Archive for March, 2011

Shinataro Nakano – Outstanding Junior Competition Training June 11-12, 2011, Birmingham MI

March 31, 2011

Mark your Calendars Now:

Konan will be hosting current San Jose State Coach, Shintaro Nakano (4th Dan), at a two day clinic on June 11/12 at Saito Dojo in Birmingham, MI.

You can attend one, or both days and this  is a perfect way to prepare for the Junior Nationals in July.

Nakano-sensei has been a member of the Japanese National Team at 60 and 66 Kg between 1998 and 2008 and has placed 1st in the US Open (2004) and in the Japanese Industrial Championships(2004) and 5th in the Kodokan Cup twice (2006/7).

He has competed internationally and will be having a clinic focused on improving our competitive Junior and Senior players.  Click here for a flier and entry form: 2011-06-11-12 Shintaro Nakano Clinic – Final

Contact Steve DeRaedt by E-mail with any questions.


Michigan Open Raises Over $300 For Japan Tsunami Victims

March 30, 2011

American Red CrossThanks to contestants, officials and spectators for donating over $300 to earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan.

Every bit helps and thank you for giving back to the people that gave us Judo.

Click here to learn more about how our contribution and others are being used by the Red Cross.

USJF Self Defense Program

March 29, 2011

Konan has certified several self defense instructors that can conduct workshops in your area.

This may be of particular interest to realtors, women living alone, students going off to college for the first time, or anybody looking to be more confident in their environment.

Please contact the following individuals, if you want a workshop conducted:

Detroit Area:

Ann Arbor:


Cleveland Area:

Toledo Area:

Akiya Judo Championship – Cleveland OH – April 9, 2011

March 28, 2011

Konan’s Mid East Cuddell Judo Club hosts the annual Akiya Judo Championships, honoring Edward and Grace Akiya, founders of the club, over 30 years ago.

Please help Mid East Cuddell by attending this tournament as a player, official or volunteer.

For the full flier, click here.

32nd Annual Tora Tournament – April 30, 2011

March 27, 2011

Thanks to Ed Spike of Waterloo ON for submitting this tournament.

Ed refereed at both the 2011 Konan Invitational and 2011 Michigan Open Tournaments.

Historically, the Tora Tournament has been a very large club tournament drawing 100’s of players, with an excellent tournament with many players in all categories: male and female juniors, male and female seniors and masters.

This is an excellent tournament to get a lot of mat experience with some new opponents.

Canadian clubs such as the Sarnia Y Judo Club, Kidokan Judo and Tsunami Judo have been long-time supporters of our events – this is a chance to reciprocate and get many good contests.

Referees and officials, please consider supporting this event. Along with Ed, Bob Sing and Pat Holman of Sarnia have frequently officiated at our events.  Please consider helping at Tora.  Great food, too.

Click here for further information: – Online Registration is available here

Note: Pre-registration is required for out-of province entries and the deadline is April 24.


March 26, 2011

Here is a good judo promotional video, featuring Newaza.

Submitted by Mr. Saito

Advance Alert on Women’s Self Defense Clinics in April and May ’11 at Birmingham YMCA

March 25, 2011

Your wife, daughters, friends, girlfriends, etc. may be interested in the attached flyer (click here) for Self Defense classes that have been developed in association with the United States Judo Federation.

In the past, we have often emphasized the sport and competitive elements of judo and not demonstrated the key skill sets related to practical self defense.

Accordingly, we have developed a self defense curriculum targeted for the general population that emphasize awareness and learning of techniques, including an introduction to falling, that the average person can master effectively.

There will be be two sessions scheduled as noted on the attached flyer One date in late April and one in mid-May, both on Saturday afternoon.Since the class is meant to be an introduction, a more formal self defense training curriculum with four classes will be offered at a later date to provide the forum for expanding the learning and allowing some practicing of techniques learned in prior sessions.

Please let me know if this is something that you are interested in and feel free to share with friends, relatives and the like.  FYI, there is still a waiver form in process, but I wanted to provide an advance scheduling alert.

Steven DeRaedt  E-mail
248 709 9330

2011 Michigan Open Results

March 24, 2011

Thanks to all the participants and volunteers who made this past weekend’s Michigan an excellent event.

Click here to view the results: 2011 Michigan Open Results

Neil Simon
Tournament Director

Konan’s Harun Bogdanic Wins Gold in Midwestern Judo Championships

March 23, 2011

Harun Bogdanic, 15 years old, took first place for his age group at the Midwestern Judo Championships.  Harun is a student at Saito-dojo.

Congratulations to Harun!

Here is an example of Harun in action:

Dan Mitoraj Video Series #4 – Matsumoto Turn-Over

March 20, 2011

Today Dan sends us the 4th in a series of turnovers. This one is similar to Video #3

Judo 2010 Grand Slam Tokyo: Kaori Matsumoto (JPN) – Hana Carmichael (USA) [-57kg]

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