San Jose State University Judo's Uchida Receives Red Belt

By Ernest Pund | Sept. 25, 2013, 10:31 a.m. (ET)
Yoshihiro “Yosh” Uchida, founder and head coach of San Jose State University Judo, was presented this weekend with a symbol of his expertise in judo and his contribution to the sport, the distinctive red belt of 10th Dan.

“There are few people in the world today who have contributed in so many different ways to our sport of judo,” said Lance Nading, President of USA Judo, who presented the red belt to Uchida at San Jose State Judo’s annual banquet over the weekend.

Uchida’s promotion to 10th Dan by USA Judo was formally announced at USA Judo’s Night of Champions, where Uchida was honored alongside renowned coach Willy Cahill with Lifetime Achievement Awards for their contributions to the sport.

“And just recently that rank was recognized and affirmed without hesitation by the International Judo Federation,” Nading said in his presentation.

The San Jose State University judo program, founded by Uchida, is one of the most important dojos in the country, producing numerous national and international champions including Olympic medalists Bobby Berland, Mike Swain, Kevin Asano and Marti Malloy.