Archive for July, 2011

Great Lakes Open Registration Package

July 31, 2011

Michigan Judo Development Association, in conjunction with Saito-dojo, Konan Judo Association and Judo Affiliates of Michigan, is pleased to host the 2011 Great Lakes Open Judo Championships October 16, 2011, Grand Rapids MI.

Please support this event as it is a primary fundraiser for MJDA, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the sport of judo.

Click here for the full tournament flier: 2011 Great Lakes Open Registration Packet

For more information about MJDA, click here.

Reminder – George Balch Golf Outing Soon

July 26, 2011

Just a reminder – less than month to go and we need golfers.

Please support Michigan Judo Development Association and Saito-sensei’s efforts provide financial support for judo.

Click here for golf outing info and registration.  Please register as soon as possible to assist the planning of this event.

Thank you for your consideration.

Konan Promotion Notice to all Senseis

July 25, 2011

USJF Standards for judo grade promotions and the recordkeeping therein are one of the core foundations in maintaining integrity in our USJF judo standards both locally and nationally.

If we want to ensure the longevity of judo and quality teaching, it is important to maintain consistent qualification standards. Rank is important to individuals and quality control in this area is everyone’s job.

Maintenance and attention to these details starts at the dojo level with kyu promotions and extends to recording performances at shiais, clinics, etc. (in your little black book from USJF) and ultimately ends with sending forms and requests for promotion to the Konan Registrar (kyu level), BoE Chairperson and National Office (dan level).

In order to ease your efforts and improve communication of expectations, we have created the Konan Promotion page (click here).


2011 Rock and Roll and All Womens Judo Tournaments

July 24, 2011

Hello all Judoka,

Michael Mooney, Julee Cope and Deborah Fergus invite you to a great weekend of Judo, two events the 16th “Rock and Roll Capital of the World” and the “7th All Women’s Judo Championship” and clinics on Sept. 24-25, 2011 the same weekend at the same venue, the Cloverleaf Recreation Center 8525 Friendsville Rd. Lodi, Ohio 44254.

Click here for full details on both tournaments

This Weekend’s JUNIOR OLYMPICS On Track To Be Biggest Ever

July 22, 2011

From USA-Judo

July 21, 2011 – Irving, TX

With nearly 850 competitors already registered and a few more expected to trickle in today, USA Judo’s Junior Olympic National Championship is well past huge and might be the largest of this premier tournament for youth ever.

Some of the divisions already have more than 20 boys and girls each, with kids attracted from all over the country and some international players. This is likely the largest Junior Olympics on record and it is definitely the largest event for USA Judo this year with more competitors than any other single event in 2012, event officials said.

Competition begins today, Friday, July 22, and continues Saturday and Sunday.

For results, go to USA Judo’s webpage at

2009/2010 Sanix Team members place in JF/JAJunior Nationals

July 20, 2011

Sanix Participants:


IJF Jr. -57kg: 2nd Place Daniela Gomez


IJF Jr. -90kg: 1st. Place – Matthew Kock – NJ

IJF Jr. -100kg: 1st.Place – L.A. Smith – NJ -2009

Juvenile B -66 kg:

  •  1st place-Michael Assels – TX
  • 2nd. Place- Riku Higashi – MI –

IJF Junior – 60kg: 1st. place – David Honda – CA

Congratulations to these contestants.  Special thanks to USJF, Konan Judo Association and Michigan Judo Development Association for past financial assistance for travel to Japan to the Sanix tournament.


Saito/Wee – Four silver Medals at USJF/USJA Junior Nationals

July 18, 2011

Saito/Wee Dojo snared four second place finishes in recent JF/JA Junior Nationals in Toledo.

Hard training and recent clinic attendance pays off as

  • Riku Higashi (Juvenile B 66 kg Division)
  • Harun Bogdanic (Juvenile 15/16 90kg and IJF Jr. 90 kg) and
  • Daniela Gomez (IJF Jr. 57 kg. Division)

all won silver medals and look forward to the Fall tournament season with the Rock and Roll/All Women’s Championship (Sept.25th in Cleveland, OH) and GLO (Oct. 16  in Grand Rapids, MI) all on the horizon.

Click here to support these young competitors by sponsoring them in the upcoming Michigan Judo Development Association Throw-a-thon.

Steven DeRaedt

Save The Date – Allegheny Youth Tournament

July 17, 2011

Details to follow.

Annual USJF Club Registration Notice

July 16, 2011

Renewing Konan dojos will receive their 2011/12 renewal registration package from the USJF National Office shortly and I would encourage your renewal with Konan and prompt reply.

The club registration deadline September 1, 2011.

Your continued support is what makes the clinics, tournaments, promotion management, and website possible both within the Yudanshakai and within the USJF.

New clubs, or dojos that may have let their 2010/11 registration lapse are also requested to review the new club registration file that is on the website.

I am available to answer questions.

Steven DeRaedt
President and Acting Registrar, Konan
Click here to e-mail
248 709 9330

Here are the necessary forms:

Club Registration Application

Certificate of Insurance Request

Indivdual Membership Form

Indivdual Membership Form

Save the Date – Konan Fall Joint Workout

July 15, 2011

Details to follow.

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