, CA

Deleon Judo Club – Tuesday November 5th – 5:30 to 7pm
Kenilworth Teen Center at 150 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma, CA

Palo Alto Judo Club – Tuesday November 5th – 7:00pm to 8:30pm
2751 Louis Rd, Palo Alto, CA

Bojuka Judo – Wednesday November 6th – 7:15pm to 8:30pm
291 Carmel Ave, Marina, CA

Other Weigh-in location and times may be announced:
Before you go, check  to see the latest confirmed times and places

Suggested Hotels:
Discount rates no longer available —

Menlo Park Riviera Best Western:

Menlo Park Inn:

Residence Inn Palo Alto Menlo Park:

For referees and referee test takers only:

The day before the tournament, Saturday November 9th, the Central Coast Yudanshakai is hosting a Referee Clinic in conjunction with National and Regional Referee tests, starting at 2pm in the “Old Dance Studio” across from Ayers Gym.
Early registration is $20 online, rising to $30 after November 5th and onsite.  We encourage Referees to save by registering early online:

2018 CCSF Invitational Judo Tournament

City College of San Francisco Invitational Judo Tournament

Date: Sunday, April 22, 2018

Location: City College of San Francisco
Wellness Center
50 Phelan Ave.
San Francisco, Calif. 94112

Time: Tournament will commence at 10:30 am
Entry Form
Entry Fee: Entry fee will be $40.00 per contestant, second family member $30.00, third or more family
members FREE. Make checks payable to: ML Event Management

Awards: Medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd & 3rd place. Additional awards (Medals) will be presented
to all competitors
Eligibility: Open to all qualified male and female, Junior/Intermediate and Senior competitors with
current USJF, USJA or USA Judo membership cards. Must present current membership card.
Sponsored: CCSF Judo Club Sanctioned by: USJF: 18-04-12

Registration: Registration on the day of the tournament are:
Junior Division: 5-6yrs / 7-8yrs./ 9-10yrs/11-12yrs….…… ……… …..8:00 am to 9:30 am
Intermediate Divisions:.13-14 yrs / 15-16 yrs ……… … ………………..10:00 am to 11:30 am
Sr. White, Brown and Black Belts………………………………..……..10:00 am to 11:30 am

Divisions to be contested:
5-6yrs / 7-8yrs. / 9-10yrs. / 11-12yrs…………………………White, Yellow, Orange Belts
7-8yrs / 9-10yrs. / 11-12yrs………………………………………Blue and Green Belts.
13-14 yrs / 15-16 yrs………………………………………………..White, Yellow, & Blue Belts
13-14 yrs / 15-16 yrs………………………………………………..Purple Belts.
Sr. White, Yellow, Green, Blue Belts: Pools – Light, Middle, Heavy
Sr. Brown Belts…………Black Belts: Pools – Light, Middle, Heavy

Elimination: Pool system of scoring will be used. Contestants will be separated by sex, age, weight and belt color. There will be at
least three weight divisions, per age group, depending on the number of contestants. The Tournament Director reserves
the right to combine or change groups to benefit the majority of the contestants. Contestants will be given at least a one
round rest in between matches.
Scoring System: Places will be determined according to the following criteria, in this order:
A. Places will be determined first on the basis of wins.
B. If the numbers of wins are tied, both participants will be awarded the same medal.
Contest Rules: We will use the NEW 2018 IJF Competition Rules ( or
Note changes on: Ippon/Wazari Score, Elimination of Yuko score, Osaekomi time, and
accidental leg touch

Current IJF Contest Rules Modified as follows:
• Pre 2003 IJF Medical Rule and The CARE system will Not be in use.
• 7 meter competition area with 4 meter between mats with 3 meter safety border on edge.
• No Kani-Basami and No Double knee drop Seoi-Nage in 12 and under
• No Shime waza (chokes) in junior division (12 and under)
• 2.5 Minutes: (12 and under), Matte Stop Time
• We will use the “Golden Score”
• Kansetsu Waza (Armbars) only allowed in the Black Belt Division
• Intermediate, Sr. White and Brown, 3 minutes……Black Belts 4 minutes

Officials Meeting: Officials meeting on the New Rules (2018) will be held at 9:30 am, 3rd Floor

Tournament Director: Mitchell Palacio Email:


Date: November 5, 2017
Location: Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Rd, Atherton, CA, United States

In conjunction with Palo Alto Judo Club’s annual tournament, CENCO will be offering a Referee Clinic led by Gary Takemoto on 11/4/2017 (USJF SANCTION # 1711-12).



  1. Registration begins at 9:00 am
  2. Referee Clinic participants are requested to wear slacks and polo shirts
  3. Preregistration and weigh-in will be held at the following dojos: Chuck Jefferson Judo on Thursday, Nov 2nd, 5:30-7pm and San Jose Buddhist Judo Club on Nov 2nd, 7:00-9:00 pm. Please bring proof of membership to USJF/USJI/USJA. You will not need to register on the day of the tournament if you have preregistered.
  • The Palo Alto Invitational will have BOTH a Shiai and Kata competition. Please see tournament forms for details.
  • The tournament is being held at Menlo-Atherton High School
  • A competitor can only sign up for only one division
  • Only Brown Belts and Intermediate Purple Belts will be allowed to compete “up” in the Black Belt divisions.
  • All competitors and their instructors are required to complete the “Certificate Regarding Non-Black Belt Contestants” on the entry form
  • Competitors will wear white and blue belts, depending on the side on which they are fighting; no other belts will be allowed.
    Competitors are required to provide their own white and blue belts. If you wear white and blue gis, you don’t need to use the white and blue belts; however, if you plan on wearing a blue gi in competition, you must also have a white gi to wear as needed. You will not be allowed to wear a blue gi on the white side.

Tournament Location Map:

4th Annual Picnic & Beach Day!

4th Annual Picnic & Beach Day

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Saturday, August 12th 2017
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

9th Street Alvarez Park
9th Street Park
Benicia, CA 94510

Come have fun in the sun with the members of the Northern California Judo Club.
We will have BBQ, potluck, games, beach, water balloons, and much more!
Please remember to sign up for the Potluck and invite family and friends.

Enjoy the weather and the company!

2016 Kagami Biraki & Potluck

Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 10 AM – 2 PM

Palo Alto Buddhist Temple
2751 Louis Rd, Palo Alto, California 94303

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Forty five years ago, Professor Keiko Fukuda brought a traditional New Year’s celebration from the Kodokan to her Judo Club in San Francisco. This celebration is called Kagami Biraki.

In Japan, many of us grew up being told by our parents an old Japanese expression, “Ichi nen no kei wa gantah ni ari”. That meant how we start January will reflect on our success for the rest of the year. Sensei Fukuda strongly believed that we should celebrate Kagami biraki for a successful year in Judo.

At the Kodokan, the world headquarters of Judo, Kagami Baraki is celebrated each year on the Saturday of the third weekend in January. The celebration at the Kodokan includes demonstrations of kata and randori followed by the eating of shiruko, soft sweet red beans and rice cakes.

In the beginning years Soko Joshi was the only club participating. Now it has expanded to include 3 clubs, Palo Alto Judo Club, San Jose Buddhist Judo Club and Soko Joshi Judo Club.

As we all work together we can keep this special traditional Kagami biraki for many years to come. I am looking forward to seeing you on January 16, 2016.

Best wishes,

Eiko Saito Shepherd 7th Dan