Sandia Judo

Sandia  Judo


Our hearts are with the family of Jesse Ballou and all of his students at Sandia Judo.
The 20th Annual Denver Classic Judo Championship is less than 3 weeks away! We hope that everyone can make it to this great event. We will be offering divisions for novice and advanced juniors, seniors, and masters/veterans as well as kata. There will be a cash prize and championship belts for the winners of the men's and women's open divisions!

On-line registration is available at

The complete entry packet can be found at

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or would like to help volunteer for this event - [email protected] or 303-591-9563

We look forward to seeing you soon!
Online registrations for the 2021 Colorado State Judo Championships are open!
Register at
Everything is coming together for a great event on 10/16/21!
Open division winners will receive a $200 cash prize.
No junior walk-in registrations this year!
I am moving to Albuquerque and study judo, Nihon Jujutsu, Goju Ryu karate and would like to join your dojo. I am older guy, so not as flexible as I used to be but want to continue study. I really like what you folks are doing. How much is your fee please? Thanks
Garrison Wells
Hey All! Greetings from Boston! Just wanted to send you all well wishes since I will not be coming home this summer due to the pandemic. Take care and hope to see you all when things get back to normal. Stay healthy, be safe, and keep busy!
I am trying to reach Darlene Anaya. She was a world bronze medalist in 1983 from Albuquerque. She was a police officer also. Do you know how I might reach he? If you have contact info, would you please text it to me at 404-808-7108. Thanks
Training camp with Carlos Honorato.
Olympic silver medalist;
World bronze medalist;
7 time gold medalist Panamerican championships;
Junior world bronze;
Honorato is known for throwing Hidehiko Yoshida for an ippon with an uchi-mata that ended up dislocating the elbow of the Japanese judoka.
Save the date as you can't miss it!
2020 Colorado State Judo Championships - 4/18
Camp with Carlos Honorato - 4/19 and 4/20.

sandiajudo.50 Sandia Judo Club was established in September of 1972, by Sensei Jesse Ballou. Sensei Rob Debuck 4th degree black belt (Yodan).

Sensei Ballou began Judo January of 1955 in Sacramento California, he is 6th degree black belt (Rokudan). Sensei Howard Higgins, 6th degree black belt (Rokudan), is the current owner of the club; and the Primary Sensei of the Tuesday and Thursday classes. He is also President of New Mexico Judo Inc., the governing body of sport Judo in New Mexico. Howard sensei began studying Judo in Yonkers, New

Operating as usual

Aikido vs Judo - Real Sparring 08/08/2023

This is interesting. They both get each other, but note that Rokas is an Aikido black belt and Chadi is a Judo brown belt. (They both do informative martial arts videos.)

Aikido vs Judo - Real Sparring Aikido black belt with combat sports training decided to test his skills against a Judo practitioner in a sparring match.---Check out the full version of the...



Every AIKIDO, AIKIJUJUTSU, and JUDO Technique from the JOHN WICK Saga (Part One) #johnwick 07/20/2023

"In part one of this series, I’m going to be breaking down the Aikido, Daito Ryu Aikijujustu, and Judo techniques found in the first three John Wick films (there’s even some Ninjutsu and BJJ techniques sprinkled in)."

Every AIKIDO, AIKIJUJUTSU, and JUDO Technique from the JOHN WICK Saga (Part One) #johnwick In part one of this series, I’m going to be breaking down the Aikido, Daito Ryu Aikijujustu, and Judo techniques found in the first three John Wick films (th...

Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan Inspired Pom Klementieff's Mission: Impossible Performance 07/16/2023

[Mark Fraser] The new Mission Impossible film is a fantastic action/adventure. Starts with a Russian submarine incident, and proceeds with a global threat of a rogue AI algorithm called the "Entity". (This is a real growing concern.) Tom Cruise does all his own fantastic stunts, of course, and Hayley Atwell (agent Peggy Carter in Captain America) shows up as a new character. Pom Klementieff also shows up, coming from a charming alien (Mantis, in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies) to a ruthless killer here. She is trained in boxing and Tae Kwan Do.

Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan Inspired Pom Klementieff's Mission: Impossible Performance Klementieff also found inspiration in Quentin Tarantino’s work.

Wabi-Sabi 06/24/2023

Beautiful animation honoring Japanese aesthetics, with music from "Princess Mononoke". [Mark Fraser]

Wabi-Sabi A handful of memories from traditional Japan


For his 3rd Dan test, Bert Parnall demonstrated Goshin Jutsu with Robbie DeBuck. (A historic event, being that Robbie served as uke!)


For his 3rd Dan test, Bert demonstrated techniques with Mark Fraser.


For is 3rd Dan test, Bert did a demo match with Robbie.

Photos from Sandia  Judo's post 06/22/2023

Our last promotion test day was April 15. There were 6 kids and 1 adult testing.

Photos from Sandia  Judo's post 06/20/2023

We had two special guests on June 6th. 1st photo, 2nd from L: Dr. Lancelot Kao, Chair of the Astronomy Dept., City College of San Francisco. He is 3rd Dan and is from Garett's old Judo school. 5th from L: Dominque Santistevan, back in town for a while from Boston.

Photos from Sandia  Judo's post 06/08/2023

[Mark Fraser]
On June 1st, we had a special night as Officer Robbie DeBuck taught class.


Sandia Judo Club is in mourning. Our founder and sensei, Jesse Ballou, passed away yesterday. He taught many of us, was much loved, and will be missed.


Sandia Judo Club will be closed December 24, 2021 through January 2, 2022. Workouts will resume on January 4, 2022. Enjoy the holidays with your family and friends! 🥋


Sandia Judo Club will be closed on Thursday, November 25th. and Saturday, November 27th, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Classes resume November 30th. Have a great holiday!


Friends and fellow Judoka, please note that we now are offering a Judo for Juniors class. This is being taught on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:45-5:00. Come and see our spirited youth in action! Masks mandatory.


The Board


The candidates.


Sandia Judo had a very successful belt testing event yesterday. Six students tested, and all were promoted. These included: Silas Goff to Rokkyu, Matthew Goff to Rokkyu, Viktor Parnall to Yonkyu, Joel Poore to Yonkyu, Malia Irvine to Nikki, and Annika Irvine to Ikkyu. Congratulations to all of these very fine students!


Our current hours have changed (increased!):

Tuesday and Thursday
Juniors: 4-5:15 PM
Seniors (all welcome): 7-8:30 PM

Saturday (Open Mat):
Saturday: 11 AM-1:00 PM


Open Mat restarted! Beginning Saturday, September 28; 11:00-1:00 the club will be open Saturdays mid-day for your sel-designed workouts, to meet other members, or to just play Judo. Come and join us for some good Judo!


For the next couple weeks the Judo for Juniors class will be taught by Bert Parnall sensei. Thanks to all who are coming! This is a fun class!


Judo for Juniors class starting 7/29! Sandia Judo is pleased to announce resumption of the Judo for Juniors program. This program is for the young: 5-16 years in age, although adult family members are welcome to participate as well. Initially, classes will be Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, 4-5:15 PM and will be taught by Sensei Sean DeBuck, assisted by Sensei Howard.


In line with the CDC and NM DOH guidelines, Sandia Judo is adopting the following mask guidelines:
1) unvaccinated individuals must wear masks at all times;
2) fully vaccinated individuals (2 weeks following second shot, or single J&J shot) are encouraged to wear masks in the presence of unvaccinated individuals;
3) fully vaccinated individuals have the option of not wearing masks while working out and/or visiting the premises.

Thanks to all for being honest about their vaccination status, and following our health driven mandate.


Please note: starting May 20th our hours of operation will return to 7:00-8:30 PM, Tuesday and Thursday nights. Contact Sensei Howard if you have questions.


CDC has authorized fully vaccinated individuals to NOT wear masks indoors and to be closer than social distancing allows! This will permit good Judo workouts at the club! Get your vaccination and join us for Judo practice!


Tomorrow, Thursday May 6, is Tokui-waza day! Come and hone your favorite throw on the crash pad, and work on kata-gatame with us.


Sandia Judo Club is open! Currently, workouts are Tuesday and Thursday 6-7. This may have to move to 7-8:30 in the near future. Watch this site for updates. $50 per month (no contracts). Come and join us! Good workouts, good spirit and good fellowship with other judoka.

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