Judokaa Martial Arts


Judokaa’s Kata Training Sensei Steve Campbell

About Sensei Steve Campbell

    • Current Rank: Godan (5th Degree Black Belt 2015)
    • Favorite Technique: Hidari Ippon Seoi-nage
    • In Judo Since: 1966
    • Certified Kata Judge (2017)
    • NCCP / Referee Status: NCCP Competitive Development Certified (Level 3) (1999)
    • National “A” Referee
    •   First Aid: First Aid & CPR

Notable Achievements

    • 1966 Started Judo at East York Judo Club (Hatashita Judo)
    • 1984 Promoted to Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt)
    • 1989 Promoted to Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt)
    • 1995 Promoted to Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt)
    • 2007 Promoted to Yondan (4th Degree Black Belt   )
    • 1989 -1997 Dojo-shu & Coach Scarborough Judo Club
    • 1999 – 2003 Trained at Hiro’s Judo Club Calgary
    • 2004 – 2007 Sensei & Coach at Scarborough Dojo Judo Club
    • 2007 – 2011 Dojo-shu & Coach Iron Will Judo Club
    • 2011 – 2018 Trained at Ajax Budokan Judo Club
    • 2018  –         Sensei & Coach Judokaa Martial Arts Judo Club
    • 2008 – 2018 Judo Ontario Board Member


Steve was 13 when he started judo. Thanks to the encouragement of his parents.  Steve didn’t really know what judo was, but took a strong liking to it.  Steve fought in many tournaments over the years, and in fact his first tournament was the Oshawa Centennial shiai in 1967.

Steve was influenced by many outstanding judoka and sensei’s. Hatashita Sensei promoted Steve to Ikkyu (Brown Belt) in 1970 as well as Shodan.  Nakahara Sensei promoted Steve to Nidan.  Steve especially thanks (Bill) Doherty Sensei for his guidance and support.

Steve’s son Jason joined his dad at judo in 1982, gaining his Shodan in 2006. Jason was often his father’s Uke (partner) at Black Belt Gradings and Kata competitions.

Along the way Steve took up the challenge of refereeing. Steve recommends the refereeing path as a wonderful opportunity to see and learn judo up close.  Steve is especially proud of being invited to referee at the Canadian National Senior Championships in 2015 and 2017.

To gain a fuller understanding of judo, and the teachings of Kano Sensei (the founder of judo), Steve began to study Kata more closely.  He and his son Jason competed in a number of kata competitions and Steve competed in the Ontario Open Kata Championships in 2014.

Steve has responsibility at Judokaa Martials Arts for Coaching Development via the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), Referee Development, Kata and Black Belt Grading Development.

By the way, Campbell Sensei is very proud of his grandchildren Jayna and Tristan for following in Grandpa’s and Daddy’s footsteps!