Keith began his judo training as a young lad in Liverpool,England. His diverse experience as a teacher and competitor provides El Toro students with high quality instruction. Keith is adynamic teacher with a fun and creative style that is a big hit with kids as well as adults.
Keith is USJF Master Gold Coach certified and his recent competitive successes include:
U.S. Senior Nationals 2009 - Masters: 1st Place
U.S. Open 2009 - Masters: 1st Place (Open Weight Division)
U.S. Senior Nationals 2014 - Masters: 1st Place
Keith is the current President of Nanka Judo Yudanshakai (Southern California Black Belt Association) a position he has held two times before, and is the former 2nd Vice President of the United States Judo Federation. He is an active participant and is a life member in both of these organizations.
Peter, unlike our other Instructors, is a home grown success. Studying under Sensei Kajita, Peter has grown from a beginner to a solid, skilled Black Belt, with an undeniable skill for Ashi-Waza.
Mike initially tried out Judo in 1966 while as a serving Marine in Okinawa, Japan. He trained on straw tatami and wore fireman tunics as his judogi. Mike spends a lot of his time studying judo and is very knowledgeable on all kinds of waza.
Mike is a lifetime member of the United States Judo Federation.
Brian began his Judo training in Northwestern Montana. A successful junior competitor, Brian competed frequently around the Northwestern
U.S. and Canada and earned both gold and silver medals in the Junior Olympics.
Brian is a lifetime member of the United States Judo Federation.
Sensei Joseph Kajita was the figure head of the El Toro Judo Club and a great inspiration to us all. Sadly, he passed away on May 31, 2020 at the age of 89. He held the extremely prestigious rank of ninth dan (red belt) .
Please click on this link to visit our In Memory Page for Sensei Joe.