Atemi-waza in Judo

Atemi-waza in Judo Atemi is constructed of the words ate, which means strike or blow, and mi, which means body. Thus atemi-waza are techniques with wich you strike the body. They are commonly referred as strikes or blows to the body’s vital points, but does not necessarily have to be directed to them. Atemi-waza is […]

Judo Leglocks

General Observations The leglocks serve naturally to extort the opponent’s surrender, for once favourable contact has been acquired, their result is almost immediate. But it is often quite difficult to obtain this contact. That is why the essential role of the leglocks–as also that of the Dislocation Necklocks–consists above all in determining defensive reactions which […]

Original Kodokan Judo (Kano Jujitsu) Contest Rules

The Original Kodokan Judo Tournament Rules H. Irving Hancock and Katsukuma Higashi, The Complete Kano Jiu-Jitsu (Judo), (New York: Dover Publications, 1905) 1. Each contestant shall wear coat and belt. 2. A contestant shall be deemed to have been defeated when his two shoulders and hips shall have touched the floor, provided that said contestant […]

Assaulting the Turtle

  Assaulting the Turtle   Hypothesis An opponent tucked into a ball and resting on his knees and elbows is, perhaps, the most difficult Ground Play situation that there is to deal with. I call this the Turtle and any white belt can hold forth on the futility of attacking the Turtle. I know how […]

4 Signs That You’ve Joined a McDojo

Martial arts is a beautiful part of life. It will challenge you to become a stronger and more disciplined person in your pursuit of physical mastery. However, martial arts schools are susceptible to scammers and crooks just like every other practice out there. Martial arts scam schools and easy belt-mills known as “McDojos” are and unfortunate reality […]

Tournament Results

Tournament Results

Team Sempai competed at the Omaha Judo Club Invitational last Saturday and their hard work and intense training has really paid off! Congrats to Team Sempai! Thank you for your hard work and dedication, but most of all, thank you for being the better competitor and not cheating or fighting dirty! Logan Risser – Gold […]

9/20/14 Judo Tournament in Omaha, NE

Come check out some awesome Judo competition at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Omaha, NE on Saturday September 20, 2014. Competition starts at 10am, there will be concession stands open for snacks and food if needed. There will be several State and Regional Champions competing this weekend along with several of the USA Judo’s […]

Logan, Aleesha, and Samantha at the Jr Olympics

2014 Junior Olympics

We had three students compete in the 2014 Junior Olympics on June 28, 2014 and we are extremely proud of each one of them. Let me start by saying it takes a lot of courage to step on the mats with the top ranked judoka in the United States. Logan placed 9th, Aleesha placed 4th, […]

Help support Samantha & Logan get to the Junior Olympics

The students heading to Dallas, TX next week have worked very hard in class getting ready for the Jr Olympics and have worked even harder outside of class trying to raise enough money for their expenses. They need another $750 and would appreciate any help anyone will give, even $1 per person would make a […]


Our academy is excited to offer the Gracie Bullyproof program now at Sempai Judo Academy. Every month in the United States, three million children miss school due to fear of bullies. In the Gracie Bullyproof program, our goal is to instill in your child unshakable confidence so they can overcome bullies without violence.  Due to […]