Meet some of our amazing instructors & Staff!
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.
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.
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.