Judo Club

NCJA National Championships:

  • 2015 Hiroshi Yamaguchi, 1st
  • 2015 Sofia Greco-Byrne, 3rd
  • 2016 Nicole Taniguchi, 3rd
  • 2017 John Leece, 2nd
  • 2018 Sofia Greco-Byrne, 3rd
  • 2018 Czarina Pineda-Abaya, 1st
  • 2018 John Leece, 1st
  • 2018 Michael Serra, 2nd

Judo (meaning "gentle way") is a modern martial art, combat, and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or take down an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke.

Originally founded by Sensei Mits Kimura in 1962, the USF Judo Club, which is a competitive club on campus, has recently been revived. Sensei Kevin Oh has restarted the club in the hopes of providing access to USF students interested in the art. Students from beginner to advanced are encouraged to participate.

Sport Judo has many fitness benefits and can aid in the development of self-defense skills. The art can be enjoyed recreationally and those with a competitive edge have access to competition. The curriculum is designed for participants of all skill levels to prosper.

The USF Judo Club focuses on Olympic-style Judo and sends those interested in competition out to local and national Judo tournaments. Participants are matched up against others with similar skill sets to compete for medals.

Sensei: Kevin Oh

Getting Involved

The best way to get involved is to show up to practice. We suggest arriving early so that you can introduce yourself to the coach and current members. All levels of experience are welcome.  Please contact the Recreational Sports Department at KHRC@usfca.edu with any questions. 

Participation Dues

Dues are the annual cost to participate in a Sport Club at USF. Dues will not be prorated for participants that are joining late. The Recreational Sports Department supports an open enrollment policy throughout the academic year.

Click here for instructions on activating your student account to pay participation dues.

USF Judoka, John Leece, winning 1st place.