Archive for September, 2010

Sanix 2010 Tournament Invitation

September 27, 2010
USJF and Konan are looking for male and female contestants for  consideration for the Sanix event in Japan in December.  This is very unique tournament and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young judoka,  13 and 14 years old.  The trip is fully chaperoned and supervised. Passports are necessary.

Click here for a report on the 2009 Sanix Tournament.

Although trip has financial support from USJF and Konan, out of pocket costs could be around $1,000+.

Please contact Steven DeRaedt  by phone (248 709-9330)  or  click here to e-mail, if you are interested or need more information.


1. Depart USA – Tuesday, 12/21/10
2. Arrive Fukuoka – Wednesday, 12/22/10
3. Depart Fukuoka – Wednesday, 12/29/10
4. Arrive USA – Wednesday, 12/29/10

Age: Athletes must be born on or after April 2, 1996  (4/2/96 or later)

Depending on amount of USJF funding, USJF may cover some of the following expenses:

  • Training camp expenses (including room & board)
  • Partial airfare reimbursement

Athlete Expenses:

  • Airfare to & from Fukuoka
  • Spending money

USA Judo Concludes World Championships with Historic Success

September 23, 2010


Click here to learn how you can help World Champ Kayla Harrison.

(From USA-Judo. Colorado Springs, Colo.) – After five days of fighting competitors from 111 countries at the largest World Championships in the history of judo, one thing was certain – Team USA had gained the respect of the rest of the world.

“I’m extremely proud of our team.  This is probably the most successful World Championships USA Judo has had since 1993.  We had multiple athletes who won multiple matches and showed that they were competitive at the world level,” said Head Coach Jimmy Pedro (Methuen, Mass.)

While the story of the week was unquestionably Kayla Harrison (Wakefield, Mass. / NYAC / USA Judo National Team FORCE) becoming the first U.S. woman to win gold at this event in 26 years, the subheading was that her U.S. teammates are prepared to make sure there will be multiple Americans with shots at the podium at the London Olympic Games… more>

Help Support American World Champion, Kayla Harrison

September 21, 2010

Crfm_20100809_20100809__45_(USA Judo, Tokyo, Japan) – On Thursday, 20-year-old Kayla Harrison (Wakefield, Mass. / NYAC / USA Judo National Team FORCE) made history by becoming the first U.S. player to win a World Championship title since 1999.

USA Judo is pleased to announce that Harrison’s gold medal efforts will be rewarded with at least $21,000 in cash prize money. After receiving her gold medal on Thursday, Harrison was presented with a check for $6,000 from the International Judo Federation. In addition, USA Judo and the U.S. Olympic Committee each will award Harrison $5,000.  The American Judo Fund also has pledged to contribute $5,000.

“Winning an Olympic Medal today in the Olympic Games in our sport is only possible through a thoughtful and well executed training plan. The financial commitment is staggering,” said USA Judo President Lance Nading (Denver, Colo.) “On average, medal hopefuls from around the world receive in excess of $100,000 per year in training, coaching, medical and living support expenses.  That amount or more is just the financial commitment it takes to have a shot at winning.”

Now here’s where you come in. USA Judo is pleased to announce that any donations to Harrison’s prize fund, up to a maximum of $5,000 will be matched by USA Judo. This effort was begun by the USA Judo Board of Directors, including Nading and Noboru Saito (Clawson, Mich.) who each contributed $100 to the fund.  USA Judo CEO Jose H. Rodriguez (Colorado Springs, Colo.) also contributed $100… more>

Grand Slam Tournament Makes the News

September 21, 2010

Thanks to everyone that helped to make the Grand Slam tournament a big success.  The following link is a story is about a guy from Michigan Extreme Judo.  Nick is quite an inspirational guy I think you will be impressed.  I know I was when I met him! He changed my perspective on a lot of things!

Click here for the video story.

Best regards,

Jim Murray
Michigan Extreme Judo

Ph: 616-293-1568
Fax: 616-433-8225
E-Mail: (NEW)

Kayla Harrison Wins World Championships – First American to Win Since 1999

September 9, 2010

From USA Judo (Tokyo, Japan) – Every Olympic hopeful dreams of one day hearing the Star Spangled Banner from the top of a podium.

For 20-year-old Kayla Harrison (Wakefield, Mass. / NYAC / USA Judo National Team FORCE), that goal seemed far away when she first started competing in judo as a 7-year-old in Middletown, Ohio.

“I’ve been training for this for a long long time and I’ve been dreaming of this since I was a little girl,” Harrison said after winning the 78kg title at the World Championships on Thursday in Tokyo.  “It hasn’t sunk in yet.  It’s an amazing feeling.  It’s surreal.  And everyone’s been amazing.  My teammates, my coaches… Everyone’s been amazing and I’m really thankful… more>

St. Francis Bushido Dojo News

September 5, 2010

Konan Dojo, St. Francis Bushido of St. Francis SD, continues to grow under the leadership of Sensei David Halmi.  St. Francis now has 16 members studying under Sensei Halmi, who combines the principles of judo with the traditional ethic of the Lakota.

Congratulations to Sensei Halmi and all the students of St. Francis Bushido Dojo.

St. Francis is the first dojo to use the Konan website as home page host. Visit the St. Francis Bushido Dojo page here.

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