Meet some of our amazing instructors & Staff!
Over 20 years ago, Ms. Xai started working with children in her youth group. She taught Sunday school, sang on the worship team, and volunteered her time helping her community in the little town of Chico. It was during this time that she learned she had a passion for people. She was also very passionate about sports. In college, she studied Taekwondo because of curiosity for the sport. On the very first lesson, she fell in love with Taekwondo. Taekwondo fulfilled her need for structure, good manners, self-control, confidence, high self-esteem, and custom, just to name a few. This life style fit her's and she's been training since then.
* 3rd Dan
* Studied under Grandmaster Franco Parchamento
* Coached by Grandmaster Barbara Brand
* Certified Referee
Most Recent Competition:
* 3rd Place State Poomsae Champion - 2015
* 6th Place National Poomsae Champion - 2015
* USA Poomsae Team Trial - 2015
Mr. Joseph is a 3rd degree Black belt in Taekwondo. As an athlete, he has held both state and national level championships. He is currently a level 1 coach for USA Taekwondo, and has helped countless students to bring home the gold at National Championships.
Kuniko Takeuchi is the Technical Advisor at the Okubo Judo Club. Kuniko has taught judo for more than 50 years in the Sacramento area.
Kuniko is currently the highest ranking woman in the United States and holds an 8th degree black belt. She is a life member of the United States Judo Federation and USA Judo. She also the Director of the PJC Kata Commission and serves on the International Judo Federation (IJF) Kata Committee and is an IJF Kata Judge, She had helped as a Technical Staff at the 1996 Atlantic Olympic Game for Judo and was also an Instructor at the Kodokan Women's section - Tokyo, Japan from 1962-1968.
Haruo Makimoto is the head instructor of the Okubo Judo Club. He has taught judo for more than 50 years in the Sacramento area and has produced hundreds of Judo champions throughout the years.
Haruo currently holds a 7th degree black belt, and a Continental (IJF-B) referee license from the International Judo Federation. He is a life member of the United States Judo Federation and USA Judo. He has served two terms as Chairman of the Board of the Examiners for the United States Judo Federation and is currently serving on the Promotion Committee of the USJF Board of Examiners.
Dean Louie is the Assistant Instructor at the Okubo Judo Club. He has been the Assistant Instructor for over 20 years. He is currently a 3rd degree black belt and is a certified USJF coach.