NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Important update about Ohana 2020
Ohana Cancellation - Corona Virus Update
The AJI has made the extremely difficult decision to CANCEL the 2020 Ohana. While we initially intended to make a decision at our April 12th Meeting, rapidly changing circumstances have forced this decision.The safety and security of our members and those who planned to attend the event are paramount. Hawaii is effectively closed for business and the likelihood of a quick recovery is remote. There were more statewide announcements this morning. Businesses, schools, churches, government buildings, hotels, restaurants, bars and all mass activities are severely restricted, prohibited or completely closed. There are as well, shortages of goods. These conditions are all expected to last through the summer. This is so unfortunate as we had experienced a great response to the event. Along with the Ohana, all related events are also cancelled including the H.S. Okazaki National Tournament, the Grave Site visit and the Shingen No Maki class. All event payments to the AJI, will be refunded shortly. Those who have paid with PayPal will receive refunds to their accounts, while those who paid otherwise, will be mailed a check. Those who have reserved rooms at the Hotel, should cancel immediately. Please be safe and protect your loved ones.
For further information and updates, see the link below:
Derrick Lee has passed away
We are very sad to report that one of our founding charter members, life member and first president of Jujitsu America has passed away.
Derrick Lee passed away at his home in Belmont on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at the age of 68.
Derrick is survived by his wife Jackie of 44 years, his daughters Shannon Jameson and Karsen Halai, his son-in-laws David Jameson and Will Halai, his grandchildren Justin Jameson, Jaden Halai and Leilani Halai, and his father Albert Lee.
Derrick retired from the Belmont Police Department after 20 years of service and then became a Sergeant for the San Francisco Federal Reserve Police Department for 10 more years before retiring again.
Derrick was dedicated to Martial Arts and enjoyed teaching Jujitsu. Derrick and his wife Jackie were founding members of Jujitsu America and he was the first President of that organization. Derrick had a samurai sword collection and enjoyed giving demonstrations of the samurai sword arts. Derrick reached the rank of 7th Degree Black Belt.
He will be remembered for his dedication to his family, his love of cooking, his cherished 1959 Porsche, his sense of humor and his never-ending smile.
Services will be held:
2019 Jujitsu America National Convention
Jujitsu America No Gi Sport Jujitsu Tournament
Our first No Gi event was a great success!
Professor Lee Eichelberger has passed away
It is with great sadness to share the news that Professor Lee Eichelberger passed away in the early morning on 10/5/2018. Professor Eichelberger was one of the founding members of Jujitsu America, was a JA president for 6 years and achieved a 10th degree black belt in Danzan Ryu Jujitsu with JA. He was a student of Professor Wally Jay’s since the 60's, was his most senior student (9th degree black belt and Professor in Small Circle Jujitsu) and had stayed active until recently. He was the senior member of Professor Wally Jay’s Island Judo/Jujitsu Club which was also the Jujitsu America hombu dojo. He was the main instructor to teach classes at the home dojo when Professor Wally Jay was traveling and helped manage the dojo. He also travelled extensively with Professor Wally Jay to assist him teaching seminars. He influenced many and will be missed by all.
Services will be held Saturday 10/13/2018 at 10:00am in Alameda. For more information, see:
For those attending Professor Lee Eichelberger's Memorial this Saturday.
Alameda is hosting a "Classic Car Show" on Park Street this Saturday beginning at 10:00 a.m. City streets will be busy and parking might be limited, however the garage located on Oak Street directly across from Alameda Funeral & Cremation Services should have ample parking available. Otherwise there is Street Parking one block down Central Ave going West.
Please pass on this information onto those might be attending the Memorial Service.
Danzan Ryu Ohana 2018 was a big success!
It's hard to believe that Ohana has come and gone already! Jujitsu America was very proud to sponsor this year's Ohana. It was a huge success!
Jujitsu America would like thank all those you Participated, Competed, Coached and those who supported their Family Members and Team Members at OHANA 2018 this past weekend. The event couldn't happened without your support.
The Next OHANA will be hosted by American Jujitsu Institute in 2020.
W e'll have more information and pictures to come. Stay tuned!
Jujitsu America Brings Home Sport Jujitsu Gold from the World Games in Australia
Jujitsu America Members represented the United States at the 2017 World Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
In total, Jujitsu America competed in Sport Jujitsu and BJJ, bringing home the following Individual Medals:
Sport Jujitsu Team Competition: For the first time in 40 Years USA won the Team Championships, taking home the Gold in both the Men’s and Women’s Team Competition.
Competitors on the US Team represented the United States Coalition of Sport Jujitsu Organizations which is comprised of Jujitsu America, United States Sport Jujitsu Alliance, American Jujitsu League, United States Sport Jujitsu Federation, United States Sport Jujitsu Association.
Under the Coalition, the US Team won more medals than any other WCJJO tournament they have participated in, including both Individual and Team Competitions.
2017 JA Convention - Was a success !
Another successful convention, with good turnout, great friends, fun tournaments and amazing seminars!
2017 National Convention
Jujitsu America is currently trying to help one of our long time associates and friend who is in need. He is going in for more surgery and could use our help. Please take a look at the following link to read more about Sr. Grandmaster Bob Maschmeier and his situation.Please click here for more information