Archive for May, 2012

Jerry Wee-sensei Honored at Am Can International Judo Challenge

May 31, 2012

At the recent Am Can International Judo Challenge, Jerry Wee, Head Sensei at Konan and JAM member club, Macomb Y Judo, was awarded the Dr. Sachio Ashida Distinguished Service Award.

This award seeks to recognize and honor individuals who give of themselves unselfishly to promote, develop and support the sport of Judo, while exhibiting the highest degree of  character and ethical standards.

Those of you who know Jerry know that he indeed exemplifies these qualities.  Beginning at the Detroit Judo Club under John Osako-sensei, for almost a half century Jerry has contributed to judo as an elite competitor, a coach, a teacher, a referee and a devoted fund-raiser and board member for the Michigan Judo Development Association .  In addition to being a friend to judo, Jerry is a friend to every judoka he meets.

In typical fashion, at this year’s Am Can, in addition to refereeing, Jerry escorted a group of a half-dozen or so young judoka  to the tournament and guided them to a very successful experience. I am sure he also twisted a few arms and sold some merchandise to support MJDA, too.

The award is given with the permission of the Ashida Family, to honor Dr. Ashida’s nearly eight decades of enrichment to the sport of judo.  Congratulations to Jerry Wee-sensei for this well deserved recognition!

Pete Catlos
Student of Jerry Wee



May 31, 2012
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Konan Honors Michael Eldred with Life Membership

May 24, 2012

Today, the Executive Committee of the Konan Judo Association awarded Michael Eldred of Fruitland ID an Honorary Konan Life Membership.

This award is in recognition of  Michael’s dedication, perseverance. tenacity and accomplishment in elite international competitive judo and his embodiment of the ideals of judo.

Michael resides in a remote area of the country. He has had to travel far afield at great personal expense over many years for top international competition and training.  He has made many personal sacrifices striving to excel at judo.

Despite this busy schedule, Michael has been a great friend to Konan, leading several clinics for our young players.  During his visits, he has shown himself to be an exceptional role model for our Konan kids, and for all judoka. embodying the ideals of judo:  Michael is modest , unassuming, hard-working and fully committed to the sport of judo.

At the same time, Michael understands the importance of education, and reminded our young judoka that they must be good students and good citizens as well as good judo players.

Thank you, Michael for your commitment to judo and for your friendship and help to the young judoka of Konan. We are proud to welcome you as an honorary member of our yudanshakai.

The award will be presented to Michael at the 2012 Junior Nationals in Spokane in July.

Steven DeRaedt
Konan Judo Association

2012 Busan International Sports Festival (Judo)

May 23, 2012

A message from Mr. Joon K. Chi, Chairman of the USJF Referee Development Committee:

Hello everyone.

This will be the 5th time USJF high school development program will attend the Festival in Busan, Korea. It will be July 21–July 28. This is a training camp and Shiai for High School students. If you are interested in attending, here are the requirements:

  • USJF member
  • 10-12th grade in high school
  • 70 kg or more (because open weight categories)
  • Approval of parents and coach
  • Provide your own round trip ticket (room and board are provided by the Organizing Committee)
  • Individuals must have health insurance

In the past this has been a wonderful cultural and learning experience and I look forward to another great week in Busan with young US students.


Joon K. Chi

Interested students should have their sensei contact Mr. Steven DeRaedt, Konan President by e-mail at once.

Only Four Openings Left in Women’s Self-Defense Clinic

May 22, 2012

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Video – A Champion of Judo – Yoshihiro Uchida

May 22, 2012

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Women’s Self-Defense Clinic, Rochester Hills MI

May 19, 2012

Only 7 openings left!

WHEN:  Saturday, June 16th and June 30th from 10:30 AM to 12:15 PM (Class size limited to 25)

LOCATION: 1771 Star-Batt Dr., Rochester Hills, MI  just east of Crooks/North of M59 (look for Speedway Gas Station)


  • Self-defense and falling disciplines/awareness
  • Introduction to basic self-defense techniques and legal perspective (what does “stand your ground mean”?)
  • Participation with others in a safe and supportive environment
  • Another more comprehensive course series (4 classes) will be offered at later date


  • Steven DeRaedt, USJF Certified Self Defense Instructor and 5th Degree Black Belt in Judo
  • Tomas Gomez, USJF Certified Self Defense Instructor, and 1st Degree Black Belt in Judo
  • Steve Curtis, Oakland County Sheriff, and 1st Degree Black Belt in Judo

ATTIRE:  Comfortable long sleeve/pants clothing, (i.e. workout clothing)

Click here for the full flier and registration form.

2012 AmCan Judo Challenge – May 26 & 27

May 18, 2012

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Reminder for Non-profits – IRS Form 990 due May 15

May 12, 2012

Many Konan and JAM clubs are non-profits.  This is a reminder that the deadline small tax-exempt organizations to file their annual IRS Form 990-N  IRS Form 990-N is May 15. If your organization is a non-profit, check with your tax advisor to determine if you are required to file.

Correction – Live Video – Hour of Power is 2:00 pm Eastern Time Saturday, May 12

May 11, 2012

Correction – Live Video – Hour of Power is 2:00  pm Eastern Time. Saturday, May 12.

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Click here for more information on the USA-Judo World Cup in Miami and the live streaming video.

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