Tamo Kitaura started his Judo career while being interned at Tule Lake, California in 1943. After the war he also continue his judo at San Jose Buddhist Judo Club. Kitaura Sensei was an aggressive and tenacious judoka. Many of us watched him perform in fascination as he fought in the heavyweight division as a 150 pounder and won! There were moments when his matches were temporarily halted because his chronic knee would become dislocated and Hamai Sensei would rush on to the mat and pop it into place so the match could continue. Kitaura Sensei’s bouts were always exciting to watch. Kitaura Sensei (8th dan-promoted 2001) was President of Central Coast Judo Association, as well as Rank Registration Chairman of CenCo. He has been on the All-American Judo Team selection committee (three years), Coach/manager of the United States Judo team for the PanAmerican Games, twice manager of the United States Olympic Judo Team for the World Games, and alternate coach for the United States Olympic Judo Team. In Addition, he found time to be Head Judo Coach for Stanford University for thirteen years. Kitaura Sensei was a PanAmerican (class B) level judo referee. As we move into the next twenty years, Palo Alto Judo Club will adhere to Hamai and Kitaura Senseis’ teachings, which include discipline, hard practice, and dedication to learning judo, and becoming better people. During the first thirty years, the dojo trained over 2,000 students. During 1952 through 1962, our junior and intermediate judokas had the reputation as the team to beat. At the kohaku shiais and team shiais, Mich and Jun Kono, Nozy Iwasaki, Eugene Miyahara, Paul Kodani, Buddy Nakano, Philip Slattery, Mel and Grayson Iwatsubo, Floyd Kameda, Reese Cutler, Clayton Fujii and many others dominated the tournament scene. In fact, between 1958 to 1961, Palo Alto’s Jun Kono, Eugene Miyahara, Paul Kodani, and Clayton Fujii respectively won the northern California Outstanding Judo Award. Hamai Sensei was voted coach of the year in 1958.