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2014 Jr Nationals

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Asano, Takata address media at opening press conference

HONOLULU, Hawaii (July 1, 2014) — The opening press conference for this week’s Fifth Annual Grassroots Judo Junior, Youth, Team and Kata National Championships and the First Annual United States Judo Federation Senior and Masters Championships was held at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall Tuesday afternoon.

Among the participants that addressed to gathered media was a pair of former Olympians from Hawaii and two local competitors looking for gold this weekend.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to host this premier tournament for the first time in a decade and we welcome our guests from the mainland and beyond to Hawaii for what we hope will be a great week of judo,” said Kevin Asano, who won a silver medal in the 1988 Olympics and currently serves as president of the USJF.

Another former Olympian, Taylor Takata, shared Asano’s enthusiasm for the upcoming competition.

“This will be the culmination of a lot of hard work and preparation by the athletes and coaches, who have been training for months and even years for this tournament,” said Takata, himself a nine-time Junior National champion.

Asano and Takata will serve as coaches for Leeward Judo Club and Hawaii Judo Academy, respectively, where they are head instructors.

Weston Kogachi, who won the boys’ high school 114-pound state championship for Punahou School in May, grew up admiring Asano and Takata and hopes to follow in their footsteps this weekend.

“It’s an honor to be able to compete in a tournament like this in our own backyard,” said Kogachi, a member of the Makiki Seidokan Judo Club. “I’ve been working hard in the dojo and hopefully it’ll show on the mat.”

Haylie Shinsato, who captured the girls’ high school 115-pound state championship for Mililani High School in May, said the magnitude of the tournament is not lost on her.

“This is a big deal — it’s way bigger than states — some of the best junior players from across the country will be here, so it’s a great opportunity for us Hawaii players to show what we can do against some top-level competition,” said Shinsato, who belongs to Mililani Hongwanji Judo Club.

More than 800 judoka will participate in the tournament, representing 18 different states (as far as east New Jersey) and five different nations. An estimated 2,500 visitors are expected to travel to Oahu for the tournament, which was last held in Honolulu in 2004, when it was also held at the Blaisdell Center. In 1994 the tournament was held at the Edith Kanakaole Tennis Stadium in Hilo.

Media will be sent a daily recap with full results and photos at the conclusion of each day’s competition.

Kata Conference rolls on

Day two of the 14th Annual USJF National Kata Conference went on Tuesday at the NBC Exhibition Hall. The chief clinicians leading the seminar are Noboru Saito, an 8th degree black belt from Birmingham, Mich. and Eiko Saito Shepherd, a 7th degree black belt from St. Louis, Mo.

Both are well-respected among the kata and judo communities. Saito is an IJF Class-A referee and is the president of the Michigan Judo Development Association. He also serves on the USA Judo Board of Directors and is a former president of the USJF. Shepherd, who originally trained at the Kodokan Institute in Tokyo, is the Kata chairwoman of the USJF and an international-level coach.

The Kata Conference concludes Wednesday.

Schedule of events for the week

Wednesday, July 2

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Kata Conference at NBC Exhibition Hall

Thursday, July 3

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Registration & weigh-in for all competitors at NBC Exhibition Hall

1 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Referee meeting at Ohana Waikiki East Hotel conference room

8:30 p.m. – Coaches meeting at Ohana Waikiki East Hotel conference room

10 p.m. – Draw sheets posted for Friday & Saturday’s divisions at Ohana Waikiki East Hotel conference room

Friday, July 4 (All events at Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena)

7 a.m. – Doors open to public

8:30 a.m. – Opening ceremonies

9 a.m. – Competition begins for bantam, intermediate and juvenile-B division

Saturday, July 5 (All events at Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena)

7:30 a.m. – Doors open to public

9 a.m. – Competition begins for kata juvenile-A, IJF-junior, IJF-open & team divisions

11 a.m. – Draw sheets posted for Sunday’s division at

Sunday, July 6 (All events at Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena)

7 a.m. – Doors open to public

8:30 a.m. – Opening ceremonies

9 a.m. – Competition begins for brown belt, masters, kata and senior divisions

Tickets still available for tournament action

The tournament starts on Friday, July 4 and continues through Sunday, July 6 at the Blaisdell Center Arena. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster (800-745-3000 or or at the Blaisdell Center Box Office (808-768-5252). The box office is open Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Media Contact: Kalani Takase [808-221-2167 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]



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May 24, 2014

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May 19, 2014 

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Mailed entries accepted until June 24th (with fee increase).

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  Thursday, July 3, 2014


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FRIDAY,  JULY  4, 2014


USJF/USJA Jr. National

Judo Championships

Bantam, Intermediate & Juvenile B

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Judo Championships 

Juvenile A, IJF Junior Kata

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