Profile of Sensei Gary Goltz

Goltz Judo's Cal State University Demo

Sensei Gary throughout the years video & his thoughts on the benefits of judo training

Sensei Gary Goltz, 8th Dan, is a Benefactor Life Member (#1234) of the United States Judo Association which inducted him into their Hall of Fame in 2003. He served the USJA for over a decade as COO from 2005 to 2010, and as President from 2010 to 2015. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Hal Sharp Judo Teachers Foundation. He was also President of the Nanka Judo Yudanshakai (Southern California's Judo Black Belt Association) from 2016 thru 2019.

Sensei Gary with Jack Black, the Conan Video, & the Forman kids' (who are in the video)

Link to - The Complete Tiger Roll Video Story (includes his original submissions)

Sensei Gary, began his study of judo in 1965 at a community center in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There he met Kyu Ha Kim, a two-time All Korean Champion who today is a 9th Dan. Gary trained for many years under Mr. Kim (see Sensei Gary in a 1968 newspaper story & in a 1970 film clip shot at Mr. Kim's). He also trained for several years under Dr. Kiel Soon Park, a 1967 World Silver Medalist, who today is a 9th Dan and President of Korean Yudo Association of America.


Sensei Gary at the Pittsburgh YMHA 1966, AAU Championships 1968, & YMCA 1969

In 1971, Sensei Gary initiated the judo program at the University of Pittsburgh, which is still going strong today. Gary began to emerge as a judo leader after joining forces with the late Nick Zaffuto in 1975 who helped him to get elected Allegheny Mountain Region - AAU Chairman in 1977.

Sensei Gary's judo mentors Kyu Ha Kim & Dr. Z


Eddie Adelson & Sensei Gary with Dr. Kiel Soon Park in 1972 & in 2012

Sensei Gary & Arnell Newsome with the late Nick Zaffuto in 1975

Mr. Kim & Sensei Gary with the Pitt Judo Club in 2013 which he founded in 1971 Video & Donor Wall

After moving to Upland, a eastern suburb of Los Angeles, Sensei Gary recognized the need for a dojo in his local area and founded Goltz Judo in 1988.  In 1990 Goltz Judo became affiliated with the City of Claremont's, Human Services Division. Sensei Gary then formed a close friendship with the late Dr. Osvaldo Zarantonello, 9th Dan, who became Goltz Judo's first technical advisor.  

More Videos, Interviews, & Articles of Sensei Gary:

Sensei Gary in Black Belt (Black Belt Magazine photos)

Sensei Gary's Judo Credentials:


Awards to Sensei Gary for
advising the LAPD & helping run the World Police Games

Sensei Gary with fellow marital arts advisors to the LAPD's Arrest & Control Unit in 2006

·         Los Angeles Police Department, Defensive Tactics Consultant

·         USJA Master Coach, Rank Examiner & Kata Instructor

·         USA Judo National Referee & Coach

·         JRDG Kappo Katsu-Hou (Japanese Resuscitation) Certified in Japan

Sensei Gary's Distinctions as a Judo Coach:

Olympic Champion Saito, Dr. Z, & Sensei Gary with Blind Team at the Kodokan

·         US Blind Team, 1991 World Championships

·         California Goodwill 1992 & 1995 Judo Missions to Japan

·         Callae Goltz, 1990 to 1994 Junior National Champion

·         Gabriel Goltz, 1992 & 1993 Junior National Champion

·          Nathan Goltz, 1992 to 1994 Junior National Champion

·        United States Judo Association 2003 Coach of the Year

·         Recipient 2011, Nanka Outstanding Judoka Award

·         Inez Torres, 2013 & 2015 Junior National Champion

·         JoJo & Sadie Forman, 2016 & 2017 #1 Ranked Junior National Players

·         Paul Bova, 2018 IJF World Veteran's Gold Medalist

Sensei Gary & Paul Bova in Cancun


Callae Goltz, 1992 Triple Crown Cover & with the late Keiko Fukuda, 10th Dan in 1993

Sensei Gary with his kids & Toshiro Daigo, 10th Dan in 1995 (Note is from 2010)

Sensei Gary with the late Yukimitsu Kano (Jigoro Kano's grandson) at the Kodokan in 1991

Sensei Gary's Accomplishments while President of the USJA & of Nanka:

·          Lead the USJA from a $50K deficit to a $80K surplus - Interview

·        Developed partnerships with GTMA & Black Belt Magazine

·          Directed rebuilding of USJA's database including coach's portal

·          Initiated USJA's recognition of Theodore Roosevelt and Jeremy Glick

·      Created the Grassroots Judo™ Joint Summer & Winter Nationals

·         Helped formed American Judo Alliance Agreement between USJA, USJF, & USA Judo

·          Donated the Judo Winter Nationals to Nanka, yielding nearly $20K per year

Sensei Gary at historic AJA Meeting with Mark Hill, Kevin Asano, John Paccione, Keith Bryant, Robert Fukuda, & Neil Simon


Presidents Lance Nading, USA Judo, Kevin Asano, USJF, & Sensei Gary, USJA with Kayla Harrison holding her Olympic gold medal

Sensei Gary with 2012 & 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist, Kayla Harrison


Sensei Gary with 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Marti Malloy & 2016 Silver Medalist. Travis Stevens

Sensei Gary with Yosh Uchida, 10th Dan, 1964 US Olympic Coach


Sensei Gary presenting Ronda Rousey UFC Superstar her 4th Dan (his Black Belt Magazine article about her)

Sensei Gary & Karo Parisyan of the UFC (his Black Belt Magazine article with him)

Sensei Gary presenting Jason Morris, 92 Olympic Silver Medalist, USJF Hall of Fame Award with teammate Tony Okada

Sensei Gary & Sensei OJ with Double Bronze Medalist Israel Hernandez & Sensei Gary with Nicolas Gill

Sensei Gary in Cuba with Ronaldo Veitia Coach of their Women's Team with Sensei OJ

Sensei Gary with his close friend Jin Iizumi, 8th Dan author of the Soft Judo DVD Series

Sensei Gary presenting Hal Sharp, a"long life" calligraphy at his 9th Dan promotion

Sensei Gary with the late George Harris, 10th Dan in 1977 & 2007


Sensei Gary, Jim Bregman 64 Olympic Medalist, 10th Dan, Yonah Melnik, & Yarden Gerbi, of Israel

Note to Sensei Gary from "Judo" Gene LeBell

Sensei Gary presenting a certificate to Hayward Nishioka, 9th Dan

Sensei Gary with his close friend and mentor the late Karl Geis, 10th Dan

Sensei Gary & Jim Bregman in Shanksville, PA with the family of Flight 93 hero Jeremy Glick, 10th Dan

Sensei Gary with British Judo legend Neil Adams, 9th Dan

The late Helio Gracie signed "to my good friend Sensei Gary" in his book


"with much respect" from judoka / actor Bo Svenson

Sensei Gary with 'Karate Kid' Sensei "No Mercy" Kreese, Martin Kove

Sensei Gary with Enter the Dragon Karate star Bob Wall

Sensei Gary relaxing at home with his beloved dogs

Sensei Gary with his wife Sharon and all the members of his favorite group, CSNY

Sensei Gary's Education, & Business Affiliations, & Awards:

·         BA, University of Pittsburgh, Rhetoric, Cum Laude, 1976

·         MBA, Pepperdine University, President/Key Executive Program, 1988

·       Ernst & Young, Los Angeles Entrepreneur of the Year, Nominee, 1993

Life Member, California Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation, 1998

Principal, Goltz Business Development Group, since 1995

·        Chaffey School District, Community Service Award, 1995

·         Recipient, Mayor's Certificate of Tribute, City of Los Angeles, 2000

·         Los Angeles City Council, Hollywood Parade Director, since 2005

Sensei Gary with his famous Broderick Crawford 'Highway Patrol' 1955 Buick

Sensei Gary's Contact Info:

Email:   Cell: 909-702-3250

Goltz Judo's Website