Professor Hillary Kaplowitz is Sensei of Pacific JuJitsu Kai and has been teaching for the City of Santa Monica since 2000. Hillary began her training in 1977 in the youth program at the Santa Monica YMCA under Sensei Jim Nieto, where she also competed on the Judo team. After a hiatus, she went on to train under a number of Sensei including Mike Lynch and Ed Cook, receiving her black belt in 1998 from Profs. William Randle and Leif Bennett. Hillary then began studying under Prof. Robert Hudson in 2000. She received the title of Kyoshi from her Sensei in 2008 and attended the 2013 Okugi with him, receiving a Shihan Kaidensho from Prof. Tony Janovich. In 2017, she received her Professorship from the American Judo & Jujitsu Federation (AJJF). She is an instructor in the Danzan Ryu Seifukujitsu Institute massage program and has served various volunteer leadership positions in the AJJF. One of her interests is in the iron fan techniques of Danzan Ryu and she has published a book on the subject, Tessenjutsu. In addition, Hillary is a professional educator and has a doctorate in education, specializing in instructional design and technology.
You can reach her at moc.ojodcificap@ztiwolpaKforP or visit

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