Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Female Fighter of the Year

Congratulations to Ronda Rousey who was just voted Female Fighter of the Year by Inside MMA! We are so lucky to have had her instruct many of us at WCJTC. Here's to many more victories via armbar.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Practice for December 17 and 18

Practice will held at Orange County Kodokan this Saturday, December 17 from 2pm-6pm and Sunday, December 18 from 3pm-6pm. The location is as follows:

5241 Lincoln Ave # B4 Cypress, CA 90630-2963

See you there.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Practice on Saturday and Sunday, December 10th and 11th

Practice will be held this weekend at Millennia MMA. Bring your GI, NOGI, gloves and $10 for each day to be able to practice at the following location:

8423 Rochester Ave. Suite 102
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Friday, December 2, 2011

Free practice at Millennia MMA, Saturday, December 3rd.

There will be a free pre-tournament practice at Millennia MMA from 2pm - 6pm. Please bring your GI and NOGI gear to the following location:

8423 Rochester Ave. Suite 102
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Results and practice scheduled

Congratulations once again to Sensei Ronda Rousey for quick disposal of yet another opponent. Remember kids, please don't forget to tap.

Also here are some other current results:

Continental Crown(Seattle, WA)

Crystal Butts 2nd place in senior black belt division @ 57 kilos.

Erin Butts 1st place senior women's division at 44 kilos and 1st in the junior division at 44 kilos.

Eileen McNair, 1st place junior division and 4th place in the 13-16 year old senior division.

Grappler's Quest(Las Vegas, NV)

Nathan Navida, 2nd nogi and 3rd gi in advanced 10-12 year olds under 89.9 lbs

Christian Navida, 1st in gi in advanced 7-9 year olds under 69.9 lbs.

Mojica Tournament

Nathan Navida 1st under 92 lbs, 11-12 year olds. Also first in both 10-14 and 13-14 year olds under 92 lbs.

Joshua Reagan, 2nd under 92 lbs, 10-14 year old.

Christian Navida, 1st under 70 lbs 9-10 year old.

We also have practice scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving. See you there.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Practice schedule for next 2 weekends

November 12 & 13, NO practice.

November 19 & 20, practice.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Headcount needed for Nov 5 and 6

Please let Gary-sensei or Carlo know via phone call or text if you will be able to attend either or both classes this weekend. Gary-sensei will decide by Wednesday night if there will be a class. A few of the regulars are going up to Seattle to compete in the Continental Crown Judo Tournament, so we are anticipating a low turnout that may require us to resume class the following weekend. Blinky-sensei will be running classes on both days if there are enough participants to make it worth his while to drive up. He is definitely worth your time. Thank you.

Two types of pain in life for you to choose from: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The choice is yours every weekend.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Instructors for October 29 & 30

Gary Butts will be teaching on Saturday, October 29, including no-gi and grappling.

AnnMaria De Mars & Richard Elizalde will be teaching on Sunday from 3 pm to 6 pm.

They will be teaching judo that you can use in grappling if you want to.

Drill day was fun but this time we will be doing a lot of transition, throwing into pins, and some grip-fighting just because we haven't done much of that lately, as well as foot techniques.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Drill Day!

This Saturday has been proclaimed "Drill Day".
Come prepared to do - drills, duh! Here are a few of the many, many we will be doing:

Helicopter Drill : someone on the Judo Forum named it that, but we used to do it at Venice Dojo long ago. Put your weight on your opponent's back, spin fast in one direction. When the sensei yells "Switch!" spin fast in the other direction. When the sensei says "Hajime!" both of you attack.

Escape drill 1:
You all know this - one person is on his or her back and the other gets as close as possible without touching. On "Hajime!" the one on the bottom has 10 seconds to escape without getting pinned.

Escape drill 2: You're pinned. You have 25 seconds to escape. That is all.

Escape drill 3: You're pinned. Every time the coach yells "Switch!" the person on top has to switch to another pin. Try to get out. Don't wait until the coach says to switch. Try to get out from the very beginning. What is wrong with you?

Escape drill 4: You're on your back and the opponent has your arm. You have ten seconds to get away and he or she has ten seconds to try to armbar you.

Wrestler's roll: You are on all fours. Your partner as next to you. When the coach yells "Reach!" the partner reaches a hand over your back and you need to IMMEDIATELY, roll that person into a pin. [Bet you thought I was going to say Escape drill 5, didn't you?]

More drills to come ... watch this site..

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Saturday, October 15th practice only 2-6pm

We'll be competing at Heart Judo Tournament being held in Baldwin Park(Mojica-Esther Snyder Community Center) on Sunday, October 16th, so only Saturday practice. See you at Saturday practice and the tournament.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Practice on Saturday(2-6pm) and Sunday(3-6pm)

Hope all you enjoyed the grand opening last weekend and are ready for more this weekend.  See you there.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Grand Opening - in Pictures

Here are just a few pictures from the many great learning opportunities on Saturday.

Sensei Victor teaching shoulder throws.

Tom Reusling (Gracie Barra Corona) and Daniel Valdez (Barstow Judo)hard at work.

Dr. Jake Flores teaching us all about gripping.

Ronda Rousey, assisted by Crystal Butts, demonstrating the correct hand positioning for the  Klaus Glahn choke and turnover.

You can also see a few more pictures and her personal take on the day at The Business/ Judo of Life , Dr. AnnMaria De Mar's blog.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Hayward Nishioka confirms as seventh instructor at West Coast Judo Grand Opening

Hayward Nishioka, the only person in the U.S. to have been a competitor, coach and referee at the world judo championships (in different years, he's not that awesome) and author of several books on judo.

You can see him in his younger days throwing Rickson Gracie in this video.

Hayward has been U.S. National Champion, Panamerican Champion, produced judo videos and every other accomplishment you can imagine in judo.

Here is the updated list of CONFIRMED instructors for Saturday, October 1

Sensei Blinky Elizalde will be teaching foot techniques.
Dr. AnnMaria De Mars will be teaching arm bars.
Sensei Victor Ortiz, Ontario Judo will be teaching shoulder throws.
Ronda Rousey will be teaching chokes.
Gary Butts will be teaching techniques from no-gi grappling.
Tom Reusling of Gracie Barra Corona will be teaching jiu-jitsu
Sensei Hayward Nishioka will be teaching foot techniques not covered by Sensei Elizalde

The new West Coast Judo Training Center is in a much larger location at 859 W. Foothill, Claremont, CA

The grand opening is from 2 - 6 pm.
We'll decide the exact schedule on Saturday, although we do have it down in general. Dr. AnnMaria De Mars will be one of the first clinicians and Sensei Nishioka and Ronda Rousey will be going a little later.

For this special seminar, the cost is only $15 for USJA/JF, USA Judo members and $25 for non-members. The regular classes will continue to be $10/class for everybody who is a regular member.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mystery Dates revealed ... more instructors at October 1 Grand Opening

Just a note that Tom Reusling of Gracie Barra Corona will also be on hand at the Grand Opening. Tom runs one of the most family-friendly clubs around and is a really nice guy on top of it. Whether you'd like to see a few jiu-jitsu moves or get a couple of pointers on the challenges and rewards of running a commercial dojo, ask Tom, he'll be happy to share his experience with you.

Apologies to Tom who had sent his confirmation earlier but we'd missed it. (Okay, *cough* *cough* AnnMaria missed it.)

There are a few other instructors who said they would try to make it. As Yoda said, There is no try. Just do.

Will add more info as it becomes available. Or just show up and be surprised.
Saturday, October 1, 2 - 6 pm 859 Foothill, Claremont, CA

Monday, September 26, 2011


Check back regularly for news on the Grand Opening at our new location in Claremont on October 1st. Our plan is to have eight instructors teach for 30 minutes each to provide all visitors an opportunity to learn judo and some ideas for cross-training in jiu-jitsu and grappling as well. There are a few who have promised to try to make it but are unsure due to work commitments or who have not told us definitely what they will be teaching. Here are those who have confirmed definitely at this time:

Sensei Blinky Elizalde will be teaching foot techniques.
Dr. AnnMaria De Mars will be teaching arm bars.
Sensei Victor Ortiz, Ontario Judo will be teaching shoulder throws.
Ronda Rousey will be teaching chokes.
Gary Butts will be teaching techniques from no-gi grappling.
Tom Reusling of Gracie Barra Corona will be teaching jiu-jitsu

The new West Coast Judo Training Center is in a much larger location at 859 W. Foothill, Claremont, CA

The grand opening is from 2 - 6 pm.

For this special seminar, the cost is only $15 for USJA/JF, USA Judo members and $25 for non-members. The regular classes will continue to be $10/class for everybody who is a regular member.
Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Weekend results

Congratulations to all! As a reminder, there is no practice this weekend, September 17/18, but the following weekend will be at the new location listed above, same practice times. Let's all work harder to get more 1st places across the board.

NAGA Las Vegas

Crystal Butts(Millennia) - 1st nogi and 1st gi

Erin Butts(Millennia) - 2nd nogi and 1st gi

Nathan Navida(SDBJJ) - 1st nogi and 2nd gi

Sean Reagan(Millennia) - 2nd nogi and 1st gi

Joshua Reagan(Millennia) - 2nd nogi and 1st gi

Bradley Chirino(Millennia) - 1st nogi and 2nd gi

Christian Navida(SDBJJ) - 3rd nogi and 3rd gi

Nanka Jr/Sr Fall Judo Tournament

Cody Merrill, age 6 (Mojica) - 2 divisions, 1st in 5-6 age group and 3rd in 6-8 year old bracket.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Very important update and grappling clinic

Hello all, there will be no practice on the next two weekends(9/10-11, @ NAGA Las Vegas; 9/17-18, move to new location). We are proud to announce that we will be holding practice on September 24/25 at the new location for West Coast Judo Training Center at 859 W Foothill Blvd, Claremont CA 91711(Sekai Black Belt Academy). Please tell everybody about the location. One of the parents noticed that the location is air conditioned, has much more seating and at least double the mat space(don't let the small entrance way fool you). It is also in a family-friendly location, so parents and spouses have multiple options in passing the time as their loved ones prepare for the next tournament. This will all be followed by the official grand opening on Saturday, October 1st with a grappling clinic to be conducted by Ronda Rousey(undefeated professional MMA fighter, devastating armbar machine, 2-time Olympian and 2008 Olympic Judo Bronze medalist), Dr. AnnMaria De Mars(1st American to win a Judo World Championship and more importantly mother of Ronda and her three sisters), Manny Gamburyan(extremely dangerous MMA fighter, nationally and internationally ranked Judo and Sambo competitor) and other special guests to be announced. Don't miss out. For this special seminar, the cost is only $15 for USJA/JF, USA Judo members and $25 for non-members. The regular classes will continue to be $10/class for everybody who is a regular member. All are welcome who have a willingness to improve their game.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

No class on Sunday 9/4 or next weekend.

There will be no class on Sunday(9/4) or next weekend because we will be competing at NAGA Las Vegas. Please stay posted for the new West Coast Judo Training Center location in Claremont.

Monday, August 22, 2011

No class this weekend(August 27-28)

Due to many members competing for their respective schools/teams in either the Golden State Open Judo Tournament and/or the North American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament, there will be no class the weekend of August 27 and 28. Good luck to all, you've worked every weekend for it.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Practice tomorrow from 3pm-6pm.

There will be practice after the Nikkei Games Judo Tournament from 3pm-6pm Sunday,August 21. See you there fanatics!

Practice tomorrow from 3pm-6pm.

There will be practice after the Nikkei Games Judo Tournament from 3pm-6pm Sunday,August 21. See you there fanatics!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Ronda is now 3-0

Congratulations to Ronda Rousey for submitting her 3rd professional MMA opponent in 25 seconds by armbar. Please take advantage of learning how she has quickly submitted her last 6 MMA(3-0 amateur and 3-0 pro) opponents. See details below for the clinic on how to trasition into armbars. This clinic is for anyone ages 5 and up. It will be 4 hours well spent.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Ronda Rousey's fight and upcoming armbar clinic

Ronda will be fighting her 3rd MMA match with Strikeforce this Friday, August 12th. It will be available on Showtime. Go get her Ronda!

On the following weekend, Saturday, August 20, Ronda will be conducting an armbar clinic at West Coast Judo Training Center from 2pm-6pm. It's only $10 for USJF, USJA and USA Judo members. $20 for non-members. Learn from a rising MMA star and 2-time Olympian(bronze medalist in the 2008 Olympics).

Class on Sunday, August 8/14

Class on Sunday wll be from 3-6pm. No class on Saturday.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Practice on August 6th and 7th

There will be practice this weekend,  both days. See you there.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sunday practice only

No practice on Saturday due to members attending Best of the West nogi and Jr. Olympics on Saturday, June 23. However, there will be practice on Sunday, July 24, run by Blinky-sensei and Ronda-sensei.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Practice on Sunday, July 17th from 3-6pm

There is only one practice this weekend, Sunday, July 17th due to two BJJ tournaments on Saturday, July 16th. See you the tournaments and at practice the next day.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

NO practice this weekend, July 9 and 10

A majority of the WCJTC members will be competing at Grappler's Quest in Las Vegas on Saturday, July 9th, so there will be no class on either the 9th or 10th.

We may only have class next Sunday, June 17th, but since there are 2 BJJ tournaments on July 16th, there definitely is no class on Saturday, July 16th.
Good luck to all who put in extra mat time at WCJTC.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Did you know...Ronda-sensei is now 2-0?

Congratulations to Ronda-sensei for winning by armbar in only 49 seconds against kickboxing champion Charmaine Tweet. It was her second professional MMA bout(3 amatuer wins, all by submission) held at Hard Knocks Fighting Championship: School of Hard Knocks on June 17th, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  We all wish her continued success!
W A Y  T O  G O  RONDA!! We are proud of you!!!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

No practice this weekend

WCJTC members will be competing in Grappling X in San Diego on Saturday, June 25 and the LA Open International Jiu-Jitsu tournament on June 26th.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Practice this weekend

There will be practice on Saturday, June 11th(2pm-6pm) and Sunday, June 12th(3pm-6pm). Please come to get better.  Kiddie Judo will only take you so far...

Friday, June 3, 2011

Sunday practice only

There will be practice this Sunday, June 5th from 3-6pm, but no practice Saturday, June 4th. See you all at one of the tournaments below. Good luck to all WCJTC members.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Sunday Tournaments - June 5

There are THREE tournaments this weekend.

Sensei Gary Butts and Crystal Butts will be at the Presidents Cup.

June 5  - Sensei Ronda Rousey will be at Hayastan to coach West Coast players competing in the gi and no-gi grappling tournament   - You can find all of the details here at www.gokor.com and register on-line

Also this weekend
June 5 - Migoto Judo Championships, Baldwin Park, CA.  Please visit http://www.migoto-judo.org/

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Short practice on Saturday, May 28

There will only be a 2 hour practice this Saturday from 3-5 PM. NO Sunday practice. Many of us will be competing at the Cal State Judo Championships this weekend. Dominate!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Knowledge wins!

7 competitors from the West Coast Invitational/Speed Harada Judo tournament decided to head to practice after the tournament yesterday.  Over half of those competitors placed 1st and all placed at least 3rd.  Additionally, there were also 8 others(for a total of 15) who were at the West Coast Judo Training Center training and/or teaching yesterday from 3-6pm.  Ask yourself, what do I do after a tournament?
Anyways, there will be practice this Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22.  Let's get ready for the California State Championships  at the end of this month!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Practice on Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and May 15

A few of us will be competing at the West Coast Invitational/Speed Harada Judo Tournament this Sunday, but will still head to practice afterwards. Are you hungry for knowledge or are you hungry for Hometown Buffet?

Monday, May 2, 2011

No practice May 7th and 8th, but...

...be sure to attend the Empire Judo Invitational on Saturday, May 7th.  Here is the link for your convenience:


And to all the mothers are there, Happy Mother's Day.  We wouldn't be where we are today without your nurturing, love and support!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Practice only on Sunday, May 1st

There will be only one practice this Sunday, one hour earlier, from 2-6PM instead of the regular time on Sundays. Gary-sensei, Ronda-sensei and Sammy-sensei will be conducting practice. There will also be 6-8 or more  Jiu-Jitsu players from Millenia BJJ there to practice. Please take advantage of each and every opportunity to practice.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Great news - Judo on Saturday - Hurray!

There will be practice this Saturday, April 23rd from 2-6pm.  As usual, we'll start off with conditioning, then technical training, then some randori.

If you don't want to make your stand up and ground game better, please stay home during this time or find another excuse not to put in extra training..

No class the next day, Easter Sunday. Happy Easter to all.

Friday, April 15, 2011

2011 USA Judo Youth and Scholastic results

Belated congratulations are in order for Erin and Crystal Butts who finished 1st and 2nd, respectively, in Grand Rapids, Michigan the week of April 2nd and 3rd.

Practice April 16 and 17

There will be practice on Saturday, with Nanka seniors in attendance. Sunday class will have Ronda-sensei and Blinky-sensei.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Practice April 16 and 17.

Take advantage of those two days before the Easter weekend because there is NO practice on April 23 and 24. Happy Easter.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Practice April 2nd and 3rd

Blinky-sensei will be teaching on both Saturday and Sunday.  Ronda-sensei, fresh off her impressive professional MMA debut, will be there on Sunday as well.  Don't miss out.  Practice at WCJTC is time well spent.  See you there.

Good luck to Crystal and Erin Butts who will be competing in the Youth and Scholastic Nationals in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Please show the rest of the country what Southern California and most especially, West Coast Judo Training Center Judo is all about.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Practice on 3/19 and 3/20

Get better. Be there. Pain of discipline or pain of regret. Choose one.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Practice for March 12 and 13

There will be practice at the same time, but with one exception.  Sunday's practice will be held an hour earlier than normal, from 2pm - 6pm.  Please take advantage of the extra hour.  Gary-sensei has some things he wants to work on based on what he saw at this weekend's tournaments.

Bountiful weekend

The following is a list of the results for our regular WCJTC members who competed this weekend in NAGA Las Vegas and the Abu Dhabi Pro Jiu-Jitsu World Trials held in San Diego.  Nice work and many thanks to the coaches and parents who put these competitors in a position to become not only better athletes, but better people.

NAGA Las Vegas

Crystal Butts:  1st in both gi and nogi(teen advanced)

Erin Butts: 1st in both gi and nogi(advanced)

Sean Reagan: 1st in both gi and nogi(intermediate)

Joshua Reagan: 2nd in gi and nogi(intermediate)

Abu Dhabi Pro Jiu-Jitsu World Trials(San Diego)

Bradley Chirino: 1st in both gi and nogi(yellow 7-9, under 77 lbs)

Nathan Navida: 1st in gi and 3rd in nogi(yellow 10-12, under 90 lbs)

Christian Navida: 2nd in gi and 3rd in nogi(yellow 7-9, under 66 lbs)

Sunday, February 27, 2011

No practice March 5th and 6th

Due to many members competing in NAGA Las Vegas and the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championships in San Diego, there is no practice Saturday, March 5th and Sunday, March 6th. Good luck to all.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Practice for February 26 and 27

Regular practice scheduled for this weekend. BE THERE!

Pan Kids and San Jose Buddhist Memorial Judo Tournament results

San Jose Buddhist Memorial Judo Tournament results

Crystal Butts - 3rd

Pan Kids results

Joshua Reagan - 1st

Erin Butts - 1st

Sean Reagan - 2nd

Bradley Chirino - 2rd

Christian Navida - 3rd

Nathan Navida - 3rd

Thursday, February 17, 2011


Due to a large number of West Coast Judo Training Center members either competing at the San Jose Buddhist Memorial Tournament or the Pan Kids Jiu Jitsu tournament, practice has been cancelled for this Saturday(2/19) and Sunday(2/20). Please stay posted for info regarding practice next weekend.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Practice February 12 and 13

There will be practice this Saturday, February 12 from 2pm - 6pm and Sunday, February 13 from 3pm - 6pm.  See you there.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Gracie Nationals/Kids Worlds Results

Congratulations are in order for the following West Coast Judo Training Center members:

Crystal Butts
1st - Gi teen
1st - Nogi Adult intermediate
2nd - Nogi Teen Advanced

Erin Butts
1st Gi and Nogi

Bradley Chirino
1st Gi and Nogi

Joshua Reagan
1st Gi and Nogi

Sean Reagan
1st Nogi and 2nd Gi

Nathan Navida
3rd Nogi

Christian Navida
3rd Nogi

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

No practice January 29 and 30; Practice February 5 and 6.

Most of us will be either at the Gracie Nationals(LA Convention Center) or the San Fernando Kohaku tournament January 29 and 30. Regular practice will resume February 5th @ 2PM, but practice will be from 10am-1pm Super Bowl Sunday, February 6.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Sunday practice

Sunday january 16 practice is cancel. We will be competing at Mojica's judo tournament or grapplerx .

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Start Your New Year's Resolution with Practice January 2nd

Everyone has been asking if there will be practice on Sunday.
Instructors confirmed so far: AnnMaria De Mars & Gary Butts.
As far as I know, Richard (Blinky) Elizalde will also be there.

If you've made a New Year's resolution to be getting to the training center or just to be getting in more hours of practice, well, show your over-fed, holiday 10 pounds self up at 3 p.m.

It was nice to see all of you in San Diego this week, by the way. We didn't get a chance to do as much randori as I would like to have seen, so maybe we can get a few extra rounds in on Sunday.

Ronda won't be here because she is supposed to be resting and cutting weight before her fight in Las Vegas on January 7. She works at 24 Hour Fitness on the graveyard shift on weekends and since everyone shows up right after making their New Year's resolution to get in shape, she is going to be putting in the hours this weekend.