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Instructor: Joaquin Loayza

Instructor: Joaquin Loayza

Starting Judo at such a young age has been the best decision my parents could have made for me. Being exposed to the philosophy of Judo has made me a much better individual in Judo and in life. I have gained confidence, leadership skills, character, and it has kept me in optimal physical shape. I began the study of Judo at the Palo Alto Judo Club. The Palo Alto Judo Club has deep traditional Japanese roots and is a well respected Judo club in the Bay Area. It was established in 1952 and has produced many champions and outstanding judokas. This long lineage of Judo has shaped me into an effective coach and Judo technician. As a junior I have won many local and state championships. In addition I have won the Fukuda Kata International Championship. I have dedicated more than fifteen years studying Judo within the Central Coast Yudanshakai (CENCO). Palo Alto, Cupertino, and San Jose State are a few clubs that have shaped, developed, and improved the Judo, coaching and teaching skills I have today. These clubs have exposed me to Judo from around the world ranging from the respectable teachings of Mike Swain, Keith Nakasone, Koga, Yamashita, Neil Adams, Fukuda, Ogasawara, and Jim Pennington. Furthermore, these clubs have held cross training partnerships with various Japanese schools which I have had the opportunity to participate in and acquire knowledge from these exchanges. I was able to adapt and improve my Judo style due to these influential experiences which I presently use in my teachings of Judo. 

Instructor: Cynthia Loayza

Instructor: Cynthia Loayza

I have been doing Judo for about fifteen years. Judo has become an enormous influence on me as a judoka and as person. At the age of four, I started at the Palo Alto Judo Club under Sensei Tamo Kitaura, Floyd Kameda, Cal Kitaura, and all of the Palo Alto instructors. As a junior competitor I was part of the USA Pan-American team and I was also awarded the most outstanding junior female competitor from the Central Coast Yudanshaki (CENCO).  In my teens I joined the San Jose Buddhist Judo Club under Sensei Chie Swain, Dan Hatano, Danny Kikuchi, Albert Kato and other knowledgeable instructors. I have competed in numerous state, national and international tournaments. After six years of being part of the San Jose Buddhist Judo Club I have achieved my rank of Shodan (black belt). In addition, the Cupertino Judo Club and San Jose State University played a big role in my Judo development. As an active Judo competitor and with the knowledge of my past senseis’ who have taught me; I try to incorporate their teachings and experiences to my students, so they have a better understanding of the over all philosophy of Judo.  

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