Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral (KJCC) was created to provide traditional training of one of the world’s most popular sports to children and adults of Southwest Florida. Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral is currently the only Judo school in Lee County and the 5th largest USJA school in the country.

The goal of KJCC is to train average people as Olympic level competitors

March 14th, 2020 - The 10th Annual Yoichiro Matsumura Judo Championships

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KODOKAN JUDO medals at the Junior Olympics

Six competitors from KODOKAN JUDO travel to Texas for USA Judo's Junior Olympics.  This event is designated the national championship for USA Judo.  Many of the divisions were 18-30 man.  All of Kodokan Judo's students fought hard and four placed.  Rian Russo placed second.  Christina Paccione, Jacob More and Mackenzie More place third in their prespective divisions.


Kodokan Judo medals in Texas

Five students take a road trip to Texas for the San Antonio Open Judo Tournament bringing home medals and experience.

Taking First:  Jacob More, Joseph Russo and Rian Russo

Taking Second:  Mackenzie More

Participation:  Dylan More


Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral Holds Major Judo Events

Between March 9th 2012 and March 11th 2012, John Paccione, the owner of Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral, held four major events that attracted people from all over Florida, California, New York, New Jersey and Japan.


On March 14, 2012, Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral hosted a Referee Clinic instructed by Pan American Referee, Mindy Bueman.  She instructed twelve Judoka who wanted to be certified as either a local or a regional referee.  After the two hour course those that passed the written test were able to take their practical evaluation at the Yoichiro Matsumura Championship the next day.


After the Referee clinic, two Judo Students from New York were graded for black belt in front of a board of eight high ranking Judo instructors which included Sensei Yoichiro Matsumura, 8th Dan and an Olympic trainer. Also present was, three-time Olympian, Celita Schutz.


On March 10, 2012, Kodokan Judo hosted the Yoichiro Matsumura Judo  Championships at Oasis High School located on Oasis Blvd in Cape Coral. Over 175 competitors and 600 spectators descended on Cape Coral to compete in the Olympic Sport and Martial Art of Judo.


The tournament entry fee was collected and donated to four students who attend Oasis Middle School who are battling cancer.  Chansen Savakinus, Angeline Thompson, Kaden Meyers and Ethan Hoover are the real champs!


People competed from ages four to sixty-five with many National raked Judoka testing their skills. The President of the United States Judo Association flew in from California to give out three National awards.  Edward Srejter was recognized for his life time commitment to Judo.  Mindy Beuman the granddaughter of Mr. Srejter received an award for becoming the 2011 National Kata Champion and representing the USA Internationally. John Paccione, the owner of  Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral and the event organizer, was given the National Coach of the Year award.


On Sunday March 11, 2012, a Competitor’s Clinic was held at Kodokan Judo instructed by Yoichiro Matsumura. Matsumura trained under a student of the founder of Judo, Jigoro Kano. Matsumura taught many ground fighting techniques as well as throwing. At age 73 Matsumura moved with speed and accuracy. Assisting Matsumura was three-time Olympian Celita Schutz.


Congratulations Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral!!!


Representing Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral and taking home the Gold!

Marcos Johnson, Gencarlo Montane, Dylan More, Jacob More, Mackenzie More x2, Christina Paccione, Erica Paccione, Solon Pinto, Joseph Russo, Alex Sacramento, and Anthony Setzer


Representing Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral and taking home the Silver!

Cecila Bernaquer*, Giulio Diracca, Jacob More, Joe More, Christina Paccione, Erica Paccione, Brandon Person, Solon Pinto, Calvin Rangel, Caleb Russo, Joseph Russo, Keegan Russo, Rian Russo, Jack Tellin, and Kaitlin Weigelt.


Representing Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral and taking home the Bronze!

Edward Ahlquist, Brenda Bernaquer, Corey Bernaquer, Mackenzie Bonsall, Ian Byington*, Zen Despagni, Paul Keith, Dylan More x2, Addison Piatt, Avery Piatt, Caleb Russo, Rian Russo, and Rodolfo Sosa.


Representing Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral and participating!

Bryan Acosta, Jordan Bernaquer, Kyle Camara, Carlos Camara Jr., Carlos Camara Sr., Rachaely Gil*, Randy Gil, Zackary Nyce*, Gavin Perry, Mark Tamulionis, and Keegan Weigelt.


*marks 1st tournament experience



Top 5 Reasons to Compete in a Judo Tournament

Have you or your child ever competed in a judo tournament? There are many great benefits to competing in a judo tournament. Here are our top 5 favorite reasons to try it out:

1. Practice is over and it’s time to compete!

Each class you learn new techniques and you are able to sharpen your skills through drilling, rondori and newaza.  This is done so that you can perform well during competition.

2. To further improve your skills by going against new competitors

Chances are, you’ve spent so much time with your fellow judoka that you already know all their strengths and weaknesses: this person has a powerful grip but a tendency to go half-way in, another person has a great timing but are superior with counters.

You can only improve as much as the best person you compete against and by the knowledge of your instructor and for that in which they expose you to.  That is why competing in a judo tournament is such a powerful experience. It exposes you to other judoka you’ve never worked with before, which forces you to put into action the techniques and combinations that you’ve been practicing.

3. Watch & Learn

One of the most exciting aspects about going to a judo tournament is getting to watch performances from the best judoka from your local area — or in the case of national tournaments, from around the country.

You might also have the opportunity to attend a coaching clinic or a referee clinic or learn techniques from an Olympian or a National Champion. 

4. Individual and Team Sport

Even though judo is an individual sport, there is such a strong sense team.   The entire team encourages their fellow judoka while competing.  The feeling of unity and comrade is very evident by the passion and excitement of the crowd. The sense of accomplishment and victory brings the team together like one big family.

5. Whether you win or lose, it’ll make you a stronger judoka

While you should always go into a tournament with the goal of winning, you should understand that no matter what the eventual outcome, you will learn a great deal from the experience.

We’ve seen talented students lose matches and were so humbled by the experience that they intensified their training and took their skill level even higher. We’ve also seen students full of self-doubt give it 100% and walk away with trophies, which gave them the confidence boost they needed to keep improving.

Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral is hosting the next judo tournament in Cape Coral at Oasis High School on Saturday, March 10, 2012.  Come down and test your skills!  We encourage Judoka from all-over to test your skills and show us your abilities!

Contact John Paccione, 5th Dan at (239) 699-2825 or go to www.CapeJudo.com for entry forms and information. 



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