Club News

Happy New Year!

On behalf of Buokan Dojo, we wih everyone a wonderful, happy and healthy 2022!

Safety will remain our primary goal, so we ask everyone to pay close attention to their own health and request that everyone be extra careful, especially if you have any cold or flu-like symptoms. We have decided to institute a waiting list for any new 2022 Youth and Adult Beginner member until a time where we can safely admit new students. If anyone is interested in joining our classes, please sign up for our waiting list at:

If anyone has any questions about the waiting list, please email us at:

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November 2021 schedule changes:

No practice on the following days:

Wednesday, November 10 (Bunka no Hi event at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center)

Thursday, November 11 (Bunka no Hi event at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center)

Thursday, November 25 (Thanksgiving)

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We are excited to announce that starting Tuesday, August 3, 2021, the dojo has reopened for our Youth and Adult Beginner Class (6:00PM to 7:15PM) and Advanced and Senior Class (8:00PM to 9:30PM) on Tuesday and Thursday nights.

We are excited that we can finally open the dojo again and to begin practicing after an unprecedented long break due to the world-wide Covid-19 pandemic. Given that the delta variant is spreading rapidly and fluidly in the community, state, and country, we are monitoring the situation very carefully so that we can adapt to local health requirements, as needed. Thank you for your understanding and continued support over this time of uncertainty!

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Budokan Judo Demonstration at Bon Odori at the Seattle Buddhist Church!

The Dojo has been invited to perform a judo demonstration on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 5:30pm as part of Bon Odori. The demonstration will take place on the stage in the gym. We will gather at 5:00pm near the gym.

Everyone is welcome to participate, no experience needed! The Seattle Bon Odori is a Budhist festival that celebrates the ancestors that have passed on by remembering and appreciating their contribution to their descendent's lives. The main feature is folk dancing in the street in front of the church, Crafts and food are available for purchase. Please let Sensei John or Sensei Calvin know if interested in participating.

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Congratulations to all the competitors who went to the 2019 Junior Olympic National and International Championships in Anaheim, CA!






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Great job to all the Budokan members who competed at the Seattle Dojo Tournament on May 5th!

Alice Iseri (1st)

Mattie Iseri (3rd and 3rd)

Kaiya Bonifacio (1st and 3rd)

Xavier Kearns (2nd)

Oscar Kearns

Natalie Bonsi (2nd)

Rebecca Bonsi (1st and 3rd)

Michio Ichikawa (2nd)

Vincent Yagi (3rd)

Kenzo Yocom

Taiki Miyamoto (1st and 3rd)

Philbert Lim (3rd)

Satoru Isohata

Ryan Schaedler (1st and 3rd)

Michael Kneip

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We're looking for participants for two upcoming judo demonstration:

Saturday, 21 April 2018 - Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival @ Seattle Center Armory. 2:00-2:30pm (meet at 1:30pm near stage)

Sunday, 6 May 2018 - Kodomo no Hi (Children's Day) Festival @ Japanese Cultural and Community Center . 1:20-1:50pm (meet at 12:50pm at Dojo)

Open to all members regardless of experience, skill or level of training! Please feel free to ask any of the senseis at practice or via email if you have any questions.

RSVP to:

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Congratulations to all the team competitors at the Obukan Tournament on March 24th!

Oscar Kearns

Alice Iseri (2nd)

Mattie Iseri

Kaiya Bonifacio (1st and 3rd)

Nolan Fujii

Xavier Kearns

Michio Ichikawa

Nathan Terada (2nd and 3rd)

Natalie Bonsi

Rebecca Bonsi (1st and 3rd)

Philbert Lin

Artiom Ciumac (2nd and 3rd)

Great job to all!

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Congratulations to Tegan Yuasa who took gold at the 2018 USA Judo Youth Nationals Championship Tournament in York, PA. Tegan qualifies to be on Team USA for PanAm Champtionships in Argentina and the IJF Cadet European Tour in Pland and Portugal. Taylan Yuasa also came home with gold in the Collegiate 60kg Division. Congratulations to both!

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Misato Sandoval took a silver medal at the Dallas Invitational. Taylan Yuasa came home with a bronze, Tegan Yuasa won a bronze and a gold medal at the USA Judo President's Cup Championships. Congratulations to all!

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Brothers Tegan Yuasa (-50kg) and Taylan Yuasa (-60k) win bronze medals in their respective divisions at the 2017 US Open Championships in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Congratulations Tegan and Taylan!

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All dojo Mariner Game Night is on Tuesday, August 15th!

It is a long standing tradition that the dojo takes a break from judo practice to watch Mariner baseball with our "judo family." This year's dojo outing date is Tuesday, 15August 2017. The Mariners will be playing the Baltimore Orioles at 7:10pm. Group tickets for the game are complimentary to dojo members, parents, and instructors. Tickets for friends or extended family members are $15 per person.

Please check your schedule and contact Calvin Sensei by Friday, 21 July 2017 to reserve your tickets! (

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Congratulations to Maddie (Silver), Kaiya (Gold & Gold), Keiden (Silver), Tegan (Silver), and MIsato (Gold & Gold) who represented BVudokan at the 2017 USA Judo Junior Olympics in Spokane!

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Congratulations to all competitors, referees, coahches and parents from the Pacific Northwest who headed down to Salt Lake City for the

USA Judo Senior National Championships!

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Kodonomo no Hi "Children's Day" Festival at the Japanese Culture and Community Center is scheduled for Sunday, May 7, 2017!

Our judo demo is scheduled for 12:50pm in the dojo. Please meet at 12:20pm around the dojo area. No experience is required for this demo. If anyone has questions about the event, please ask one of the Senseis!

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We have two judo demonstrations coming up this spring:

Saturday, 26 March: Sakura-Con Judo Demonstration @ Washington State Convention Center

(Please sign up by 25 February for passes! All members regardless of experience are welcome to participate with day-pass included for Anime convention)

Sunday, 1 May: Kodomo no Hi (Children's Day) JCCCW Judo Demonstration @ Dojo

(Please sign up by 28 April 2016. All members regardless of experience are welcome to participate)

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Happy 2016!

A great turnout for our annual New Year's Day practice to start off 2016!

Photos courtesy of K. Beck

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The annual Budokan Dojo Tournament was held on Saturday, June 6th at Shorewood H.S., Shoreline, WA.

Thank you to all the competitors and volunteers who helped make this such a successful event!

Photos courtesy of K. Beck

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Sunday May 4th 1:00pm Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington1414 South Weller StreetSeattle, WA 98144Tel: (206) 728-0610Children’s Day is a fun and exciting introduction to the rich world of children’s culture in Japan. The JCCCW welcomes families in the community to take part in the Kodomo no Hi festival as an opportunity to experience multiculturalism while celebrating the health and growth of all children.

Photo courtesy of Violet N Photography (

Taylan Yuasa was recently featured in a Seattle Times HS Sports section article. You can read the article here!

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A quick reminder about the our dojo's inclement weather policy: If Seattle Public Schools are closed, then the dojo will also be closed.

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Our next judo demonstration is scheduled for Sunday, 7 September at 3:30pm as part of the 2014 Aki Matsuri (Fall Festival). Showcase judo to interested community members! Please let Sensei John or Sensei Calvin know if you can participate by Friday, 5 September 2014 so that we have an approximate headcount. Everyone is welcome to participate in regardless of skill level.

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The 2014 USJF Junior Nationals were held July 4-6 in Honolulu, Hawaii! Congratulations to all the competitors from Budokan Dojo and the Northwest Yudanshakai who competed.

Tegan Yuasa and Alissa Kosugi took gold in Katame no Kata and silver in Nage no Kata. Tegan Yuasa also took silver in shiai in the Intermediate 2 31 kg divsion. Christine Nguyen is natinonal champ in IJF 52kg.

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Congratulations to all who participated at the Senior Nationals on May 3-4 in Reno, NV! Taylan Yuasa took 1st in the brown belt, 2nd in the black belt divisions; Bert Mackey and Masami Hasegawa both placed first in their respective Masters divsions!

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The Seattle Dojo Tournament was held on Saturday, May 3rd at the South Bellevue Community Center. Great job to Christine Nguyen who took 1st; Alissa Kosugi who took 2nd and also two 1st places in kata; Tegan Yuasa who took 3rd and also two 1st places in kata; Naomi Nam, 3rd and Meredith Nam 4th. Congratulations to all competitors!

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Kodomo no Hi Judo Demonstration