Hanabi Judo

A part of Berkeley and Albany community for over 45 years, Hanabi Judo offers classes for children, women and men of all ages. www.hanabijudo.com

Judo, meaning “The Gentle Way,” is a very effective means of self-defense while being a safe, non-violent way of controlling an opponent. Judo emphasizes throwing techniques and ground-work but also features chokes and arm-locks. Judo is an Olympic event and the world’s second most popular sport (behind soccer). Hanabi means "Fireworks" in Japanese and its energy, brightness and excitement truly express the spirit of our judo. For almost half a century we have been a part of the Albany and Berkeley community developing not just champions but good people of strength and character. Our goal is to become a healthy and fun part of your life. We have produced over a hundred state, national, and international champions, but most of our members don’t actually compete but simply enjoy working out and learning in our friendly atmosphere. From beginning classes to family judo, women’s judo to kata, we have classes of various levels for children and adults alike. You can join us at any time. Regular promotional exams will have you going from white belt to yellow and, hopefully, all the way to black. Friends and family are always welcome to watch. We also offer Judo & Japanese Culture Summer Camp, which is an adventure in physical and cultural education for children from 5 to 14. Please see our website for more information!

Mission: To Develop Good Judo Players and Great People

Congratulations to our competitors at the 2019 California State Championsips in Sacramento!

A few wonderful pictures of some of our cute Chibi and Hajime kids!

Congratulations to Ivan Mumm for his second place medal at the Golden State Open in Covina!

Congratulations to all of our recently promoted students here at Hanabi! We are all very proud of you. Keep up the hard work!

Great workout with the Senseis at Hanabi Judo

Sensei Adham with Ismael at the CCSF tournament last weekend. Congratulations to Ismael Bendaoud for his medal!

Team Hanabi at the City College of San Francisco tournament last weekend!

Team picture after last Friday’s In class Shiai

Train races with the Hajime class

Sascha and Jacob and their first and third place medals at the youth nationals!

Joshua Ambrosio and his amazing ippon at the Clovis Judo Tournament

Congratulations to our Hanabi March 2019 promotions

Congratulations to all of our competitors for their wonderful performance at the 2019 Clovis Invitational Judo Tournament!

Team Hanabi enjoyed a nice dinner the night before the Clovis Invitational Judo tournament

Relay race exercises by Fresno Judo Club. We thank Fresno Judo for having us.

First day at Hanabi Jima “Hanabi Island” in Alameda

Some more fun pictures of Team Hanabi at the Vacaville workout!

Special Hanabi sit-ups USA JudoIJF - International Judo Federation

Celebrating Ismael’s birthday.
Happy birthday Ismael!

We enjoyed the workout with Makimoto Judo of Vacaville, Concord Judo, East Bay Judo, Okami of Sacramento, and Okubo judo club.

Great night at our in class shiai!

Circuit training for team Hanabi

Great in class Shiai. We had a lot of fun.

Sasha Leivano, one of Hanabi’s gold medalists.

Samira and Calvin, two of Hanabi’s first place medalists.

22 Hanabi competitors fought in San Jose today and we ended up with 6 firsts, 6 seconds and 4 thirds. Congratulations to all!

Judo and Fun go hand in hand at Hanabi
Great Practice!

Ukemi falls was with Sensei Stephen

Great workout with Hanabi Black Belts

Sensei Cody teaching the class Osotogari

One of Ivan Sensei's two wins at the Master's World Championships in Mexico earlier this week. He earned 5th place!

Boom! That's an ippon for Sensei Ivan en route to a 5th place finish at the Masters World Championships. Sensei Ivan beat Great Britain in the first round and Romania in the second before falling in the quarterfinals. Excellent work! Congrats Sensei Ivan and Hanabi Judo! #judo #JudoOver40 #ippon

Throwing drills with Stephan Sensei.

These are 2 of our over 125 promotions this month. Congratulations to Josh Alexander and Antoine Cotte!

[09/14/18]   Hanabi Judo Welcomes you to the 2018 Hanabi Judo Classic to be held at Albany High School on October 28, 2018. And we are proud to announce that this year's Tournament Director will be former USA Judo COO Corrine Shigemoto.

Summer camp at Hanabi Judo.

Hanabi Judo in Petaluma at the North Bay Developmental Tournament


Hanabi Judo – Pre-Judo through Advanced Judo, Beginning Family Judo, Women’s Judo, Kata

Hanabi Judo, in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, is looking for an international judo player who would like to live, do judo and volunteer with us here in America.

Le club de Judo Hanabi, situé en Californie du nord, dans la Bay Area, cherche des judokas internationaux qui aimeraient venir vivre, faire du judo et du volontariat avec nous aux Etats-Unis.

アメリカ カリフォルニア州、サンフランシスコにある花火柔道のダン・オーガスティンと申します。


Hanabi Judo, en el Área de la Bahía de San Francisco de California, está buscando un jugador internacional de judo al que le gustaría vivir, hacer judo y ser voluntario aquí en Estados Unidos.

Ханаби дзюдо в Калифорнийском заливе Сан-Франциско ищет международного дзюдоиста, который хотел бы жить, заниматься дзюдо и добровольно сотрудничать с нами здесь, в Америке.

Hanabi Judo, na área da baía de São Francisco, Califórnia, está procurando um judoca internacional que gostaria de viver, fazer judô e ser voluntário conosco aqui na América.



Sascha Lievano in Boston at the dojo of the Olympic Coach and World Champion, Jimmy Pedro.

Shout out to our good friend Sascha who came out from California to spend his Summer Vacation with us to train! He packed his bags to stay with his grandparents out in Newburyport. We love his dedication and work ethic 💪🏻

This week is origami week at #HanabiSummerCamp, and the kids are getting a kick out of making origami hats for Oscar. Not sure Oscar likes it too much, but the kids are incredibly amused for sure. #HanabiDog

Hanabi celebrated the black belt promotion of Jonathan Cotte' who received his shodan. As well as Cody Costello and Vitaliy Osmolovsky who both received their second degree black belt. Congratulations to all!

Hanabi celebrated the promotion of 3 black belts and 17 other people ranging in age from 5 year old Alistair to 37 year old Vitaliy. Congratulations to all!

Hanabi's great day at the Sr. Nationals!
Jonathan Cotte, Vitaliy Osmolovsky, Dan Augustine, Larry McWalters and Ivan Mumm Sr. Larry and Jonathan placed second while Ivan was the National Champion for the second year in a row! (Vitaliy took fourth (and an early plane home, which is the reason we missed him for the second picture.)

Here is the official entry form for the 15th Annual Prof. Jay Aloha Invitational Judo tournament at Alameda High School

Team Hanabi playing Dodgeball with Stanford Judo Club!

Throwing drills with Stanford Judo Club

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Sensei Cody teaching the class Osotogari




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