Denise Gonzales

Preferred Title:


Began training: 1964


Judo - Godan

Dan Zan Ryu - Rokudan

 Small Circle Jujitsu - Rokudan

Krav Maga - 3rd level

Hall of Fame Award:

2012 - 40 years
2019 - 50 years

Other Awards:

Most Outstanding Female Judoka in 1968,1970

Island Judo & Jujitsu Hall of Fame - 1977

Golden Dragon Ohana, Independent Warriors Association and World Head of
Family Sokeship Council.



Alameda, CA



Denise GonzalesBiography:

I have been actively practicing martial arts since 1964. I started my training in Judo, Dan Zan Ryu Jujitsu and Small Circle Jujitsu under Professor Wally Jay and Professor Lee Eichelberger at Island Judo & Jujitsu Club in Alameda. I have competed in Judo tournaments both regionally and nationally earning several gold and silver medals and also competed in Sports Jujitsu in Reno, NV. In the mid-1990s, I became one of Team Sacramento’s National Judo instructors and coach for 17 years where I was the lead coach of over a dozen National Gold Medal competitors.

I was a "D" Level National USJI Coach for 8 years; taught at Camp Dan Zan Ryu for over 20 years; have been a guest instructor at Moncreff's Kenpo in Massachusetts for many years; and guest instructor at the Dan Zan Ryu conventions for Jujitsu America and AJJF as well as the Ohana Conventions.

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