Meet the Instructors
My Nguyen is a founder and head Judo instructor at SJJA. She has more than 20 years of teaching Judo for beginners and competitors. She became a Judo champion at 17 years old in VIetnam . She won her 1st place at Asian Olympic competition in Sai Gon in 1995. She was issued her 4th degree black belt by USA Judo in 2020. She is a National Judo Coach, local and national Judo referee. In addition, she is also training Bjj under Raulph Gracie in which she has earned blue belt. She won GOLD medal at Golden State Vii Gi, silver medal at Golden State Vi Gi, and Silver medal at Pacific Cup Gi in 2023
Nancy Nguyen, trained Judo at SjjA since she was 5. She is an electrical engineer 2nd year at SJSU and she is training Judo there. She earned her black belt 1st degree. She is a Judo National/International Champs. She has more than 15 years experience of Judo competitions. Her medals are uncountable! She has her own amazing takedown techniques plus her spectacular choking and armbars submission that you can benefit from her class!
More than that, she is also a coach and a referee for local and national Judo tournaments. She is teaching judo for toddlers and Judo competitors at San Jose Judo Academy.
Andrew Mukai, trained Judo at Steveston Judo Club, Vancouver, Canada. He is the 3rd generation judo black belt. He earned black belt in 1994.
2001, he earned bronze at 81kg Canadian Senior Nationals; At Judo BC Athletic of the year; at Pac Rim Championship Los Angeles-5th.
2000, He earned silver- 81kg Pana Nikkei Games Sao Paulo, Brazil.
1997, Judo Exchange Program Tokai Univerisity, Japan.
1995, 1996, He had 2 times won silvers at Canada Junior Men Nationals.
NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program-Canada- Level 2 Judo Coach.
Quang (Arik) Dao serves SJJA as a 3rd degree black belt (sandan) judo instructor with over 15 years experience in teaching junior and senior students. He is an N2 national referee and represents SJJA at regional and national tournaments. Quang maintains Safesport and Regional Coach certifications.
Professionally, Quang Dao is a research engineer in air transportation at NASA. He earned his Ph.D. in industrial engineering at Purdue University and regularly works with graduate and undergraduate students to develop research interests at his lab at NASA Ames in Moffett Field, CA.