Upcoming Events – As of January 22, 2017

January 22, 2017 by

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

Sunday, February 26, 2017: 2017 Konan Judo Championships. East Lansing MI

Saturday, March 11, 2017: Preregistration Deadline – Michigan Open Championships

Saturday, March 11, 2017: NCJA National Collegiate Judo Championships, College Station, TX

March 18-19, 2017: USA Judo National Scholastics Championships, Reno NV

Saturday, March 18, 2017: 2018 Ohio State Judo Championships, Lima OH

Sunday, March 19, 2017: 2017 Michigan Open Judo Championships, East Lansing MI

Friday, March 31, 2017: Nick Delpopolo Clinic – Day 1, Avon OH

Saturday, April 1, 2017: Nick Delpopolo Clinic – Day 2, Avon OH

Saturday, April 1, 2017: Judo Rules Clinic (Chi-sensei), Grand Rapids MI

Saturday, April 1, 2017: 2017 Peel Judo Championships, Whitby ON

Saturday, April 8, 2017: 2017 Indiana State Judo Championships, Portland IN

Saturday, April 29, 2017: 2017 Tora Annual Shiai, Brampton ON

April 29 & 30, 2017: USA Judo Senior Nationals, Salt Lake City UT

Saturday, May 6, 2017: Akyia Invitational, Cleveland, OH

Saturday, May 20, 2017:  USJF Self Defense Certification Workshop (Tentative), Location TBD  HOLD THE DATE

Saturday, May 27, 2017: 45th Annual AmCan International Judo Challenge, Niagara Falls NY

Tuesday, May 30, 2017: Preregistration Deadline – North Coast Championships

Saturday, June 3, 2017: 2017 North Coast Judo Championships, Lorain OH

Saturday, June 24, 2017: State Games of  Michigan, Grand Rapids, MI  HOLD THE DATE

June 30, 2017:  Mail-in Deadline for Pre-Registration 2017 USJF National Kata Conference

July 7-9, 2017: USJA/USJF Nationals, Palm Beach, FL

Saturday, July 9. 2017: Konan Joint Workout, Grand Rapids, MI

July 21 – 23, 2017: US Open Judo Championships, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

July 24 – 28, 2017: USJF/USA Judo National Kata Conference, St. Louis MO

Saturday, August 5, 2017: State Games of America – Judo, Grand Rapids MI

Saturday, November 4, 2017  Great Lakes Open, Grand Rapids, MI HOLD THE DATE

July 6-8, 2018: USJF/USJA Jr. Nationals. Grand Rapids, MI – Hold the Date

Check again soon for more upcoming events.

Judo Event Calendars:

2017 USJF National Kata Conference

February 25, 2017 by

Dear Judo Friends,

USJF Kata Committee would like to invite you to the 2017 USJF National Kata Conference.

Please help us out by circulating this Flyer to your judo friends.

Please click here for the registration package.  Thank you so much for your support.   See you in St. Louis.

For further information Sensei Eiko Shepherd (email or call 618-781 5157) or e-mail Leeanne Oue.

Sensei Eiko Shepherd

New USJF Logo

2017 USJF National Kata Conference
St. Louis, Missouri
July 24 – 28, 2017
Monday – Friday
Each day will focus on deep explanation of one kata
Kodokan Judo Institute Instructors from Japan


Indiana State Open Judo Championships – Portland IN – Saturday, April 8

February 1, 2017 by

Judan Judo 2New for this year we have added satellite weigh ins. For athletes signed up and paid online by April 5 11:59 pm EST  you can weigh in on Thursday April 6 at a club near you. If your club would like to be used as a weigh in site contact Brad Daniels at 260-726-5045 or bradleyadaniels@gmail.com. This will allow the tournament to start on time and you won’t have to arrive at the event until starting time – 10:30 am April 8th. Looking forward to another great turnout.

Click here for the flier and registration packet.

Thank you

Brad Daniels


February 1, 2017 by

The first on line and mail in entry deadline is Wednesday February 1.

To register on line click here.

Mail in entries must be postmarked no later than February 1 to receive the discounted mail in fee.  Entry packet and full details can be found at http://www.usjudo.org

USA Judo Logo Vertical 2009 RWAIT, DID YOU KNOW……

Athletes’ date of birth and citizenship must be verified in the database prior to using the on line system.  Email a copy of the athletes’ birth certificate or passport to cory.sanders@usajudo.us for verification.  Verifications will only be processed during normal business hours Monday through Friday 8:00am-4:00pm MST.

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

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