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Who we are

Kevin Asano

Kevin Asano


Kevin is from Aiea, Hawaii and graduated from Pearl City High School. He went on to study Japanese and Judo at Tokai University in Japan and graduated from San Jose State University with a major in accounting.

Kevin’s life can be broken up into three parts: family, business, and judo.  He is married to Mari, and they have five children. He is a managing partner at Pacific Rim Legacy Group, a financial services company. He is also extensively involved in judo at the local, state, and national level. He is the head instructor of Leeward Judo Club, board member of 50th State Judo Association, president of Hawaii Judo, Inc. and president of the United States Judo Federation.

In 2008 he wrote a book entitled, “Step Onto the Mat’, in which he shares the lessons learned from his journey to a silver medal in judo at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Together with his business partner Del Fujinaka they founded Personal Transformation International which is a 501c3 charitable organization. Together they empower people in the areas of health, finances, and relationships.

When Kevin is not working he spends his time playing with his children, napping, reading, and playing music.

Steve Alphabet

Steve Alphabet

Head Judo Instructor

Steven Alphabet is originally from Atlanta, Georgia but currently calls Hawaii his home. He has over four decades experience in practicing and teaching judo and jujitsu. Steven has a passion to educate and mentor children and young men and women to become successful in all aspects of life.

He is a 5thdegree black belt, certified national judo referee,  certified international judo coach, and certified Department of Education teacher with 20 years experience in general education, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), and special education.

In 1993 he founded Judo the Ultimate Challenge, Inc., a 501c3 organization. JTUC provides children and young adults with quality programs and experiences that will positively impact their intellectual, social, ethical and physical development. Programs under JTUC include Ultimate Challenge Afterschool Judo Program, Youth Exploring Science (Y.E.S.), Youth Career Initiative (YCI), Today Not Tomorrow (TNT Fit), Cognitive Awareness Training (CAT), and Walk It Out/Talk It Out. Steve is also the creator of the ABC Judo Curriculum which is the bases for his success of his students both on and off the mat. 

Steven founded Kokoro Tatsu Marital Arts & Fitness in Georgia where he developed local, national and international champions. In 1996 he was the competition manager for the judo event at the Centennial Olympic and Paralympic Games. Steve is also the creator and founder of Judocise, a fun, invigorating, and challenging physical fitness program based on the principles of judo movement.


Our Mission & Vision

 In the early 1990’s Kevin Asano and Steven Alphabet met in Miami, Florida at a national judo training clinic. Over the 30 years Kevin and Steven continued their friendship. On several occasions, Kevin visited Steven in Atlanta, Georgia where he saw the success of his Kokoro Tatsu Judo Club and Judo the Ultimate Challenge programs. Kevin and Steven both have a vision to build the next generation through judo and after school academic programs. In 2017 Steven accepted Kevin’s invitation to move to Hawaii, and Honolulu Judo Club is the genesis of this vision.

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