Archive for October, 2010

Judo Injury Research Study – Due January 31, 2011

October 28, 2010


From Mr. Robert Fukuda, Executive Director, USJF to Dojo Senseis:

We are aiding researchers Dr. Rainier Ganschow/University Hospital Hamburg, Dr. Yukio Oku/University Hospital Hamburg, Dr. Yuji Ozawa/Kumamoto University. and the German Judo Federation in the collection of data for their research on injuries sustained during judo activities.

Thus, please find attached a copy of questionnaire for the collection of data for the research. We would greatly appreciate it if you would please distribute this questionnaire to your students and instructors and encourage them to complete and submit the completed questionnaire.

The survey is available by clicking here.

Completed survey forms may be submitted to:

1. You. dojo sensei,  as a collection point and forwarding to our offices

2. USJF offices for collection (USJF National Office, PO Box 338, Ontario, OR 97914-0338

3. The researchers directly via the email address on the form

We would like to submit all of the questionnaires we receive to the researchers in January 2011. Thus, we would appreciate it if you would please request everyone to submit his or her forms by the end of the year.

We hope to provide them with the large sample size that will give their study greater validity. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to call the USJF National Office at (541) 889-8753.

Thank you very much for your support of judo and the USJF.


Five Konan Youth to Travel to Japan for Sanix Junior High School Championship

October 22, 2010

Summer Truong (Ju Shin Kan) Riku Higashi (Saito Dojo), Ryan Osborne (Macomb Y), Nick Joseph (Macomb Y) and Daniela Gomez (Ann Arbor Y) have been selected to represent Konan Yudanshakai at the 2010 Sanix Junior High School Team Championships.  Along with other young players from USJF, they will travel to Japan this December.  Mr. Neil Simon, president of USJF, will lead the team.  Mr Shinji Higashi (Saito Dojo) will accompany to assist.

Traditionally 7 other international teams and about 80 Japanese Middle School teams attend to compete in this prestigious event. The mission of the Sanix Event is to foster the spread and advancement of Junior High School Judo as well as to train and educate future participants for the Olympic Games and World Championships.

In addition to this mission the participants will have the chance to meet and mix with their counterparts (from Russia, Germany, Korea, Hong Kong, South Africa, etc.) who come from different cultural backgrounds.  This too contributes to their overall development as a judoka and individual while helping create a global Judo vision. This experience will help open their eyes and gain an experience of a life time.  To date, all the participants who have previously gone to this event have ended up placing 1st, 2nd, or 3rd at the national level.

After the Team Championships the participants will be exposed to a series of international training camps.  Judoka will get to practice and share their knowledge of judo with local high school and junior high school Japanese judoka along with all of other international participants.

Although many costs are covered upon arrival in Japan, participants must self-fund air-fare and other expenses, which can cost several thousand dollars per participant.

Please consider supporting our Konan young people by direct contribution to Michigan Judo Development Association, a 501(c)(3) charity.

Mail contributions to:

Mr. Noboru Saito
Michigan Judo Development Association
139 Roth Boulevard
Clawson MI 48017

A portion of the entry fees for the 2010 Great Lakes Open Judo Championships, November 21, 2010 will be devoted to supporting these young people.  Please consider participation. Click here for more information about the 2010 GLO.

Konan’s George Truong Wins 1st Match in Junior World Championships

October 21, 2010

2010_junior_worlds_logo(USA Judo Colorado Springs, Colo.) – George Truong (Colorado Springs, Colo. / Ju Shin Kan) earned the sole win for Team USA on the opening day of the Junior World Championships on Thursday in Agadir, Morocco.

A 2009 Cadet World Team member, Truong started his match against Romero Andres (ESP) well, throwing him for a waza-ari (half-point) score with a ko uchi gari (leg throw).  Truong earned a yuko (quarter-point) score after Andres was given two stalling penalties, but when Truong became hesitant, he received a stalling penalty as well.  As Truong bent over, Andres caught the 16-year-old with a sumi gaezhi (sacrifice throw) for a waza-ari score… more>

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