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The Embassy Judo Club is dedicated to providing a family oriented environment where members of the international community in Tokyo can discover unique aspects of Japanese culture, enjoy staying fit, and learn practical self-defense skills.

Judo and Nihon Jujutsu classes feature healthy and enjoyable exercise, practical self-defense, and focus on the founding principles of traditional Japanese martial arts; integrity, dedication, and mutual respect.

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Judo is both a martial art and an Olympic sport that focuses on throwing and grappling techniques. Practice comprises both kata (pre-arranged forms) and randori (sparring). The freedom of randori allows for great flexibility of movement when applying the full range of techniques that include throwing, pins, joint locks, and chokes. There is no better martial arts for developing overall strength and balance.

Nihon Jujutsu is a modern Japanese martial art that focuses on practical, efficient techniques as originally found in both ancient and contemporary martial arts. Its principles and techniques derive from Japanese unarmed combat and self-defense techniques from pre-1945 judo and aikibujutsu, as well as taihojutsu (Japanese police immobilization and arresting methods).

The core curriculum of Nihon Jujutsu incorporates the practical, decisive throwing, choking, and immobilization methods of judo; the entering and striking of aikibujutsu; the restraining techniques of taihojutsu, and taisabaki (evasive movement) - a fundamental aspect of practical open hand, and armed self-defense techniques.

More information about Nihon Jujutsu: www.nihonjujutsu.com

 精力膳用自他共栄 (seiryoku zenyo jitakyôei)

This phrase, first coined by Jigoro Kano, the founder of Kodokan judo, refers both to applications of the physical art during training, and to the larger philosophical concept of utilizing budo as a catalyst for personal growth.


Senior Instructor (Shihan), US Embassy Judo Club 

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Natori Hiroto Sensei

Judo 6 Dan

Aoyama University Graduate, Business School

President, Justice Trading Company LTD

President, XLsoft K. K.

1973 - 1977: Judo Coach in U.S.A. New York City, NY, and              Northglenn, CO

1969: All Japan Business Tournament 2nd place

1968: All Japan Mission University Judo Tournament 1st place

1964: Tokyo High School Judo 1st place (middleweight)

1962: Meguro City Judo Champion


Director, US Embassy Judo Club

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Lance Gatling Sensei

Nihon Jūjutsu Renshi 4 dan

Kōdōkan Jūdō 4 dan

Shintō Musō ryū jōdō 3 dan

Hapkidō 1 dan 

Advisor, International Division, International Martial Arts Federation (IMAF) 

Member, Jūdō Division, Japanese Academy of Martial Arts

Aerospace and Defense consultant

Member, Space Utilization Promotion Committee, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).  

Lieutenant Colonel, US Army Reserve (Retired) 

Former US State Department Foreign Service Officer

Martial arts resume includes extended studies in the US, Korea, and Japan, 1973 to date.  

Member, US Embassy Jūdō Club 1990 - today

Member, International Martial Arts Federation 1991- today

Publications include: 

The First Kodokan Jūdō International Competion and Its Katas.  Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Vol. 17 No. 1, Jan 2008.  

Jūdō History through 1946 and the Occupation, Jūkendō (rifle bayonet fighting), and Jūjutsu chapters in Svinth, Joseph and Green, Thomas, eds.  Martial Arts of the World: An Encyclopedia of History and Innovation. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2010. 

Awards / License:

Jūdō instructor license, All Japan Jūdō Federation

Kōdōkan Jūdō Kime no Kata certification


Embassy Judo Club History

Instructor, US Embassy Judo Club - on Sabbatical 

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John B. Gage Sensei

Senior Instructor (Shihan) Nihon Jujutsu 

Nihon Jujutsu Kyoshi 7 Dan

Kōdōkan Jūdō 3 Dan

Member, U.S. Embassy Judo Club, Tokyo, Japan since 1986

2011 - 2015: Program Director / Instructor, U.S. Embassy Judo Club, Tokyo, Japan

Member, Kokusai Budoin, IMAF (International Martial Arts Federation) Headquarters Japan since 1987

2011 - present: Member, Board of Directors, Kokusai Budoin, IMAF (International Martial Arts Federation) Headquarters Japan

2011 – present: Member, All Japan Judo Federation

2007 - present: Advisor Japanese Martial Arts Center, Ann Arbor, MI USA

1986 – 1992: Member, Yoshinkan Hombu Dojo, Tokyo, Japan 

1978 – 1986: Member, Asian Martial Arts Studio, Ann Arbor, MI, USA 

Awards / License:

Jūdō instructor license, All Japan Jūdō Federation

Jūdō Referee license, All Japan Jūdō Federation

1999:  Kokusai Budoin, IMAF International Kata Contest 1st place

1989:  Budo Korosho (award for contributions to the martial arts)

Publications:

1987 - present: Gendo newsletter www.imaf.com/gendo.html - Editor

1998: Nihon Jujutsu Manual - Contributor 

2005 - present: www.imaf.com - Editor

2007 - present: www.usejc.com - Editor

2008 - present: www.nihonjujutsu.com - Editor


US Embassy Judo Club Founder

Sato Shizuya Sensei

(1929 - 2011) 

Founder Embassy Judo Club

Nihon Jujutsu Hanshi 10 Dan

Judo Hanshi 9 Dan

Sato Shizuya, born 1929 in Tokyo, Japan, began his lifetime study of traditional Japanese martial arts during middle school at age 12. Sato’s father learned judo while in the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War I, and was a senior judo instructor for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police. His father’s personal friends and judo compatriots included many preeminent pre-WWII Kodokan instructors, all of whom lent their personal guidance and lifelong support to Sato-sensei. Upon graduation from Meiji Gakuin University in 1948, he joined the International Section at the Kodokan.

1952 - 1956 the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command (SAC) established a program to send groups of airmen to the Kodokan to study judo, karatedo, aikido, and police techniques. This program was expanded through 1956, and by its end hundreds of U.S. Air Force martial arts instructors had trained under Sato-sensei, who instructed both aikido (under head aikido instructor Dr. Tomiki Kenji) and taihojutsu techniques (under taihojutsu head instructor and senior Tokyo Metropolitan Police taihojutsu / judo instructor Hosokawa Kusuo). Other notable instructors included such karatedo legends such as Funakoshi Gichin, Nakayama Masatoshi, Obata lsao, and Nishiyama Hidetaka.

In the early 1950’s, Sato-sensei began teaching judo and self-defense at U.S. military facilities around Tokyo. In 1957, Sato-sensei founded the U.S. Embassy Judo Club where he continued to develop and refine the techniques that ultimately evolved into Nihon Jujutsu.

• Teacher at St. Mary’s International and American Schools Tokyo, Japan

• Shihan Meiji Gakuin University Judo Club 

• Chief Director National Judo Advancement Association 

• Director Minato-ku Judo Association

• Embassy Judo Club Shihan, 1957 - 2011

• Chief Director Kokusai Budoin, IMAF, 1982 - 2011

Sato Shizuya Sensei, Embassy Judo Club Founder, will be fondly  remembered by generations of men, women and children for his lifelong dedication to the promotion of Japanese traditional martial arts worldwide.


Former Advisors







Mifune Kyuzo Sensei (1883 - 1965)

Co-founder, Kokusai Budoin, IMAF

Kodokan Institute of Judo 10th Dan

Kokusai Budoin, IMAF Meijin Judo 10th Dan






Ito Kazuo Sensei (1889 - 1974)

Founder Kokusai Budoin, IMAF 

Kodokan Institute of Judo 8th Dan

Kokusai Budoin, IMAF Meijin Judo 10th Dan


Since 1957, U.S. Ambassadors to Japan have lent their support as Honorary Presidents of USEJC

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           US Ambassador to Japan, Caroline B. Kennedy (2013 - present)

Past & Present Embassy Judo Club Honorary Presidents include:

US Ambassador to Japan, John V. Roos (2009 - 2013) 

Deputy Chief of Mission, Joseph R. Donovan (2005 - 2008) 

US Ambassador to Japan, Howard H. Baker Jr. (2001 - 2005)

US Ambassador to Japan, Thomas S. Foley (1998 - 2001)

US Ambassador to Japan, Walter Mondale (1993 - 1996)

US Ambassador to Japan, Michael Armacost (1989 - 1993)

US Ambassador to Japan, Mike Mansfield (1977 - 1988)

US Ambassador to Japan, Robert Ingersoll (1972 - 1973)

US Ambassador to Japan, Armin H. Meyer (1969 - 1972)

US Ambassador to Japan, Edwin Reischauer (1962 - 1966)

US Ambassador to Japan, Douglas MacArthur Jr. (1957 - 1961)


New Members Always Welcome - Contact Us Today: gatling@usejc.com