Began training: 1977
Danzan Ryu Jujitsu - Kudan
Small Circle Jujitsu - Shichidan
Kodokan Judo - Nidan
Hall of Fame Award:
2012 - 30 years
2019 - 40 years
Shoshin Ryu Yudanshakai - Hall of Fame, 2018
Website: Alameda Judo/Jujitsu Club
Professor Janice Okamoto, Hanshi is a senior student of the late Professor Wally Jay and holds the rank of Hachidan in Danzan Ryu Jujitsu, Shichidan in Small Circle Jujitsu, and Nidan in Kodokan Judo. She was awarded her Kaidensho (teaching license) in Danzan Ryu Jujitsu with the title of Hanshi. She received her Seifukujitsu (Japanese restoration therapy) training and certification in 1988 and is a Certified Massage Therapist. She received the Master of Massage certificate from Jujitsu America.
Okamoto is the chief instructor at the Alameda
Judo/Jujitsu Club in
Alameda, CA. and serves as the executive director of the Alameda HS
Jujitsu Alumni, Inc. In this capacity she coordinates planning, funding
and execution of several high profile programs. These include
sponsorship of several dojos, scholarships to National competitions,
and the running of Camp
Danzan Ryu. Professor Okamoto
also served as the past Certification Director, Administrative
Director, webmaster and quarterly newsletter editor of the Association of Women
Martial Arts Instructors (AWMAI).
Professor Okamoto along with Kyoshi Zosia Gorbaty founded the AWMAI's
Hall of Fame in 2012.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and a Masters of Business Administration/Technology Management.