Protected: Black Belt Promotions

Black Belt Promotions To the rank of Shodan: Mauricio Arbulu, a student of Professor Kevin Colton at Santa Clarita Valley Jujitsu Tara Campese, a student of Professor Kevin Colton at Santa Clarita Valley Jujitsu Xander Dearborn, a student of Professor Kevin Colton at...

Protected: Why do we do tournaments?

Why do we do tournaments? Scott Redden, 2016 AJJF Convention Freestyle Tournament 1st place winner Nidan and Above           I wonder if new students understand why we do Kata and Freestyle tournaments. I also wonder if some of the senior...

Remembering Betty Jane Maillette

Remembering Betty Jane Maillette 1924 – 2016 Fort Bragg, California (Reprinted with permission from Contra Costa Times) We mourn the recent passing of Betty (BJ) Maillette, age 92. Betty dedicated much of her life to teaching Jujitsu and self-protection to women. She...

Protected: Shinzen Kai 2+1 Tournament

Shinzen Kai 2+1 Tournament Tom Thiel   On March 19, 2016, I headed to the dojo. It felt familiar for a Saturday morning, though we had switched our scheduled classes to Mondays and Wednesdays years ago. I arrived early to welcome people as they came for the 2+1...

Protected: The Climb

The Climb Chelsea DeVincent The longer I train, the more aware I become of the different challenges we face as we grow in our martial art. Starting as a white belt, and through most of your kyu ranks, your challenges are mostly physical. Get in shape, put that hand...

Protected: Muscle has Memory

Muscle has Memory Professor Jerry Kunzman Have you ever watched a Master in any martial art with wonderment and awe at their lightning fast and perfect response to an attack? Have you ever wondered how they do that? How long do you have to train to be that fast and...