66th Annual Palo Alto Judo Tournament

The Sixty-sixth Palo Alto Judo Tournament will be held at Menlo-Atherton High School, Ayers Gymnasium on Sunday, November 10, 2019. The school address is 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton CA. For further information and a campus map, visit Contests will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Online Registration

High School Tournament in Kanagawa Prefecture

Video clips of today's Kanazawa Prefecture High School Tournament

Santa Clara Tournament

Jonathan and Mattice competed at the Santa Clara Judo Invitational last Sunday and did very well. Jonathan was bumped to an older division where chocking is allowed. Although not trained to choke, he was able to hold his ground and took 3rd place. Mattice as did well, coming from behind, he threw his 2nd opponent for an ippon with only less than 10 seconds in regulation time.

Good Work Jonathan and Mattice!





Competitor Categories in Judo Shias

In general, there are five kinds of judo tournaments and they are:

1. Local – Cupertino, Santa Clara, San Jose Buddhist (non-black belt divisions), etc.
2. State – California State Judo
3. National - San Jose Buddhist (black belt division), USJF/USJA, US Junior Open, USA Judo National Scholastic, USA Judo Junior Olympics, etc.
4. International without qualifiers – Pacific International, Sanix International, etc.
5. International with qualifiers – Infantil Pan American, Junior Pan American, Worlds, Olympics, etc.

Competitor Categorization

Of the five tournament categories above, tournaments 2-5 follows the standard competitor categorization by age and weight only. Belt color or rank is not considered. Additionally, age is determined by the year in which the competitor was born – the actual age does not matter. For example if the competitor’s birthday is October 12, 2001 and the competition is to be held on June 6, 2016, for purposes of this type of tournament, on June 6th, the competitor is considered a 15 year old. As such, a green belt 15 year old male who weighs 65 kilos can only compete in the Juvenile B (under 17) -66kg or the Junior IJF (under 21) -66kg divisions. Note, because of the age ceilings in the Juvenile B and IJF divisions it is possible that there will be brown and black belt competitors.

Local tournaments categorizes by age, weight and also belt color or ranking. However, there is no standard as far as the categorization factors. Meaning, in one tournament an orange belt will compete in a pool of yellow, orange, and green belts. While in another tournament, the same orange belt can compete with up to purple belt competitors. Another example will be a 14 year old will not be allowed to compete with a 16 year old in tournaments 2-4. However, in a local tournament, with an age waiver, this would be allowed. This is also true with a weight situation.

Novice Divisions

Novice divisions are now available in most tournaments (1-3). Generally the limitations are rank (up to yellow belt) and less than a year of Judo (this requirement varies by tournament).

National Tournaments

National Tournaments are qualifiers for spots in the US National Team. As such, these tournaments are well attended by elite judo athletes. Top 3 finishers of these events are listed in the national roster of elite athletes.

2016 California State Judo Tournament

Five Palo Alto Judokas competed this Saturday, May 14, at the California State Judo Tournament held at the City College of San Francisco. The State tournament follows the national categorization standards by age and weight without regards to belt ranking. Our competitors fought hard and held their own and gained valuable experience competing with some of California's best.

Below were the ones that competed:

  • Daniel - Intermediate 1 - Gold
  • Mattice - Intermediate 1 - Honorable Mention
  • Jonathan - Juvenile A - Honorable Mention
  • Michael - Juvenile A - Honorable Mention
  • Minoo - Junior Novice - Silver


2016 Sensei Memorial Tournament Results

Seven members competed at the recently concluded 2016 Sensei Memorial, the largest one day tournament in the country. All of our competitors fought hard and gave all their best. Congratulations to all!

Stone Motooka - Silver
Jonathan Ureel - Silver
Michael Kim - Silver
Nikolai Lebedev - Silver
Corbin Balitactac - Gold
Geert Ureel - Honorable Mention
Mattice Ureel - Honorable Mention

Next tournament - Cupertino Invitational on March 20th.

Sacramento "Capital" Open

This is a well attended event and good for students who are starting to compete. If you are interested in participating, please check with Cal Sensei to get the necessary approval, form signature and for a Judogi check. The event is in Sacramento and will be a long drive, as such it will be a waste if you are not able to compete because of a missing signature, illegal Judogi, or not having the appropriate belts.

Please check the Calendar page for the appropriate forms.

29th Annual East Bay Invitational Judo Tournament

Congratulations to the five Palo Alto Judokas that competed at the 29th East Bay Invitational Tournament held last Sunday at El Cerrito High School.

1) Mattis
2) Leopold
3) Minoo
4) Jonathan
5) Corbin

Below is the link to the pictures taken last Sunday.

Next Tournament: Capital Open Tournament in Sacramento on October 4th
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