If you are interested in joining the SJSU judo team, it is important to keep in mind that we are an independent program within the University. We fund much of our own expenses, and emphasize academics just as much as training.
Here are some tips for anyone interested in joining the Judo Team:
1. Come visit us! The best way to understand what we do is to attend one of our practices. For local athletes, we hold Open Mat on Fridays from 6 to 8 in SPX 218 on campus. For athletes who live further away, we are more than happy to work with you and arrange a time for you to train and stay in San Jose. It is VERY important that you contact the coaches ahead of time and inform them of when you will be visiting the dojo. For any questions, click on the “Contact Us” on our home page, or shoot us a message on the SJSU Judo Facebook Page.
2.For interested student-athletes, apply to SJSU through CSUMentor. This is a website that processes all application information for the California State University schools. They send your application information to any of the CSU schools of your choice. Make and account, fill out the information, and send it to SJSU through this online system. Be sure to check ahead of time what the deadlines for applications are, as well as if there are any prerequisite tests and documents needed.
3.For incoming Freshman, be sure to maintain your MYSJSU account and check constantly for updates. The University’s main channel of communication is through that account. It is important to turn in documents, applications, and fees on time. Most of the information regarding academics will be sent to you through this account.
4. Contact the coaches. You can email, call, or approach us at tournaments. The main coaches are Shintaro Nakano, Keith Nakasone, and Mike Swain. They are a great resource for finding out information about possible future training in San Jose.
4. If you are not interested in studying at SJSU, but would like to still train with us, enroll in Open University. We have many athletes who live and work in the San Jose area, and join us for practices throughout the week. It is important to be enrolled in Open University because of liability issues with regard to the University. Check the SJSU website for more information about Open University.
5. If you have been accepted and are interested in training with us, be sure to enroll in the class. SJSU is considered a one-unit class in the Kinesiology Department. Based on your level, you can enroll in Beginner, Intermediate, or Competitve Judo. Be sure to plan your class schedule accordingly. Note that to be a full time student (therefore, eligible for the Collegiate Nationals) you must have a minimum of 12 units. Also, if you train with the Beginner and Intermediate Classes, you will have opportunities later on to train with the Competitive team.
Lastly, communicate with us! If you are interested in SJSU Judo and want to study at SJSU, we would like to be aware of your interest so that we can assist you in anyways possible.