Upcoming Events – As of September 29, 2016

June 5, 2016 by

Click on links below for details and look on the listed Judo sites for other events:


Sunday, October 2, 2016: 2016 Konan Fall Promotion Testing, Maumee OH

Saturday, October 8, 2016: 2016 Great Lakes Open Judo Championships, Grand Rapids MI

Sunday, October 9 2016: USJF and USA-Judo Coach Certification Clinic, Grand Rapids MI

October 15 & 16, 2016, Irwin Cohen Memorial Tournament, Franklin Park  IL

Check again soon for more upcoming events.

Judo Event Calendars:

Passing of Don Wilson, Judoka, Lansing MI

September 28, 2016 by

Here is a brief obituary for Don Wilson, long-time Lansing judoka:

Donald Wilson, 67, of Lansing died September 26, 2016. Arrangements by Palmer, Bush & Jensen Family Funeral Home, Lansing Chapel. Funeral Services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. visitation begins one hour prior at the Funeral Home.

Published in Lansing State Journal from Sept. 28 to Sept. 29, 2016

Jim Murray, on behlaf of Konan Judo Associations sends condolences to his family.

Reminder – 2016 Rock & Roll Tournament – Lodi OH

September 11, 2016 by
Fellow Judoka;

Click here for the flyer and feel free to forward to your contacts.

Also Fine Design T-Shirts who were here last year will be back again with their T-shirts, sweatshirts etc.

Don’t forget all profits from this day got to our club which is a 501c3 Non Profit.



Michael A. Mooney                       Chu To Bu Judo Club        
 29460 Miles Road                         
29460 Miles Road      
Solon, Ohio 44139                    Solon, Ohio 444139
Cell – 440-376-1376                     Cell – 440-376-1376   
judomooney@gmail.com    www.chutobujudo.com

Ohio Judo, Inc.                                     
29460 Miles Road                                                                        
Solon, Ohio 444139                                             
Cell – 440-376-1376

Reminder – Konan Fall Promotional Clinic – Sunday

September 10, 2016 by

konan-logo3Reminder:  Konan Fall Promotional Clinic tomorrow, September 11 at Black Swamp Judo, Maumee OH.

Click here for details.


September 9, 2016 by

From legacy.com

joe-higiJOSEPH RAYMOND “SENSEI JOE” HIGI III, 68, passed away Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, at Heritage Park Health Care Center, Fort Wayne.

Born in Fort Wayne, Joseph was a truck driver and millwright for many years and a member of Come As You Are Community Church. He was passionate about Judo and will be dearly missed by his students at Kenshiki Dojo.

Surviving are his wife, Deborah Higi of Fort Wayne; sons, Joshua (Laurie) Higi of South Whitley, Ind. and Christopher Higi of Alba, Mich.; daughter, Allison Higi of Knoxville, Iowa; stepdaughter, Angela Klemm; stepson, Brian Klemm; son / grandson, Ethan Higi; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and siblings, Twink (Larry) Maddox, EJ (Sandy) Fortmann, Tim (Cindy) Fortmann, Jan Higi, Julia Higi, and Jennifer Higi. He was preceded in death by his mother, Donna Fortmann; father, Joseph Higi Jr.; and brothers, Jerry, Jeffrey and James Higi.

Service is 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, at Come As You Are Baptist Church, 7910 South Anthony Blvd., with visitation one hour prior. Calling also from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave. Memorials may be made to Kenshiki Dojo.

To sign the online guestbook, visitwww.mccombandsons.com

Reminder – Shintaro Nakano – Outstanding Competition & Technical Training September 24, 2016 – Birmingham MI

September 5, 2016 by

MJDA will be hosting current San Jose State Coach, Shintaro Nakano (Godan), for a three-part clinic on Saturday, September 24 at Saito Dojo in Birmingham, MI.

Click here for the registration form.

The clinic will feature group instruction, individual  assistance for each participant on their tokui-waza, and, finally, randori to practice and improve participants’ technique.

Nakano-sensei  is the San Jose State University Judo team Coach and Coach of Marti Malloy, 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist and 2013 World Silver Medalist and operates Nakano Judo Academy in San Jose CA.

Where: Saito Dojo at Birmingham YMCA, 400 E. Lincoln, Birmingham, MI 48009

When: Saturday, September 24, 2016

  • Registration: 12:15pm – 12:45pm
  • Clinic: 1pm to 2:30pm
  • Coaching Session: 2:45pm to 3:45pm
  • Randori: 4pm to 4:45pm

Contact: Noboru Saito Click here to e-mail or call 248-840-0013

Cost: $35 for Pre-registration (good reason, clinic fee can be refundable)

$50 for on site registration

Coach Nakano’s Judo Achievements:

Shintaro Nakano is Black Belt 5th Dan born in Miyazaki, Japan. He started his Judo career at the age of five
and learned from the beginning the traditional beliefs and values of Judo. He is a graduate of Chuo
University in Japan.  He was a member of the Japanese Judo National team from 1998 to 2004 at 60kg and
from 2006 to 2008 at 66kg.

  • 1998 Japan National Junior Championships at 60kg
  • 1998 Kyusyu Island Tournament at 60kg
  • 2004 All Japan Industrial Championship at 60kg
  • 2004 U.S. Open at 60kg; 1999 Japan National Junior Championships at 60kg
  • 1st place 2012 and 2013 National Collegiate Judo Championships
  • 1st place Japan National Junior Championships – 60 kg. – 1998 and 1999
  • Japanese National Team – 66 kg. – 2006 to 2008 and 1998 to 2004
  • Coach of college power house and defending National Champions SJSU
  • Head Coach at Caio Terra Academy
  • Coach of 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist and 2013 Silver Medalist World Champion , 2016 Olympic
    team member, Marti Malloy
  • Coach of two time Pan American and multi-time time world champ Yuri Simoes.

Traffic Warning – Konan Joint Workout at Birmingham Y

August 20, 2016 by

Please note that the Woodward Dream Cruise is today.

Do not attempt to drive up or down Woodward Avenue to get to the Birmingham Y.  It will be congested and impassable from south of I-696 and northward.

Best access may be to approach the Y from the west by taking West Lincoln from Southfield Road to the  Y.

Saito-dojo map

USJF & USA-Judo Coach Certification Clinic – October 9. 2016

August 16, 2016 by

2016-10-09 Coach Certification Clinic

USJF & USA-Judo Coach Certification Clinic, Sunday, October 9,  2016, Godai Judo Club, Kroc Center, Grand Rapids MI.


JAM Konan Summer Junior Joint Workout – August 20 – Birmingham Y, Birmingham MI

August 15, 2016 by

Harun BogdanicThe last of three summer summer joint workouts is scheduled for this Saturday, August 20, at Saito-dojo, Birmingham Y, Birmingham MI.

Time: 12:00 noon – 2:30 pm

Click here for the flier and registration forms.

The goal of these joint workouts is to get as many junior/youth competitors together in one place as possible so they can all get mat time with other’s in their skill, weight and age range that they don’t see all the time. This should be a great opportunity to play with other competitors and experience what it will take to play at the national level.

Cost:   Costs will be 10 dollars per person.  In the event that there are multiple club members we will discount each club member $2 per additional member (i.e. cost $8/person)

Training Camp Facilitator:  Harun Bogdanic involved with judo in. Michigan since 2010

  • 2016 US Judo
  • 2016 All-American for Grand Valley State
  • Multiple state and regional tournament winner..
  • IJF Coaching Certification candidate

For more information, click here to e-mail Harun Bogdanic.

USA Judo Makes History in Rio

August 14, 2016 by

From USA Judo:

Team USA put on a show in Rio; With a Gold, Silver and a 7th Place win, USA ranked 5th overall at the Judo Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Click here to watch replays of Olympic judo action.

“It’s amazing the success that USA Judo athletes have enjoyed these last two Olympic Games; to finish 5th in the world, beating Brazil in Brazil, as well as Cuba’s well respected Judo program, speaks to the smart planning and return on investment of our National coaches.” – Jose Rodriguez, USA Judo CEO.

The 2016 team represented the United States well, giving their best Olympic performance to date.

“We shocked and impressed the entire world once again with our judo team.” Says Jimmy Pedro. “I didn’t think we would be able to outdo our performance in London. To have two athletes make the finals in the Olympic games in absolutely amazing.”

Head Coach, Jimmy Pedro is pleased with how the team came together in Rio. “They acted as a family. They won together. They lost together. The entire team was competitive in every match. The team put up a good fight. They were courageous and excited to be here. The whole team is happy.” Says Jimmy Pedro.

Jose Rodriguez, who has been CEO at USA Judo for 11 years, is excited with how much the entire team and staff has accomplished the past two quadrennials.

“I want to not only congratulate Kayla, Travis, and their coaches, but each and every one of our athletes whose strong shoulders our Olympic medalist have been carried!” Says Jose Rodriguez. “This is a Team USA Judo success and every member shares in this historic success.”

Not only did the athletes make history with their performance, judo in the United States was represented in the media as never before. For the first time, Judo received LIVE TV coverage.

All Judo competitions were available to watch on NBC live stream. Both Travis Stevens and Kayla Harrison’s matches were broadcasted on LIVE TV on NBC Sports Network and MSNBC.

Additionally, Leo White, USA Judo Coach Director on the Board of Directors, was invited to commentate on NBC Sports Network. See his judo recap story here:http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/leo-white-kayla-harrison-has-historic-day-rio

Overall, this was great success for Judo in the United States. Great work Team USA!


Reminder: MJDA 2016 George Balch Memorial Golf Outing – Sunday, August 28, 2016

August 14, 2016 by

***Please consider supporting and attending this enjoyable afternoon fundraiser for MJDA.

For information and reservation form  click here or contact Mr. Noboru Saito by e-mail (click here) or telephone (248) 585-7982.

Please support Michigan Judo Development Association’s Annual golf fund raiser, held to honor the memory of one of Konan’s giants, Mr. George Balch.

Sponsored by Michigan Judo Development Association, Inc.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Rammler Golf Club
38180 Utica Road
Sterling Heights,MI 48312

Proceeds to Benefit:

  • USJF George C. Balch Scholarship Fund
  • Noboru Saito Judo Grant Fund
  • Judo Programs in Michigan – Travel Fund and Seminars

For information and reservation form  click here or contact Mr. Noboru Saito by e-mail (click here) or telephone (248) 585-7982.

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