Meet our Judokas

Every few weeks we recognize our exceptional Judokas throughout the semester!

Spring 2015:

Tyler Egami

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Year: Sophomore
Major: Aerospace engineering
Rank: Blue Belt
Hobbies: Cooking, working out, Netflix, jujitsu

Favourite throw:
Opposite side ippon seionage
Favourite pin:
Kesa-gatame
How long have you been doing judo:
Since I was 13.
Why did you join the Trojan Judo Club
I missed judo.
What do you like about judo the most:
I like the competitive nature and the combative aspect of judo. I’ve always felt most comfortable doing some kind of grappling sport and judo is just that.
What has judo taught you that you otherwise wouldn’t have learned:
Judo has taught me a greater body awareness than any other sport has been able to give me. It helps you to understand the flow and natural momentum of your body and your opponents, and how to use those forces to your advantage.
Why should other people start learning judo:
I think it’s a great way to get in shape and anyone can do it really. Also, as a lifestyle it does a great job of toughening someone up, which is useful for all aspects of life.

Alyssa Naritoku

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Year: Sophomore
Major: Biomedical engineering
Rank: Yellow
Hobbies: Working out, watching korean dramas, reading

Favourite throw:
Ippon seoi nage
Favourite pin:
Kesa-gatame
How long have you been doing judo:
I started two years ago at the beginning of freshman year but ended up injuring my low back at the gym—so I spent one out of those two years injured.
Why did you join the Trojan Judo Club
I wanted to connect to and to find my Japanese roots. I felt that judo was one of many good clubc to join in order to better understand Japanese culture.
What do you like about judo the most:
I like how judo teaches the individual to be disciplined. Your improvement is based on your will to improve and I appreciate that aspect
What has judo taught you that you otherwise wouldn’t have learned:
I originally thought martial arts is about strength. I am lighter than the other judokas here and I find that technique is important for small people like me to overcome this handicap of weight difference.
Why should other people start learning judo:
It is very fun! Plus you will have a good cardio workout and develop muscle groups that you would not usually. It teaches you discipline and you learn self defense.

Anthony Carbajal

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Year: Sophomore
Major: Biochemistry
Rank: White
Hobbies: Reading, cooking, skateboarding, exercising, and playing basketball.

Favourite throw:
Kosoto Gake
Favourite pin:
Kame Shiho Gatame
How long have you been doing judo:
Since the start of the school year so 8 months more or less.
Why did you join the Trojan Judo Club
When to their tailgate, talked to cool people, decided that I wanted to be a world class fighter like Ronda Rousey so I joined. My roommate being in it might have had some influence in me joining.
What do you like about judo the most:
I like improving in a sport that I knew nothing about when I joined. It’s humbling. And getting a proper throw or choke against a fighting opponent is so very satisfying.
What has judo taught you that you otherwise wouldn’t have learned:
Judo has taught me how to be safer and patient. I’ve always been reckless and full of haste when I do sports but not thinking and reacting to the situation in judo often results in being thrown on your back.
Why should other people start learning judo:
People should start learning judo because it’s a great way to work on your abdominal muscles. Also, judokas are pretty cool people. Throwing people is a plus too.

Sophie Pepin

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Year: Freshman
Major: Chemical Engineering
Rank: Green Belt
Hobbies: hiking, camping, reading, exploring LA

Favourite throw:
Ko uchi gari
Favourite pin:
Kesa Gatame
How long have you been doing judo:
I’ve been practicing judo for 3 years, I joined judo club because I love judo and it’s a great place to work on your skills without a lot of pressure.
What do you like about judo the most:
The best thing about judo for me is being part of sport that people from all over the world practice and connecting to a different culture’s traditions.
What has judo taught you that you otherwise wouldn’t have learned:
Judo has taught me that the biggest, strongest and most powerful people don’t always win; hard work, skillfulness, and intelligence are the best weapons.
Why should other people start learning judo:
Judo is global sport, you can go anywhere and practice it; it keeps you in shape and you learn self-defense; it helps reinforce respect and self-discipline

Tiara Kaye

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Year: Junior
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Rank: Shodan
Hobbies: Long walks on the beach, Netflix, band.

Favorite Throw:
Harai Goshi
Favorite Pin:
Kesa Gatame
How long have you been doing judo?
Around 16 years.
Why did you join the Trojan Judo Club?
It seemed like a fun way to stay in shape and keep up with judo at college.
What do you like about judo the most?
It’s very relaxing and if you use proper technique, takes little physical effort.
What has judo taught you that you otherwise wouldn’t have learned?
To make your opponent’s strength work for you.
Why should other people start learning judo?
It’s a lot of fun & good self defense.

Nick Webster

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Year: Freshman
Major: Undeclared, planning on business or accounting
Rank: Yellow belt

Favorite throw:
My favorite throw is O Goshi. O Goshi was the first throw I learned and being able to learn that throw in my first few weeks of practice is what got me hooked on Judo.
Favorite pin:
My favorite pin is Kesa Gatame. It is also the pin that I use the most.
How long have you been doing judo?
I have been doing Judo since the beginning of this school year.
Why did you join the Trojan Judo Club?
I joined the Trojan Judo Club because I thought it would be fun and because I have always been interested in learning some type of martial art.
What do you like about judo the most?
What I like about Judo is the idea of mutual benefit. I was involved in the Boy Scouts for years and a large part of the Scouting program is focused on improving yourself with the help of your fellow Scouts. Judo is the same way.
What has judo taught you that you otherwise wouldn’t have learned?
Judo is a part of Japanese culture and, therefore, I have been able to learn about Japanese culture through learning Judo.
Why should other people start learning judo?
There are many reasons to learn Judo. Some people learn Judo for self-defense or for exercise. The best reason to learn Judo is that you get to know a lot of great Judokas!