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TAYLOR TAKATA

  • FOUNDER & HEAD INSTRUCTOR HAWAII JUDO ACADEMY

  • 2008 OLYMPIAN

  • 3 X US SENIOR NATIONAL CHAMPION

  • 2 X PAN AM CHAMPION

  • 2 X WORLD TEAM CHAMPION

  • 3RD DAN JUDO

  • 12 YEARS COACHING & TEACHING EXPERIENCE ADULTS & CHILDREN

 

TEACHING/LIFE PHILOSOPHY:

“THERE MAY BE PEOPLE THAT HAVE MORE TALENT THAN YOU, BUT THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR ANYONE TO WORK HARDER THAN YOU DO.” – DEREK JETER

 

“ABILITY IS WHAT YOU’RE CAPABLE OF DOING. MOTIVATION DETERMINES WHAT YOU DO. ATTITUDE DETERMINES HOW WELL YOU DO IT.” – RAYMOND CHANDLER

 

 

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ARYN TANAKA

  • SANDAN

  • VARIOUS STATE, NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL AWARDS & CHAMPIONSHIPS THRU 1999

  • ASSISTANT COACH MILILANI HIGH SCHOOL 1995-1997

  • HEAD COACH MILILANI HIGH SCHOOL 1998-2006

  • INSTRUCTOR SHOBUKAN JUDO CLUB 1995-2006

  • INSTRUCTOR HAWAII JUDO ACADEMY 2010-PRESENT

 

LIFE TEACHING/PHILOSOPHY

“WHATEVER THE MIND OF MAN CAN CONCEIVE AND BELIEVE, IT CAN ACHIEVE”.

“STICK TO YOUR TASK ‘TILL IT STICKS TO YOU. BEGINNERS ARE MANY, BUT ENDERS ARE FEW.

HONOR, POWER, PLACE AND PRAISE, WILL ALWAYS COME TO THE ONE WHO STAYS”.

 

“STICK TO OUR TASK ‘TILL IT STICKS TO YOU . . . BEND AT IT, SWEAT AT IT, SMILE AT IT TOO,

FOR OUT OF THE BEND, THE SWEAT, AND THE SMILE, WILL COME LIFE’S VICTORIES AFTER A WHILE”.

 

 

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JON PAK

  • ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR HAWAII JUDO ACADEMY

  • 1993 US LADDER TOURNAMENT – SILVER

  • 1991 QUEBEC INVITATIONAL – SILVER

  • 1991 US COLLEGIATE NATIONALS – BRONZE

  • 1990 USJA JUNIOR NATIONALS - BRONZE

  • SHODAN JUDO

  • 15 YEARS TEACHING EXPERIENCE ADULTS AND CHILDREN

 

TEACHING/LIFE PHILOSOPHY:

“WE DON’T BELIEVE SOMETHING BY MERELY SAYING WE BELIEVE IT, OR EVEN WHEN WE BELIEVE THAT WE BELIEVE IT. WE BELIEVE SOMETHING WHEN WE ACT AS IF IT WERE TRUE.” – DALLAS WILLARD, RENOVATION OF THE HEART

 

 

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COREY JO TASHIMA

  • 2016 SENIOR NATIONALS – 1ST PLACE

  • 2014 SENIOR NATIONALS – 3RD PLACE

  • 2013 SENIORS NATIONALS – 1ST PLACE

  • SHODAN JUDO

  • 3 YEARS COACHING EXPERIENCE

  • CAREER – SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER

 

TEACHING/LIFE PHILOSOPHY:

“NEVER GIVE UP AND BE CONFIDENT IN WHAT YOU DO. THERE MAY BE TOUGH TIMES, BUT THE DIFFICULTIES WHICH YOU FACE WLL MAKE YOU MORE DETERMINED TO ACHIEVE YOUR OBJECTIVES AND TO WIN AGAINST ALL THE ODDS.”

 

 

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AKIKO REYES

  • ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR HAWAII JUDO ACADEMY

  • COMPETITOR NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL LEVELS IN TAEKWONDO

  • 5TH DAN TAEKWONDO

  • 25 YEARS COACHING & TEACHING EXPERIENCE – ADULTS AND CHILDREN

  • CPR/AED CERTIFIED

 

TEACHING/LIFE PHILOSOPHY:

“THINK POSITIVE; WORK HARD; NEVER GIVE-UP.”

 

 

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JEFFERY MCDOWELL

  • HEAD COACH LEILEHUA HIGH SCHOOL – ONE YEAR

  • ASSISTANT COACH LEILEHUA HIGH SCHOOL – 7 YEARS

  • COACH YOUTH WRESTLING – ONE SEASON

  • EMPLOYED BY THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU

 

TEACHING/LIFE PHILOSOPHY:

“IT’S NOT ABOUT HOW GOOD YOU ARE RIGHT NOW, BUT ALWAYS WORK HARD TO BETTER YOURSELF IN LIFE AND IN SPORTS

 

 

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MANNY REYES

  • ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR HAWAII JUDO ACADEMY

  • COMPETITOR NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL LEVELS IN TAEKWONDO

  • 2014 USJF JUDO SENIOR NATIONALS 55 KG - SILVER

  • 5TH DAN TAEKWONDO

  • OVER 20 YEARS COACHING & TEACHING EXPERIENCE – ADULTS AND CHILDREN

  • CPR/AED CERTIFIED

 

TEACHING/LIFE PHILOSOPHY:

“ALWAYS PUT 100% EFFORT IN WHATEVER YOU DECIDE TO DO.”

 

 

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CHRIS NITTA

  • INSTRUCTOR: BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU

  • BROWN BELT BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU

  • TRAIN IN JUDO AT HJA

  • PARAMEDIC

 

TEACHING/LIFE PHILOSOPHY

“I’VE FAILED OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN MY LIFE AND THAT IS WHY I SUCCEED” – MICHAEL JORDAN

 

 

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JOEL COURTENAY

  • ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR:  BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU

  • PURPLE BELT BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU

  • TRAIN IN JUDO AT HJA

  • MUSIC INSTRUCTOR

 

TEACHING/LIFE PHILOSOPHY:

“JIU JITSU CULTIVATES PATIENCE, RESILIENCE, AND THE CAPACITY TO OVERCOME ADVERSITY.  I’M TRULY HAPPY TO GET TO SHARE THIS ART AND ITS BENEFITS WITH ANYONE WILLING TO LEARN”

 

 

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VERNA MURAOKA

  • INSTRUCTOR: TAICHI, THE PATH TO TOTAL WELL-BEING

  • 35 YRS WORK EXPERIENCE IN REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT & CONSTRUCTION

  • 3RD DAN KARATE

  • 11 YEARS TAICHI PRACTITIONER / 4 YEARS CLASS LEADER

 

TEACHING/LIFE PHILOSOPHY:

“THE JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES BEGINS WITH A SINGLE STEP.” – LAO TZU

 

“DON’T GET SET INTO ONE FORM, ADAPT IT AND BUILD YOUR OWN, AND LET IT GROW, BE

LIKE WATER.” – BRUCE LEE

 

“OSU – EVERY NEGATIVE SITUATION IS A STEPPING STONE TO A POSITIVE SOLUTION.” - SOKE KIYOHISA HIRANO