Archive for April, 2011

Top judo fighters take GOLD, $500 purse and qualify for USA Judo World, PanAm Teams On Day 1 of Senior Nationals

April 30, 2011
April 29, 2011, USA Judo,  Orlando, FL – Day One of the super competitive Senior National Championships served up fantastic fights, some upsets and a chance for up-and-coming stars to grab Gold and qualify for spots on USA Judo’s World Team and to fight at the Pan American Games.

“There were a lot of great battles between the number one and number two athletes in the country,” said two-time Olympic bronze medalist Jimmy Pedro, coach of the elite Team FORCE in Wakefield, Mass., one of the hottest dojos in the country for Olympic hopefuls.

Pedro pointed to the 73 kg division “where Michael Eldred (Fruitland, Idaho / Western Idaho Judo Institute) upset Nick Delpopolo (NYAC / USA Judo National Team FORCE)  in a best of three to make the Pan Am team.” In another fiercely close match-up, Shintaro Higashi (NYAC / Kokushi Budo Institute) beat Kyle Vashkulat (NYAC /Jason Morris Judo Center) to win the national title but Vashkulat came back to win the best of three to qualify for the Pan American Games Team. (more…)


USJF’s Michael Eldred Upsets Nick Delpopolo to Win under 73 kg. National Championship

April 30, 2011

USJF’s Michael Eldred, scheduled a to lead an upcoming Konan Instructional clinic, upset top-seeded Nick Delpopolo to win the USA Judo National Championship in the under 73 kg. division.

Eldred then went on to beat Delopolo twice more winning the necessary two of three to secure his berth on the Pan-Am team.

Congratulations, Michael!

Satoshi Ishii Japanese Olympic Gold Medalist, MMA Fighter enters Senior Nationals in Orlando, FL

April 29, 2011

Watch the action streaming LIVE … this SATURDAY

April 28, 2011, Orlando, FL from USA Judo –

Olympic Gold Medalist in judo and MMA-fighter, Satoshi Ishii of Japan, registered today to fight in the open weight division Saturday at USA Judo’s Senior National Championships in Orlando, Florida.

Satoshi Ishii’s entrance to the tournament is one more great reason to tune in LIVE for streaming action on the internet beginning Saturday morning, April 30, at 9 a.m. EST by going to either USA Judo’s website,, or the USOC website at


Konan Takes 3rd Place in Annual USJF Life Membership Drive

April 28, 2011

At this week’s USJF Annual Spring Meeting in Orlando FL,  Life Membership Committee Chair, Tom Sheehan, was proud to award Konan 3rd Place in the annual “Most New Life Members in a Yudanshakai During 2010.

Konan’s Saito-dojo once again was the top producing club in the nation, thanks to the leadership of Saito-sensei and the generous response of club members.

Thanks to all new and existing life members.

All judokas should consider the benefits of either a USJF Life Membership, and/or Konan Life Membership as the funds collected are dedicated to endowments that will help keep judo alive and well in the future.

Click here for information on USJF Life Membership.

Click here for information on Konan Life Membership

2011 Tohkon Classic – Chicago IL – June 4, 2011

April 26, 2011

The 16th Annual Tohkon Classic Judo Tournament will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Oak Lawn Community Pavillion. 9401 Oak Lawn Avenue, Oak Lawn IL

Will include Junior, Senior, and Masters, Shiai and Kata divisions.

Please help support this USJF CBBA event by attending as a contestant or official.

Click  here for the full flier.

On-Line Registration For Senior Nationals Extended

April 25, 2011

On line registration has been opened for Monday 4/25 and 4/26.  You can register online for the 2011 Senior National Championships by visiting  Walk up fees will apply.

Please note that you must be a current USA Judo member, citizen of the United States and minimum rank of senior sankyu (USA Judo/USJF/USJA rank certificates only accepted).

You must submit copies of your birth certificate/passport and rank certificate to the National Office prior to registering on line.  You may scan/email to or fax to 719-866-4730.  Verification of above will only be processed during normal business hours of 8:00am-5:00pm mountain central time.

Please refer to the entry packet on our website,, for event details.

Tachi Waza Contest – Lima Family Y – April 30, 2011

April 25, 2011
From Neil Simon:
Next Saturday, April 30, 2011 Mark Hunter is sponsoring a Tachi Waza  only Tournament.  The matches are 1 minute only in a 6X6 meter playing area.  Only scores are Ippon and Wazari.  Click here to see the flyer for further detail.  The pre-registration price is good till April 29, 2011.
Looking forward to seeing you.

Pre-registration Deadline Today – 2011 Tora Invitational Judo Tournament

April 24, 2011

Today is the pre-registration for the Tora Tournament. Americans must pre-register (although I am guessing they will cut a little slack if you register tomorrow).

Big club tournament:  430 competitors in 2010.

Click here for details on free accommodation offer.

Click here for tournament flier and for on-line registration.

We have had good support from Canadians for our Michigan tournaments – Please consider returning the favor.

Neil Adams Ne-waza and Grappling Video

April 23, 2011

A very long instructional video submitted by Rayanne Magee (Saito-Wee Dojo):

2011 George Balch Memorial Golf Outing – August 21, 2011

April 22, 2011

Please support Michigan Judo Development Association’s Annual golf fund raiser, held to honor the memory of one of Konan’s giants, Mr. George Balch.

Sponsored by Michigan Judo Development Association, Inc.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Rammler Golf Club
38180 Utica Road
Sterling Heights,MI 48312

Proceeds to Benefit:

  • USJF George C. Balch Scholarship Fund
  • Noboru Saito Judo Grant Fund
  • Judo Programs in Michigan – Travel Fund and Seminars

For information click here or contact Mr. Noboru Saito by e-mail (click here) or telephone (248) 585-7982.

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