Janice Okamoto

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Began training: 1977


Danzan Ryu Jujitsu - Kudan

 Small Circle Jujitsu - Shichidan

Kodokan Judo - Nidan

Hall of Fame Award:

2012 - 30 years

2019 - 40 years

Other Awards:

Shoshin Ryu Yudanshakai - Hall of Fame, 2018



Alameda, CA


Alameda Judo/Jujitsu Club

Website: Alameda Judo/Jujitsu Club


Janice OkamotoProfessor 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. 

Professor 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.

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