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Our mission is to educate, transform and develop successful judokas in and out of the dojo.

Bunasawa-Kai Judo/Jiu jitsu/MMA/Self-Defense organization was founded in 1972 by Nori Bunasawa, 9th-dan and founder of Jukkendo. Bunasawa kai dojo is a friendly environment that is open to all age groups located at the Higashi Honganji Temple in Costa Mesa California.


Sensei Bunasawa has dedicated his life to perfecting and teaching the art of judo. He is a former all Japan weight limit judo champion and 1975 U.S. world team coach with over 45 years of teaching experience. Sensei Bunasawa is a Kodokan judo 9th-dan and the youngest grandmaster in California. He studied at Waseda University in Japan, under Yoshimi Osawa, Kodokan 10th-dan, Masahiko Kimura and Kenji Tomiki, founder of Tomiki-Akido.

Valuing the timing and importance of growth, we will be there every step of the way to ensure our members develop their techniques correctly and with maximum efficiency. 


"It is not important to be better than someone else, but to be better than yesterday"

-Kanō Jigorō-





Bunasawakai Kids judo program for beginner and intermediate student 5-15 years old.

Beginners & Intermediate Age: 5-15 years old

Bunasawakai senior judo program is offered to intermediate and advanced judo students ages 16 years and older.

Beginners & Intermediate Ages: 16 years & up


Maeda style jiu jitsu, MMA, Self-defense, Jukkendo Program offered to beginners, intemediate and advanced students of all ages and levels.

All Ages & Levels

Bunasawa sensei poses w/ UFC champion Dos Anjos and son

"The best Judo School in Orange County! Bunasawa Sensei is the youngest 9th Dan in California. His knowledge of technique, strategy and tournament coaching is truly remarkable. We have been attending for almost two years now. Sensei will tailor the program to your child's ability and ambition. For a great start or continuation of Judo; There is no substitute for the experience and dedication of all Sensei's at this Dojo".   


-Mark B

Sensei Bunasawa poses with student medalist at Nikkei judo championship

"This is by far the best judo club in the Orange County area. The kids program is top notch and highly recommended. Bunasawa Kai is extremely friendly to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu players looking to work on their stand-up judo game. Sensei Bunasawa was a direct training partner and student of the legendary Kimura and is the founder of Jukkendo, Maeda style Judo/Jiu Jitsu/MMA".

-Allen W



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