20 episodes

A Judo podcast sharing stories from the mat & beyond.

Judocast A Judo Podcast with Chuck Jefferson

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    • 5.0 • 26 Ratings

A Judo podcast sharing stories from the mat & beyond.

    Abe Vs. Maruyama

    Abe Vs. Maruyama

    Joshiro Maruyama and Hifumi Abe faced each other in a winner take all match that would determine the 2021 Olympian for the men's 66kg division.   The Epic Battle took place in the main floor of the Kodokan in Tokyo Japan in front of a small crowd of coaches & media. 
     The Grand prize was a ticket represent Team Japan in 32nd Olympiad, to be held in Tokyo, next summer in 2021.  For the first time since 1964, Judo will return to its Olympic Birththplace the Nippon Budokan, and this weekend Hifumi Abe who the Japan times is calling the Marathon man,  sealed his spot on the most coveted Olympic teams on the planet. d today on Judocast we will discuss the Abe Maruyama super fight, and everything surrounding it!

    • 24 min
    The Olympic Run 2021 - The race to Tokyo!

    The Olympic Run 2021 - The race to Tokyo!

    This Judo podcast is all about the Olympic run.  Committing yourself to a lifetime of training that is capped off with a 4 year or an 8 year hyper focused Olympic run is an honorable endeavor and something you will never regret.   Today we will discuss The Olympic points races around the world with some detailed reviews of the European  and Pan American Championship events.  Who has the best chance of getting a medal next summer in Tokyo and   what can we do to get more medals in the future?
    IJF Rankings- Race to TokyoEuropean ChampionshipPan American ChampionshipJoshiro Maruyama vs  Hifumi Abe Crista Deguchi   vs. Jessica KlimkaitJudo Development in the United States

    Be seeded or not to be seeded? A Study with Olympic Judo athletes.


    • 40 min
    Ed Cerna - 1980 Olympian - Founder & CEO Cerna Group

    Ed Cerna - 1980 Olympian - Founder & CEO Cerna Group

    A Judo Podcast about Ed Cerna who is  a former National Team member who represented his Native country of Mexico at competitions around the world.   Highlights of his competitive careers include medals at Pan American Championships, US Open and a silver medal at the 1983 British Open where he faced  World Judo Champion Neil Adams in Final.   At the conclusion of of his competitive Judo Career  1984,  he traded his Judo Gi for a suit & tie   and his career took  upward trajectory  that led him to become one of highest grossing agents for Marcus Millichap,  which is  the #1 commercial real estate investment sales brokerage in North America  He has   executed over $900M in real estate transactions, equating to  almost 9000  multifamily units.
    Today we explore one man's passion to constantly become better in life.   He is the founder  and CEO   the Cerna Group  which is  is a full service real estate investment firm, that represents owners and investors with the sale, acquisition and management of commercial real estate properties. 

    • 55 min
    Chuck Jefferson - Host of Judocast & Owner of CJ Judo in San Jose, CA

    Chuck Jefferson - Host of Judocast & Owner of CJ Judo in San Jose, CA

    Our  Judo Podcast this week is a monologue episode where I'll discuss  some of the hot topics and current affairs in today’s judo world.  Lets talk about long term success of Judo players, even after their competition days!

    Hot Topics Include…...
        The current status of Covid and a possible Vaccine
        The Qualification process and the IJF Tour 
          American Judo Development Model -  USA Judo, USJF,  USJA
        Judo Fanatics with Travis Stevens
        JFO Online Training  with Justin Flores
         American Judo Systems  with Jimmy Pedro & Travis Stevens
    Discussions of the role that will be played by professional Judo clubs  in order to grow Judo in the United States.  They will play a vital role if we want to see growth.  The current model of non-profit judo has been maxed out for the last 30 years.  Hope you enjoy the episode!


    • 35 min
    Jason Rivera - Entrepreneur - CEO of Phenix Salon Suites

    Jason Rivera - Entrepreneur - CEO of Phenix Salon Suites

    A Judo Podcast with  Jason Rivera who is  the Chief Executive Officer of Phenix Salon Suites Franchising LLC and a former  member of the USA Judo  Board of Directors.   He is  a lifelong Judo player that has had entrepreneurial ambition since his childhood.   He was a  resident athlete at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Spring while attending the University of Colorado.    Jason co-founded Phenix Salon Suites Franchising in 1997 with his wife, and the founder of the company, Gina Rivera. 

    Under Jasons leadership,  with Gina's vision,  Phenix has become a Nationally recognized brand and one of the fastest growing franchises in the the Salon industry.    Jason also serves as the  CEO of COLOURS By Gina, an exclusive hair color line that will be distributed by industry leader CosmoProf in 2020.   


    • 1 hr 14 min
    Toshihiko Yamada - Judo In Japan! Ryotokuji Judo Sensei & Sports Director for Tokyo Olympic Team Organizing Committee

    Toshihiko Yamada - Judo In Japan! Ryotokuji Judo Sensei & Sports Director for Tokyo Olympic Team Organizing Committee

    Judo cast  guest  Toshihiko Yamada who is most recently been selected as the Sport Manager for the  Judo program at the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo.  His selection comes from a lifetime of Multifaceted experiences in the world of Judo.  He was a National Judo Champion in High School  & college levels.  He studied at both Tokai Sagami High School and Tokai Univeristy.   He also has 2 medals at the Japanese National Championships!   

    Upon his retirement from competition he was sent to Turkey where he coached the National Team for 1 year.  He was able to coach some very high level Judoka including 4 time world Medalist Selim Tataroglu  and 2000 Olympic Champion Huseyin Ozkan.

    Following his time in Turkey,  he was hired to coach the famed San Jose State University Judo Team in California. He spent 3 years in the United states including 1 year in Tampa Florida.

    Upon his return to Japan after several years abroad he soon found himself working directly for his former Sense and Olympic Champion Yasuhiro Yamashita who was the Director of Education for the International Judo Federation at that time.     He later went on to become the head coach and professor at Rutogakuen where he has coached many champions including 2021 Japanse Olympic team member  Arrron Wolf who will represent Japan next summer in under 100 kilogram division.


    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

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26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Kay-Kay-Kel ,

A Must-Listen!

An insightful podcast that eloquently verbalizes the benefits of Judo to your life. And reveals the challenges that the Judo community are facing. As well as the exciting opportunities to use modern methodologies to improve your coaching, teaching and practicing of the incredible sport of Judo.

I recommend this to any practitioner and those thinking about starting Judo for themselves or their kids!

Ruffdog113 ,

Great podcast!!

This is such a great podcast!! It is entertaining and informative! I highly recommend it!!

Riley McIlwain ,

Awesome insight

A really great podcast especially if you’re a dojo business owner or just a regular judo fan! 10/10

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