Friday, October 10, 2014

Thank You to Travis Stevens - DBT Judo

It was a great privilege and honor to have 2x Olympian Travis Stevens at DBTJ for an all day clinic.
Thank you Stevens Sensei, and best of luck in your Olympic pursuit!
Thank you to the Colorado Judo League for its sponsorship of this event and Denver Judo for coordination of Stevens Sensei's time and availability. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

46th Annual Northglenn Judo Tournament 2014 Entry Form

Attached please find the entry form to the Northglenn tournament Sept 20th , Northglenn Rec Center.

Entry packages and fees by mail must be postmarked by September 15, 2014 in order to receive the discount

Saturday, August 23, 2014



Dear members, our tournament entry form for the 19th Annual Albert Tagawa Memorial Shiai Oct 11th is available and attached. I will be sending out a request for tournament help and volunteers soon.

I have not seen or received an entry form for the Northglenn tournament yet. Stay tuned.

For additional information contact Tournament Director: Thom Sakata


Kodokan Technical Summer Course 2014 Video

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Cherry Blossom Festival Preparation -- Volunteers Needed

The Cherry Blossom organizers are soliciting for more assistance next week in preparation for the festival. They have asked Judo and Aikido specifically for help with setting up the outside stage on Friday.  If you have the time, please show up from 4-5pm Friady 6/27 at the main gate entrance to help with stage set up.
Also, we are are going to start our summer hours beginning Mon 6/23 and hold practice until 8:30pm.  We will use the extra 1/2 hour next week to work on our Judo performance.  I am crossing my fingers that the gym won't be occupied with preppers and that we can hold practice as normal.  

Monday, June 2, 2014

Adapting Judo for BJJ - Claudio Calasans

Claudio Calasans, black belt in both Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, explains how he integrates his Judo into his BJJ game. He explains his philosophy in how he chooses what throws to focus on to give his students a competitive advantage, and what it takes to drill a move enough to make it automatic.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

BJJ Black Belt Roy Dean Explains White Belt vs Black Belt Armbars

White to Black - Roy Dean Academy

Roy Harris BJJ Black Belt Roy Dean explains the evolution of an individual's armbar game as they progress from white belt to black. He explains the change in how one sees the position to the ability to sense opportunities beautifully.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

DTB Judo and Aikido Colfax Maraton RelayTeam 2014

DTB Judo and Aikido Colfax Maraton RelayTeam

Overall Place: 148 out of 940
Division Place: 41
Gender Place: 96
Time: 3:43:08
Pace: 8:31

Monday, May 26, 2014

Drill: Uchi Mata Against Kneeling Opponent to Juji Gatame (Armbar)

Uchi Mata Throw to Armbar Newaza Transition Drill

Opponent is on 1 knee from failed throw attempt and trying to stand back up 

Get Sleeve and Over-Shoulder Grip (Shoulder Grip on Near Side)

 Shallow Uchi Mata into Near Side, keep Sleeve Grip

 Transition to Armbar

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Judo for MMA: Gracie Breakdown of Rhonda Rousey's Armbar Against Tate

Armbar Against Miesha Tate

Interesting to note:

Jumping switch from Scarf Hold to Side Control after throw due to lack of control of Scarf Hold in MMA/No Gi

Russian Juji Roll by hugging leg and rolling after pulling Tate parallel to body

Breaking down the Figure-4 Armbar Defense

Transition of arm from chest to side of body for deeper Armbar

Friday, May 2, 2014

How to Attack the Turtle - Kurt Osiander (BJJ for Judo)

Kurt Osiander, high level BJJ expert, shows us his favorite methods of attacking the Turtle position.

In order, he shows details for:

Roll over to Side Control
Clock Choke
Dump Roll Counter to Back Control & Choke

Monday, April 21, 2014

Kote Guruma Jime - Loop Choke from Butterfly Guard

Noted Judo Newaza expert Koji Komuro shows us how to perform a Loop Choke from Butterfly Guard:

I do not have the Japanese translation, but the main steps are as follows:

From Butterfly Guard (Upright, Feet Hooked on Inner Thighs)

Grab Lapel Cross-Side Around Collar Bone Area

Pull Down and Break Posture so Forearm/Wrist is Across Neck

With Other Hand, Reach Over Back of Neck and Grab Inside of Sleeve of Choking Arm

To Finish, Pull Arms Out While Expanding Chest and Turning Body Towards Choking Arm in One Motion

Monday, April 14, 2014

Temple Gym Access - Use Garage Entrance, Not Alley Doorway

Hello all,
The Temple has asked that we do not prop open the downstairs door that leads to the alleyway.  This means that on Rockies game nights when we park under the gym, you may still have to make your way to level 2 of the parking garage to enter the gym.  Thanks for your understanding.
There are no home games scheduled for this week.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

2014 Judo and Aikido Colfax Marathon Team & Donations

This summer the Dojo will be running two fundraisers. Yes, I know, not another fundraiser. I realize everyone has their finances stretched to the four corners of the globe, so we appreciate your consideration and any amount you can afford.

The first is the Colfax marathon: Judo and Aikido have teamed up to create a team of 5 relay runners to run the 26 miles route. We will be raising money for temple renovations to include the gym where we practice. 10% of the money raised will go to the Children's Hospital as a charity donation. Our 5 team members are:

Emily Abo (teen) - 4 mile leg

Ryan Abo (teen) - 6 mile leg

William Hwang (adult) - 6 mile leg

Thom Sakata ( adult) - 6 mile leg

Kai Sakata (10 yr old) - 4 mile leg

Each team member has a goal of raising $200 and could use your help, if you are so inclined to do so. Use this link to donate to the team member of your choice.


Secondly: We are soliciting for grants and private donations to purchase new mats. We are close to our goal and the senseis will be pooling our money with a challenge to Judo parents and students to match our funds. Stay tuned for details later this late spring / early summer.

Thank you for all your support - you make the Dojo; and as always I am open to your questions, comments, concerns and suggestions.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Judo Principles and Theory by Neil Adams - Video Clip

Judo Theory and Application by Neil Adams, 8th Dan and Olympic Medalist
Video a clip from "The Complete Judoka"

Monday, March 3, 2014

Simple Trap and Roll (Upa) Mount Escape

Mitch Coats, a BJJ Black Belt, shows the basics of the traditional mount escape.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Video Explaining New IJF Rules for Competition

Interesting comment on this video:

[The following is based on a source which I cannot reveal, so please take this with a grain of salt. Consider it opinion.] 
These rules are not great, but there is a reason: the Olympics. As many of you know, wrestling was almost removed from the Olympics. The Olympic Committee threatened to do the same to judo, because it looked so similar to wrestling -- just with jackets. These changes were the response. They were designed to create more throwing, less grip fighting, and fewer leg-grabbing techniques, and to distinguish judo from wrestling (freestyle and Greco-Roman). 
I don't like how this restricts judoka, but I understand why they did it. The good news is that if you are an aggressive player, with a good ability to create kuzushi, you can still be highly successful. 
In addition, the new rules make it easier to win via partial score on throw when combined with osaekomi as osaekomi times have been shortened.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Kan Geiko 2014

Here's the kan geiko info. For those of you new to Judo, kan geiko is "winter training" a Japanese tradition to train in the bitter winter cold at the beginning of the New Year to toughen one's spirit. Here, we celebrate "kan geiko" by visiting surrounding Judo clubs for a whole week to start off the New Year with the intent of training hard. Make as many of these as you can.

A few items to note:

1. For Monday night DBT Judo members do not have to input a parking pass code at the kiosk IF you have parking pass hang tag.

2. Aikido has graciously moved their practice into the auditorium for Monday night. If some of us can arrive early, let's help Aikido move tables, chairs and mats in the auditorium.

3. Print and sign the attached Denver Judo waiver if you plan to go to the Wed and/or Fri practice. (I will not likely make the Friday practice as it is a soccer night for one of my boys.)

4,. We may be taking Thursday since its still open. I am still looking into parking permission.

5. Practice Jita Kyoei (mutual benefit and welfare) meaning train hard but safely



Monday 2/10 – Denver Buddhist Temple Judo Dojo
1947 Lawrence St
6:30 pm to 8pm

Tuesday 2/11 - Northglenn Judo Club
Northglenn Recreation Center
11801 Community Center Drive (120th and I-25)
6:30pm to 8:30pm
(Rec Center fee is $2.50 per person)

Wednesday 2/12 - Denver Judo Club
719 Mariposa St.
Kids 12 and under: 5:45-7pm
Seniors 13 and up: 7-9pm

Thursday 2/13 - OPEN

Friday 2/14 - Denver Judo Club
719 Mariposa St.
6-7:30 pm

Saturday 2/15 - OPEN

Sasae Tsturikomi Ashi & Harai Tsurikomi Ashi Videos

Sasae Tsturikomi Ashi

Harai Tsurikomi Ashi

Friday, January 24, 2014

Denver Judo Spring 2014 Tournament Entry Form

Here it is - the entry form for the March 8th Denver Judo tournament. You can also register online. Follow the link on the form. Again, if you are a white belt just staring out in Judo please ask me first whether competition is in your current skill range. Thanks and enjoy your weekend.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Represent DBT Judo at the Colfax Marathon!

The Temple has asked DBT Judo, Aikido and Karate if we would be interested in fielding a relay team for the Colfax marathon in May. I don't have all the details but it would cost about $45 per runner. The team would consist of 5 members each running about a 5 mile leg to complete the 26+ miles. We would be helping the Temple so proceeds from your sponsors would go to the Temple, not the Judo club. If we have more than five students who are interested, we could perhaps field two teams. Anyway, for now - show of hands - who would be interested in running a leg?

Email Sensei Sakata for details!

dbtjudo [at] gmail [dot] com

Loop/Single Wing Choke by Isao Okano

Isao Okano demonstrates a variation of Kata Ha Jime (Single Wing Choke)


Opponent is in Turtle, facing you

Left Hand - Belt Grip (Palm Down)
Right Hand - Collar Grip (Palm Up)

Yank opponent towards you, breaking his posture

Right Hand follows collar towards opponents chest, clears head, and cinches collar across opponent's neck

Simultaneously, drive forward into opponent, and Left Hand swims toward hooking opponent's nearside leg - sprawl legs to pin opponent while choke is applied

Ippon Osoto Gari Frame-by-Frame

Monday, January 20, 2014

Judokas From Across the Nation Weigh in on New IJF Leg-Grabbing Rule

Original Threads:

Opinions seem to range significantly - a few examples:

User Sirkkus

I don't think the current rules are perfect, but I think they attempt to address a real problem in competitive judo and I appreciate the the IJF is willing to make drastic changes to try to fix it.

The problem that I see is that competitive judoka can win with ugly judo: bent over stance, constant grip breaking, score a small point and then run out the clock. I prefer the current rules over the previous iteration, but I agree with most people that they're too restrictive to be ideal.
I think that what the rules should do, rather than penlizing ugly judo, is encourage good judo. My suggestion is that we remove both the yuko and the waza ari. Matches only end by ippon, and if the time runs out there will be a judges' descision. The ideal situation is that there would be no time limit, but of couse that's not practical for running tournaments. I know that many people will dislike so many matches ending in decision, but I claim that if judoka are forced to only shoot for ippons judo will become more upright and aggresive, resulting in more ippons anyways.

User ugly_midget

I would like to say that, unfortunately, it also influences how judo is taught in the dojo.
Several techniques in my dojo has now been banned because of these silly rules just because the trainers can't distinguish between "training judo" and competition. 
I'm on the old side and have been training judo for quite some time and I have a lot of tricks in my sleeve that I'm now not supposed to use? 
This is so silly. Not all judokas compete in regional, national or even olympic events. During training I would like to know ALL facets of judo and not some down watered neutered version. 

Japanese Judo Champ Shonei Ono Compilation Video

0:14 - Has got to be the coolest looking Uchi Mata I've seen so far.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Harai Goshi by 8th Dan Sato Tadashi

Sato Tadashi sensei (8dan). Harai goshi. Uke Savchenkov Nicolay. Moscow, june 2008.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Judo in MMA - Rhonda Rousey vs Meisha Tate II Highlights

Before the break we talked about when being pushed, not to push back, but to "give way" and use your opponents forward momentum for your own throw. I did not see the Rousey - Tate fight but I wanted to share this highlight as an example of turning into a throw off a push. Even if you don't care for mma, share this clip with your judo kids to give them a visual of what we mean by not pushing back when being pushed. See Ronda Rousey execute an uchimata (47 sec) and harai-goshi (54? sec) almost effortlessly off a hug/tackle by Tate.