The Shudokan Martial Arts Association (SMAA) is an international coalition of enthusiasts dedicated to promoting traditional Japanese budo and koryu bujutsu. The SMAA, a nonprofit corporation, is headed by an elite group of high-ranking Japanese and Western instructors whose backgrounds encompass many decades of studying and teaching the traditional martial arts and ways of Japan. To find out more about the SMAA, visit www.smaa-hq.com.
Warren Agena Sensei is the head instructor of
the Northglenn Judo Club in Colorado. He has decades of
traditional judo experience, having studied with many top judoka, including
Otaka Shuichi Sensei, Kodokan shichidan. Northglenn Judo Club has been in
existence since 1965 and is the longest continually operating judo dojo in Colorado.
According to USA Judo, Inc., Agena Sensei’s dojo is the fifth largest judo dojo
in the USA.In addition to judo practice, the club participates
in local, state, national, and international competitions. They also sponsor
social events for the whole family and participate in fundraising to benefit
judo players. Northglenn Dojo is also the home club of two Olympians: Craig
Agena, 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and Jo Anne Quiring, 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Moreover,
Northglenn Dojo is the club of Lance Nading, former number one ranked judo athlete
in 100 kg division and current
President of USA Judo, and Agena Sensei has many junior elite athletes
practicing at his club as well. Under Agena Sensei’s direction, the Northglenn Judo
Club won the team championship at the 2003 USA Judo National Junior Olympics. Agena
Sensei was also a successful competitor, having won his division in many
tournaments, including the US National Junior Olympics in 1977.
Agena Sensei has a Masters degree in geophysics,
and he is a geophysicist working with the prestigious US Geological Survey.
More specifically, he is Geophysics Group Leader - CentralEnergyResourcesScienceCenter.
He is ranked as
rokudan with the Kodokan Judo Institute in Japan and the United States Judo
Federation. He is also a member of the Intermountain Yudanshakai, Colorado Judo
League, and USA Judo, which is affiliated with the US Olympic Committee. He has
taught at the USJF National Teachers Institute. He is one of the judo seniors
(sempai) of Richard Burkland Sensei, SMAA Senior Advisor, who has known him for
years and who contacted him about joining the SMAA.
Agena Sensei has a detailed knowledge of classic judo
kata, in particular Kime no Kata. Kime no Kata is a self-defense oriented kata
developed at the Kodokan around 1888. The series is composed of eight techniques
from a kneeling posture and 12 techniques from a standing position. Both sets
of techniques contain defenses for both armed and empty-handed attacks. Agena
Sensei has presented clinics on Kime no Kata at various locations in the USA, including the US
Department of Commerce Judo Club in Colorado. We'd like to welcome Agena Sensei to the SMAA Board of Advisors. He joins many other top martial artists in Japan, the USA, and Europe that are SMAA officials.