The sensei and senshu at the Soko Joshi Kata Clinic. From left to right, at the back: Bruce Knight, Bill Caldwell, Brent Smith, Theodore Schwalm, Jakub Sawczuk, Damon Ellis, Ben Ott, Takako Okamoto, Val Brisbin, Natsumi Aoki, Laura Lombardi, Kasuga Sensei. At the front, left to right is Eiko Shepherd Sensei, Ivan Sensei, and Seki Sensei.Note the portraits of Keiko Fukuda Sensei and the founder, Jigoro Kano Shihan.
Fukuda Sensei (9th Dan - Center), Ivan Zavetchanos (8th Dan - Rear) with Damon Ellis (Shodan - left) and Conrad Dudley-Bateman (Shodan - right) at the Fukuda International Kata Tournament San Francisco, U.S.A. 2005. Result: 1st Place Kime-no-Kata, 2nd Place Nage and Katame Kata
Ivan Zavetchanos (8th Dan) training at the Kodokan in Japan where he trained with, amongst others, Donn F. Draeger and Tadao Otaki, the late George Harris, an African-American, and his teammates Jim Bregman, who was Jewish, Ben Nighthorse Campbell, a Native American, and Paul Maruyama, a Japanese American.
Benefits of Judo
Budo can improve mental attitude and social skills.
Judo techniques teach the student good physical skills, including balance, self-awareness and coordination.
Self Defence Judo can build practitioners confidence, enabling students to properly ascertain their circumstance, and a possible course of action.