The Nakano Program

Are you ready to break the mold?

Take action today; Develop skills for yourself.

Workout anytime, anywhere.

The Nakano Judo Diagnosis System lets you identify the issues that are preventing you from accomplishing your Judo goals. If you are building bad habits and ineffectively training, you will find it difficult to break out of those bad habits. However, we can take action now to help you have a better Judo life. I have helped many Judokas with their transformation and I am excited to help you too.

What People Say

-Nyla Valencia

3-time National Champion

Panam Bronze Medalist

-Aden Valencia

4-time National Champion

2-time Panam Gold Medalist

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I Bring Multiple Decades of Judo Experience to Help My Students

I live and breathe Judo. I spent 23 years of my Judo journey as a competitor, and over 10 years dedicated to coaching. I have coached the Canadian national team and San Jose State University Judo team. I have coached junior level students up to international elite competitors. I will leverage my experience as both a competitor and coach to help my students succeed in their goals.


I realized that judo instruction could be improved when I started coaching abroad. I thought that the basics were common sense, yet there were many athletes who were not on the same page as me in terms of the basics. Without the basics, you cannot advance and become a proficient judoka. Along with proficiency, not understanding the basics can prevent you from creating your own style of judo. Learning the fundamentals is key to making it to the next level.

This is a life journey, a journey worth taking. I am excited to guide you on that journey.

While many techniques are accessible by viewing YouTube content, the problem is that you will not see the underlying fundamentals that make the techniques effective. A qualified instructors provides the needed insights into the fundamentals.

Techniques need to be broken down into individual steps. Without the fundamentals, it becomes easy to develop bad habits and practices, which stunt your growth in the long-run.

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Smarter Practicing Through One-On-One Training

Have you reached an impasse in your Judo training? Are you looking for a new way to accelerate your path to becoming a master judoka? Or have you just experienced a breakthrough and are looking to maintain the momentum in your judo training? If so, I am here to help.

I created the Nakano Judo Online Academy to help judokas find intelligent and effective ways to improve their techniques. While the existing literature will serve to explain standard judo techniques, students who completely rely on bookwork may be at a disadvantage. This is because those students will not have the guidance they need to avoid bad habits. In the worst cases, the bad habits have been engrained through repetition, requiring months or years to root out.

It is for these reasons that the best Judokas receive direct and pointed feedback from instructors. They practice smarter because they are not developing bad habits and know precisely what they need to work on. If you are aspiring to become an elite level Judoka, it is necessary that you have proper guidance from a professional instructor. 

Taking Advantage of Japanese Judo

Especially if you are a beginning Judoka, you may be wondering why Japanese Judo has been considered the most best approach. 

At its core, Japanese judo is so effective because it embraces the fundamentals. This is important because judo exercises many complex mechanics, which are based on these fundamentals. If a Judoka adhere to these fundaments, it becomes easy for them to prevent bad habits (which are difficult to break).

The Fundamentals of Judo

Are you applying the 6 principles to your Judo?

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Shintaro Nakano

How Deep Do You Want to Go?

My passion for Japanese Judo leads me to work with only a handful of students per month, so that I can focus on quality instruction.

“Shintaro Nakano brings to SJSU Judo the Japanese version of Judo, which is a little bit different in that they do a lot of execution on a move with speed. He moves fast and he throws all our big guys, so of course they are just amazed that he could do this. But he is showing us what true judo looks like.”


-Yoshihiro Uchida, America’s first Olympic Judo Coach

Corbin Balitactac at Nakano Judo

Corbin Balitactac

Black Belt Competitor

The U.S National Ranker

I started doing private lessons with Nakano Sensei as a national level cadet competitor having a hard time making the transition to the junior level. As soon as we started, he immediately identified some flaws not only in my technique, but my competition plan as well. Nakano Sensei was able to finetune details that I had no idea existed, and along with the strategies for competition that we discussed after watching match footage, I was able to see results in shiai within one month. After just two years of being under his instruction, I was able to take second place at IJF Junior Nationals as a completely different competitor than I was before I started working under Sensei. My time working with him is indispensable and I’m very lucky to have the chance to practice with someone as knowledgeable as Nakano Sensei.

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Tiani B.
White Belt

I believe that private lessons are beneficial for everyone who takes them. Everyone has room for improvement, and that's not a bad thing.  I really like the private classes because I can ask questions without feeling embarrassed. Since I'm still a beginner there are a lot of things I'm unsure of, so naturally I have questions.  Asking questions in front of everyone is hard for me, and while I'm doing online private lessons I don't have to ask questions in front  of a large group.  Another thing I like about private lessons is that I can get one-on-one work with my form and I can practice with my friends at home. It's fun learning and improving in an environment I'm comfortable in. I recommend online private lessons to anyone who wants to try them out!


John R.
Masters/Veterans Competitor
Brown Belt BJJ
Blue Belt Judo

My judo practice began with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I heard about Nakano Sensei’s seoi nage and tai otoshi from a few training partners who I respect. I live far from his dojo, so I reached out to him about the Online Program. We discussed my martial arts background and goals for training. By the end of the first session we had put together a number of set-ups to drop morote seoi nage, and he taught me many concepts to practice to make the throw more effective. After one session I was fully ready to practice the throw on my own. What started as just an old BJJ player’s inquiry into a core judo throw has evolved into a continuing teacher-student relationship. Private lessons with Nakano Sensei have greatly improved my Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Are You Ready to Unleash Your Full Potential?

While I do not believe there is one “right way” to motivate a student or guide your practice, I am confident that I can help you accomplish all of your personal Judo goals. Once you tap into your potential, your judo success becomes infinitely easier.

Be Efficient.

We will tailor training to maximize efficiency. I take pride in customizing my program for every judoka. No matter your strengths or weaknesses, I can help you drastically improve your craft. The Nakano Judo Online Academy is here to help you become a better Judoka.


The Nakano Judo Online Academy is not a group-setting class. There will not be slow moments where you are simply listening to an instructor or a classmate for hours at a time. Instead, I am focused solely on you and your development. This allows you to not only avoid developing bad habits, but to develop good technical skills in a much quicker timeframe. 


Many instructors will focus on helping their students pick up strategies to win tournaments. Granted, this can be an appealing option if you are a competitive judoka. You may even win some tournaments through this approach. But having said this, taking this approach doesn’t necessarily mean that your judo will improve. You can be doing long-term damage even if you are seeing competitive successes.

9 Features of the Nakano Judo Online Program

By becoming a student at the Nakano Judo Online Academy, you can leverage a whole host of benefits. They include the following:


Your judo training is 100% personalized for you—whether you are a beginner or an expert. I will create the best practice plan that is specifically designed to help you overcome your weaknesses and become a better judoka.


Get a detailed breakdown of your technical abilities and then structure a new more effective training program.


As a Nakano Judo Online Academy student, you get a summary of your performance after each workout. Weekly action items are given to track and support your progress. Through this, you will be able execute and perfect the essential skills taught in this program.


The step-by-step instructions help you build a solid foundation. They ensure that you are avoiding bad habits and are using proper form. However, once you develop that tangible skill set, you need to build muscle memory. I can help you build this muscle memory so that you can accelerate your judo development. 


Weekly action items that can help you perfect the skills or techniques that you are trying to improve. These drills can be performed in a gym or even in your home. 


Practice and learn on your own time.


Working with me, I can ensure that you save months (or even years) on your journey to becoming a master judoka. You can speed up the process of improving your judo by both learning essential techniques and correcting bad habits.


Get the best results in the shortest period. This is through in-workout adjustments based on your goals, preferences, and personal profile. 


Working with me, you can bring top judo knowledge into your home. Gain access to real-time feedback with one-on-one private sessions every week. A customized training plan also keeps you on track toward your judo goals.

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“Nakano-sensei learned really early traditional style of judo. He brings us back to basics and tweaks things so it is a little more correct. He gives a lot of one-on-one attention, so if you have a question he knows the answer. He’s gonna help you and every time he sees you make the same mistake, he will fix it and remind you.”

 -Marti Malloy, 2012 London Olympic Bronze Medalist

Take Action Today


By joining the Nakano Judo Online Program, you will receive a personalized training regimen to help you become a better Judoka. Today is the first day of the rest of your Judo journey.

Choose from 3 Packages to Begin Your Personalized Program


    Valid for 12 weeks
    • The Nakano Judo Training Diagnostic Sheet
    • Customized 12-Week Training Program
    • Weekly Exercise Items for 12 weeks
    • Twelve 45 Minute Private Video Sessions

    Valid for 8 weeks
    • The Nakano Judo Training Diagnostic Sheet
    • Customized 8-Week Training Program
    • Weekly Exercise Items for 8 weeks
    • Eight 45 Minute Private Video Sessions

    Valid for 4 weeks
    • The Nakano Judo Training Diagnostic Sheet
    • Customized 4-Week Training Program
    • Weekly Exercise Items for 4 weeks
    • Four 45 Minute Private Video Sessions