Janice Okamoto,

Professor Janice Okamoto


Professor Janice Okamoto, Hanshi is a senior student of the late Professor Wally Jay and holds the rank of Kudan 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 and the Alameda Small Circle 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 Hanshi 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.

Her dojo address:

Alameda Judo/Jujitsu Club,
Alameda Small Circle Jujitsu, &
Alameda HS Jujitsu Club
c/o Professor Janice Okamoto
P.O. Box 1314
Alameda, CA  94501

Other Photos

Professor Janice Okamoto at the 1993 Okugi class in Campbell, CA.

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Professor Janice Okamoto at the 85th birthday celebration for Prof. Sig Kufferath in Campbell, CA.

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Professor Janice Okamoto (center) teaching Seifukujutsu (restoration massage) at the 1998 Jujitsu America convention in Washington, DC.

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Professor Janice Okamoto executes a skillful Seoi Goshi on a much larger opponent.

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Professor Janice Okamoto (here with Prof. Lee Eichelberger) with her ever-present camera. This photo was taken at the 80th birthday celebration for Prof. Wally Jay in Waikiki.

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