Archive for April, 2010

De Ashi Barai Video from Konan Club MXJudo, Grand Rapids

April 24, 2010

Ashi Wasa (Foot Sweeps) – Click on each for link:

  1. Old School but outstanding
  2. Works Great Even On the Big Fellas.
  3. Must See Foot Sweep TV

Jim Murray
Michigan Extreme Judo
Ph: 616-293-1568
Fax: 616-433-8225



Konan’s George Truong named Outstanding Male Competitor in E-level Event

April 20, 2010

From USA- Judo: George Truong (Colorado Springs, Colo. / Ju Shin Kan), a 2009 Cadet World Team member in the 55kg division, was named the Male Outstanding Competitor  at the Northglenn Judo Championships, a USA Judo Senior E-Level Point Tournament, after winning his first senior tournament at 60kg. Truong defeated two-time Blind World Team member Ron Hawthorne (Colorado Springs, Colo. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center) and Ladasua Jawam (St. Paul, Minn. / Doc’s Gym) in the first two rounds.  In the final Truong defeated Corwin Learned (El Granada, Calif. / USA Judo National Training Site at San Jose State University), a former 55kg player who medaled at the 2008 Senior Nationals and placed in the top seven at the 2009 Junior Worlds.

Congratulations to George and everyone at Konan member club, Ju Shin Kan!

Click here for the full article.

Video – 2010 Pan Am Championships – El Salvador

April 10, 2010

Team USA began the Senior Pan American Championships with success on Friday as six of the eight athletes who competed on the first day earned trips to the podium in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Watch video of Team USA in action here.

Read Day 1 coverage here.

Passing of Hiro Fujimoto – Co-Founder of Detroit Judo Club

April 8, 2010

From the USJF:

K. Hiroshi “Hiro” Fujimoto, 88 years old, a pioneer of Konan Yudanshakai and a past president of the USJF, passed away peacefully in Naples Florida, early morning 4/8/2010. His family was at his side.

Fujimoto Sensei was a co-founder of the Detroit Judo Club and helped produce champions and administrators. He did much for the development of the USJF, and we enjoy the fruits of his labors.

His family has requested no flowers, but messages of condolence may be sent to the family care of his son,

Paul Fujimoto
68 Palos Drive
Naples FL 34104

Donations may be sent to:

Avow Hospice of Naples
1095 Whipperwill Lane
Naples FL 34105-3847

Please pass this information along.


One of his many students,
James Walmsley
Morning Star Judo Club
Arizona Yudanshakai

Editor’s Note: The USJF Endowment Trust is also receiving donations in Fujimoto Sensei’s memory. Please make a note on your check, “In Memory of Hiro Fujimoto Sensei”.

Dr. Cho Visits Konan in CO

April 8, 2010

Recently, Mr. Paul Truong, Head Sensei at Konan dojo Ju Shin Kan Judo Club in Colorado Springs hosted Dr. In-Chul Cho, multiple World Champion and Olympic medalist, for an extended visit. Dr. Cho lead classes and clinics at Ju Shin Kan as well as at USJF Intermountain Yudanshakai member, Northglenn Judo Club in Denver

Mr. Truong reports that Dr. Cho taught very basic techniques, but showed how to execute these techniques effectively and in combination with each other for maximum effect.  After just one week of training with Dr. Cho,  drilling and polishing their skill, students showed  tremendous improvement in their judo.

Despite two very severe spring snowstorms, Dr. Cho was able to lead a very well attended clinic at Northglen with approximately 60 players attending.

According to Mr. Truong, Dr. Cho’s visit was a great experience for Colorado judo players as he impressed them with his judo skill, his teaching ability and his warm personality – Mr. Truong and his students extend their great thanks to Dr. Cho, hoping the visit was equally enjoyable for him.

Mr. Truong thanks Konan Judo, especially President Steven DeRaedt, for assisting in making Dr. Cho’s visit possible.

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2010 Michigan Open Photos

April 8, 2010

Thanks to Dave Wertheimer of Farmington and Troy Judo Clubs for these photos from the 2010 Michigan Open.

For tournament results, click here.

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Winners – Dr. Cho Personal Training Session

April 2, 2010

Photo Courtesy of USJF/Bob Brink

Congratulations to Morgan Imlay of Oakland University Judo and Rayeanne Magee of Macomb Y Judo, winners of the Konan Fundraiser to benefit the USJF  John Osako Referee Development Fund.

Both Morgan and Rayeanne will receive a personal judo lesson from Dr. In Chul Cho,  World Champion and Olympic medalist.

Thanks to all who supported this fundraiser by selling or buying tickets.

The John Osako Referee Fund was established in 2008 with a generous initial donation from Evelyn Osako, John’s wife, and the Judo Affiliates of Michigan to provide financial aid to aspiring PJU Regional, IJF Continental, and IJF International level referees intent on gaining further experience in order to develop & improve their skills, remain abreast of emerging standards, achieve higher international certification, and be in contention for consideration to officiate at the highest levels in the world – Junior World Championships, World Championships, and the Olympic Games.

For more information or to contribute to the John Osako Fund click here.

Konan’s St. Francis Judo Club One of a Kind

April 1, 2010
By: Molly Mullen Lakota Times Correspondent

ST. FRANCIS – St. Francis is now the only community in South Dakota with a Judo club registered with the United States Judo Federation and sponsored by the Konan Judo Yudanshaki, a board of black belts.

David Halmi, judo sensei Photo by Molly Mullenr

David Halmi, judo sensei Photo by Molly Mullen

St. Francis Mission donated a building, formerly used for childcare, for a traditional dojo where judo is taught and practiced.

The Rev. John Hatcher, S.J., said part of the mission’s strategic plan is to address health issues.

“Well obviously exercise is a part of a healthy lifestyle,” Hatcher said, “but kids also need some kind of internal discipline that judo can offer.”

David Halmi, judo sensei or teacher, registered the dojo with the USJF after becoming a certified judo teacher in February. He agreed with Hatcher, saying martial arts classes can build students’ physical and mental strength.

Read the full article here…

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