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San Gabriel 85th Anniversary Judo Tournament

Great performance at the San Gabriel 85th Anniversary Judo Tournament. Six competitors and six medals.
Anthony 1st
Ashley 1st
Maddy 1st
Sarina 2nd
Guile 3rd
Oliver 3rd
There were a lot of competitors in each pool, about 325 competitors in total, so it was a long day!

Judo Clinic with Justin Flores

Come work out with Justin Flores.  We will be hosting a Clinic at Migoto Judo Dojo.
$20 pregister and $25 at the door.
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Junior Olympics Results

2nd Place

3rd Place
Anthony (2 divisions)

Heart Invitational Judo Tournament Results

1st Place
Anthony (2 Divisions)

2nd Place

West Coast Invitational Judo Tournament Results

1st Place
Maddy and Sarina – Nage No Kata
Maddy and Sarina – Katame No Kata

3rd Place

West Coast Invitational Judo Tournament

West Coast Invitational Judo Tournament is this Sunday, May 19th. We are a pre-weigh in site for the tournament.  We will have weigh-ins on Thursday, May 16th from 6:30pm - 9:00pm. Tournament info is below:

California Judo Inc. State Judo Championships Results

1st Place
Maddy and Sarina – Nage No Kata
Maddy and Sarina – Katame No Kata

2nd Place

3rd Place

Open Mat Judo Workout

We will host a free Judo open mat session at Migoto Judo Dojo from 10am to 1pm on Saturday April 20th.

It is open to all judoka and we will have a lot of randori time and drill time. 

We will have light snacks and refreshments after the workout.

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Youth and Scholastics National Championships Results

3rd Place -- Anthony Fernando (Juvenile B)
3rd Place -- Anthony Fernando (Junior IJF)
5th Place -- Ashley Fernando (Juvenile B)

Taishi Judo Tournament Results

1st Place -- Anthony Fernando (3 Divisions)
2nd place -- Ashley Fernando, Sarina "Squirms" Kuninaga (2nd Division)
3rd place -- Madelyn "Meals" Mones, Sarina "Squirms" Kuninaga

So Cal Kata Tournament Results

1st Place -- Madelyn Mones and Sarina Kuninaga – Katame No Kata

2nd Place -- Madelyn Mones and Sarina Kuninaga – Nage No Kata

West Covina Judo Tournament Results

Congrats to those that competed today! Here are the results:
1st Place - Anthony Fernando, Ashley Fernando, Kyle Torres, Sarina ("Squirms")
2nd Place - Kevin, Sophia
3rd Place - Maddy ("Meals")

Classes resume tonight (1/2/2013)

Classes resume starting tonight at 7pm. Come get your throw on!

Senior Shiai Practice...Tomorrow!

Senior Shiai practice is tomorrow! It's free and open to all clubs. We start at 10am. Feel free to come a bit early if you'd like to warm up. Hope to see you there.

Senior Shiai Practice only three days away

The senior shiai practice is only 3 days away. Please "join" on the event page if you plan on coming. Also, please share this event with others who you think would like to come.

Police Judo Demonstration w/ Vancouver Police Department

Hello Judo Friends,

Come join us on Monday, October 1st to welcome the Vancouver Police Department Judo Club.

They will be showing our Migoto students, invited local law enforcement officers and guests how they use Judo in their line of work.

Don't forget to rsvp on facebook.

Senior Shiai Practice

To all senior judoka competitors,

If you're looking for some more randori sessions with other competitors, come to our randori sessions on Saturday, October 20th.

Please rsvp on facebook so we can get a headcount and so that you know who else is going.

Southwest Judo Open Results

1st Place - Anthony Fernando (3 Categories), Stuart Hansen
2nd Place - Ashley Fernando
MVP Award - Anthony Fernando

California State Games Judo Tournament Results

1st Place - Angie, Anthony F, Kevin, Krystle, Kyle, Maddy, Natalie, Sarina, Zavier
2nd Place - Callen, Samantha, Sophia
3rd Place - Anthony M
4th - Christian, Jeremy, Stuart

Migoto also received the Team Champions banner!

National President's Cup Results

IJF-Junior (60kg)

  • Anthony Fernando -- 3rd Place


  • Ashley Fernando -- 3rd Place

Tournament Results

Mojica Spring Tournament (March 13, 2011)
1st Place - Ashley, Maddie, Samantha
2nd Place - Zavier
3rd Place - Maddie, Sarina
Nanka Novice Tournament (March 6, 2011)
1st Place - Maddie
3rd Place - Sarina
Mojica Goodwill Tournament (January 16, 2011)
2nd Place - Maddie
3rd Place - Maddie
Hillcrest Judo Club Tournament
1st Place - Anthony, Ashley, Gabriel, Maddie, Sarina
2nd Place - Brandon, Sophia
3rd Place - Bennie
West Covina Invitational Tournament
1st Place - Anthony (2 divs), Ashley, Brandon, Gabriel, Maddie
4th Place - Sarina, Sophia

2010 Migoto Judo Championships Results

Migoto Judo Dojo Grand Opening and Open House

New Time: February 26th - 2pm to 4pm

Special guests include Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox and world champion kata competitor Greg Fernandez and Rick Hernandez.

We will also have Judo Shiai and Kata demonstrations.

Bring your gi and try out our "state of the art" facilities.

Migoto Grand Opening Flyer

Migoto Judo Dojo Clinic

Migoto Judo Dojo will host a clinic with 2 Time Olympians Valerie Gotay and Israel Hernandez(2 Time Bronze Medalist)!

March 19th, 2011 at the New Dojo.

More details to follow!

Migoto Judo on Fox TV Promotes Cal State Games

Migoto Judo Dojo performed a Judo Demonstration July 5th, 2010 at the Joan Kroc Community and Recreation center to promote the California State Games to be held July 8th-13th in San Diego.

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Seka Sports Judo Promo Video

This was a promo that Jake Flores produced with the help of Daniel Fasula and Sensei Tudor Lupan. Seka Sports and Addidas picked up the video. More great videos from J. Flores Productions to follow...

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For many, judo is a family thing


Ashley Fernando is an 11-year-old judo national champion who routinely takes down opponents in one fell swoop.

Unless, of course, that opponent is her 13-year-old brother.

“It's different with her,” said Anthony Fernando, a national champion himself. “I don't want to hurt her. I'm OK with hurting other people, but I get in trouble when I hurt her.”

The brother-sister tandem from Bonita is just one of the family ties at the 40th annual USJA Junior National Judo Championships this weekend at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego. Ashley Fernando took first place yesterday in her division and Anthony is scheduled to fight today. Anthony has a first-place title from the winter nationals in Ontario, Canada, and a second-place finish at last year's Junior Olympics. Ashley, who began judo when she was 3, has a trophy case that includes a gold medal from both those tournaments.

“Her brother was always there and as long as she didn't misbehave, she would join,” said Sara Fernando, Anthony and Ashley's mother. “Sometimes older kids would come in and say they didn't want to do it and people would tell them, 'If she can do it, you can.' ”

About half of the listed competitors who traveled to Southern California from all over the country have another fighter listed with the same surname next to them, exhibiting the sport's strong family link.

Few are stronger than those that support 12-year-old Julia De Mars, whose mother, AnnMaria, is a world champion and president of the U.S. Judo Association. Julia's older sister, Rhonda Rousey, brought home the lone U.S. Olympic medal in judo from Beijing last summer.

“It's good and it's bad,” said AnnMaria, who lives in Santa Monica. “You spend so much time together while you're out doing these things. I know so much more about my kids' lives. It was tough for Rhonda because her mom was the first world champion. But for Julia, her mom's a world champion and her sister is an Olympic bronze medalist. Julia says, 'Well, you guys always won.' And we tell her that's just how people remember it. We got thrown, too.”

With judo occupying so much of the Fernandos' schedule, Sara Fernando said it's valuable that the children learn more than just the technicalities of the sport.

“It's so neat,” she said. “They compete on the mat and when they're off, they're friends. We see the same people at every place. Afterward, the girl who took second is buying the girl who took first a souvenir.”

Ashley Fernando says she dreams of going to the Olympics, but the notion of someday outgrowing her brother – just for a small window of time – and taking him down makes her eyes glisten.

“Oh,” she said, “then I really want to continue.”

Joey Nowak is a Union-Tribune intern.

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