Instructors

Eastside Dojo instructors are all U.S. Judo certified Coaches. Together they have decades of experience in studying, practicing, competing, coaching, and teaching Judo. 


KEN SCIALO

Ken began judo at 8 years old in New York. Now a fifth degree black belt, he has won and placed in national and international competitions over his long judo career.

In 2001 Ken founded Dallas Judo, and has since produced several junior national champions.

Ken is a US Judo Certified Coach.

 

 


Ken Patteson

Ken Patteson began judo at 9 years old, taking lessons at the Tamura Judo Institute in Dallas. He is a former junior, high school, collegiate, and senior national champion. He was a U.S. Team member for 5 years competing in international tournaments around the world.

After retiring from competition he coached U.S. Teams for several years. He is a sixth degree black belt, a former high school science teacher and has a degree in Kinesiology from UCLA.

 

 


RUSS HOGAN

Russ Hogan began Judo in 1992 at Richland College and also trained at Tamura Judo Institute in Dallas.  Russ began training at Dallas Judo in 2006 under Ken Scialo.  He attained the Rank of Shodan in 2010 and has been coaching juniors since 2009.  Russ Hogan is also a Certified Personal Trainer.


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NYAM-OCHIR SAINJARGAL
HIGH PERFORMANCE COACH

Mongolian judoka Nyam-Ochir Sainjargal, or as he is affectionally called "Nyamka", won the Olympic Games bronze in London 2012 and won bronze at the 2015 World Championships in Astana. In total he has 20 World Cup medals. Nyamka was World #1 from April 2013 to April 2014 in the 73KG weight class, one of the toughest weight classes in Judo. A good friend and training partner of two-time USA Olympian Nick Delpopolo,  Nyamka joins Eastside Dojo as its new high performance coach. His addition will help competition kids and young olympic hopefuls from Dallas and the southwest region compete and win at the national and international level.


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LKHAMDEGD PUREVJARGAL
WOMEN'S HIGH PERFORMANCE COACH

Lkhamdegd Purevjargal is an olympian from Mongolia that finished 7th at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Other significant wins include the Grand Prix in Düsseldorf in 2011 and the Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar in 2016. She also has won 5 Asian medals and 2 titles in 2011 and 2012 .

To give you a sense of how good "Lkhama" is, she has two wins over Kayla Harrison, the USA's only Olympic Gold Medalist.

At Eastside Dojo, Lkhama will focus on helping competition girls in North Texas pursue their own championship dreams.


BRUCE FOWLER

Bruce began Judo as a kid at the legendary Tim Joe Judo Dojo in Amarillo, TX, in the early 70’s. As a teenager Bruce moved to Ft. Worth where he trained under 1975 World Silver Medalist Michinori Ishibashi. He is a Yodan(fourth degree blackbelt). Bruce is truly a master of Judo technique and has a unique ability to teach the nuances in Judo techniques.


Diana Yoshida 

Diana Yoshida began Judo in 1995 in Chicago at the Tohkon Judo Academy. Diana was an elite athlete with USA Judo spanning 12 years. She competed and won at the Junior National level, High School National level, she was a Collegiate National Champion, and place top 3 at the Senior National level. She traveled with and competed for USA Judo in Europe and Japan. Diana trained at Dallas Judo (now Eastside Dojo) starting in 2005 and competed in the Olympic Trials in 2008. She has extensive competitive experience in the sport of Judo. Diana has been coaching for over 13 years and has helped many kids and adults excel in judo. Diana has her degree in Early Child Development and works in the Plano Independent School District as a Special Education Teacher.