Archive for May, 2011

Konan Partners with Band of Angels to provide Inclusive Judo Training

May 31, 2011

Register now for our summer camp.

Band of Angels is committed to inclusive fitness programs for individuals with Down syndrome and other cognitive impairments. We provide opportunities to acquire skills that last long after the training program. 

This year we will offer Judo training in Southeast Michigan. This program will be available to persons with cognitive disabilities in addition to their friends and siblings providing an inclusive camp experience.

In the process of developing this program, we have learned a great deal about Judo and are convinced it will be a wonderful way to provide lasting skills and relationships.  Judo is many things to different people. It is a fun sport, an art, a discipline, a social activity, a fitness program, a means of self-defense, and a way of life.  Judo also stresses balance, timing, conditioning and cooperation with a partner.

To learn more and this program and how to register click here.
Questions?  Contact


Last Day to Enter Konan Golf Fundraising Raffle!

May 30, 2011

Click here to enter today and support our 2011 Sanix youth team.

Nakano Junior Competition Clinic Reminder

May 29, 2011

Please send your pre-registrations to the upcoming June 11/12 to Steven DeRaedt: 5747 Kirkridge Trail, Rochester Hills, MI 48306.

Pre-registrations will be guaranteed placement as we will limit the clinic attendance to 30 people/each day.

Also, we will pick three pre-regs that we receive before the end of May and invite them to a special preview night.

Click here for forms and further information  about the clinic.  Coaches and instructors are welcome as well as junior competitors.

The video  below shows Nakano-sensei leading a ne-waza clinic.   Note:  the upcoming clinic will cover all aspects of  competitive judo for juniors, including tachi-waza, gripping, tactics, etc.  The video below is just a sample of Nakano-sensei’s instruction.

2011 Indiana State Open Results – Updated

May 28, 2011

Click here to view the updated and corrected 2011 Indiana State Open Results.


May 27, 2011

 Athletes have chance to win awesome prizes during fun filled evening at Craig’s Cruisers  

Grand Rapids, Mich. May 26, 2011 – The Meijer State Games of Michigan introduces the 2011 Athlete Party. This inaugural event will take place at Craig Cruisers (5730 Clyde Park SW,Wyoming, MI 49509) on Saturday June 25, 2011 from 4-8pm.

The Athlete Party gives Meijer State Games participants the opportunity to interact with one another beyond sport competition. Registered athletes in attendance are in for a fun filled evening. The night will consist of multiple raffles, arcade game competitions, mini golf challenges, an all you can eat pizza pasta buffet and much more. Whether it’s winning the electronic prizes in a raffle or receiving the highest score in Dance Dance Revolution (DDR), athletes will have many opportunities to take home a cool prize.

For more information about Judo at the State Games of Michigan, click here. (more…)

Itsutsu-no-kata Clinic, Saito-Dojo, Birmingham, MI, Sunday, July 10, 2011

May 26, 2011

Please consider attending this very special kata clinic, a rare opportunity to learn about this infrequently demonstrated judo kata

Clinicians: Noboru Saito (Hachidan) and Frances Glaze (Rokudan).

Click here for Clinic Flier: 2011-07-10 Itsutsu-no-kata Clinic

For more information about Itsutsu-no-kata, click here.


Cho Returns (on video)!

May 24, 2011

The new Konan-produced video explaining the techniques of  World Champion In Chul Cho  is scheduled for release in June.

Details to follow on Konan web site, or e-mail Steven DeRaedt.


Tickets are now available for the Miami Judo World Cup!

May 23, 2011

Tickets are now available for the Judo World Cup featuring competitors from  some 50 nations.

The World Cup will be held for the second year in Miami, Florida Friday and Saturday, July 1-2 at Doral Country Club & Spa, followed by the US Open on Sunday, July 3.

 These two prestigious international events will be held at the Doral Country Club and Spa Ballroom and will offer limited tiered seating and 6 exclusive corporate tables with VIP service and amenities.

 Limited tickets and corporate tables are now available for sale on a first come, first serve basis exclusively to the members of USA Judo. On June 10th, they will be made available to the general public. (more…)

George Balch Scholarship Deadline – June 30, 2011

May 22, 2011

High School Seniors and Graduates, apply now for the George Balch Scholarship.

The deadline is Friday, June 30,2011.

Click here to download the application form.

The George C. Balch Scholarship Fund has been established in memory of one of the greats of Konan Judo Association.  It provides financial assistance to judo students who are high school seniors or graduates pursuing a college degree in Education. 

The scholarship is awarded annually to the applicant who has the characteristics which promise a successful academic record and who continues judo study throughout his/her college career. 

The scholarship will be awarded to an individual for a maximum of four (4) years.

Click here to learn more about George Balch.

Konan Golf Fundraiser – Just 10 Days Left

May 21, 2011

There are just 10 days and 10 tickets left before the drawing for the Konan Golf Raffle on May 31: Tickets for four rounds of golf and cart at the Nightmare Course in West Branch.  Click here for details.

They are $10 each and only 25 will be sold.  Funds raised will be for supporting our youths going to the Sanix event.

This is a perfect chance to hone your game for the 2011 George Balch Golf Outing, August 21, 2011.

Click here to contact Steven DeRaedt for ticket info.

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