Archive for July, 2012

From USA Today: USA’s Marti Malloy earns bronze medal in judo!

July 30, 2012

Story and photo by Matt Kryger, USA TODAY Sports

LONDON – Marti Malloy came up short Monday in her bid to become the first U.S. man or woman to win a gold medal in Olympic judo. But she earned a bronze with a match-ending throw, and bronze is nearly as rare for U.S. women in judo.

Marti Malloy of the United States celebrates after winning the women's 57 kg judo bronze medal.Marti Malloy of the United States celebrates after winning the women’s 57 kg judo bronze medal.

Marti Malloy of the United States celebrates after winning the women’s 57 kg judo bronze medal.

Malloy, 26, won the bronze by ippon (judo’s version of a walk-off homer) when she threw Giulia Quintavalle of Italy with 2:34 elapsed in their five-minute match for one of two bronze medals awarded in the 126-pound weight class.

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Thanks to NBC for providing complete coverage of all Olympic Judo contests, live and on delayed on-demand replay.


Olympic Judo – Where & When – Revised

July 28, 2012

Due to broadcast rights issues, Olympic Judo is not available on the IJF wesbite, only on

Click here to view the judo page.

For the NBC online schedule, click here.

NBC Sports – Draw determines Americans’ paths to the podium

July 27, 2012

From NBC:

With the draw completed— and brackets determined—Team USA’s five judokas have started preparing for their paths to the medal podium.

Head coach Jimmy Pedro believes the draws give the Americans several chances at returning home with some hardware, and the two-time Olympic medalist knows exactly what it takes to excel on this stage.

“In an unbelievable Olympics, all of them would do it,” Pedro said.  “And that is entirely possible.”

Kayla Harrison, seeded fourth in the women’s -78kg/172 lb. weight class remains Team USA’s best chance at not just securing any medal, but the country’s first ever gold in judo.  Pedro said that Harrison’s looming quarterfinal matchup against Abigel Joo of Hungary could be her most difficult one, but that they are prepared.

Click here for full American draw story

Click for times to watch Olympic judo on NBC online.

Olympic Judo – Where and When

July 27, 2012

UPDATE: Olympic Judo is not available on the IJF web site due to broadcast rights limitations. Click here  for viewing information.

Judo starts July 28 thru Aug 3 and the Detroit times are below.

All the matches are on the IJF judo channel.  Go to and click on “Judo TV” in the right hand column of the webpage.

Detroit time:

  • Eliminations – 4:30AM
  • Semi Finals, repechage and Bronze – 9AM
  • Finals – 11:10 Am

Dan Mitoraj

NPR Story – In Kayla Harrison, U.S. Has Chance For Judo Gold, And A ‘Comeback Kid’ Story

July 26, 2012
Kayla Harrison, who is on the U.S. judo team, is going to the Olympics for the first time.

Melanie Stetson Freeman/Christian Science Monitor/Getty Images

Story by Karen Given, NPR

Kayla Harrison, 22, is the best chance the United States has to win its first Olympic gold medal in the sport of judo. Like many of the world’s best athletes, Harrison’s road to London wasn’t easy.

Since she was little, Kayla Harrison has only had two goals. To win a world championship, which she did in 2010, and to win an Olympic gold medal, which she’ll attempt for the first time in London.

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Reminder George Balch Memorial Golf Outing – August 26

July 25, 2012

REMINDER –  August 26 – The George Balch Memorial Golf Outing, organized by Mr. Noboru Saito, on behalf of Michigan Judo Development Association to benefit the USJF George Balch Scholarship Fund, the USJF Noboru Saito Referee Fund and to assist aspiring Michigan judoka in travel and other related expenses

Please consider joining us for this fun event – your participation helps Michigan judo and honors Mr. Balch, friend and mentor to many in Michigan Judo and in the USJF   – Click here for details.

Konan Promotional Clinic, September 16 – Ann Arbor MI

July 24, 2012

DATE: Sunday, September 16, 2012


  • Registration 11:00 AM  – 12:00 Noon
  • Training and Review – 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  • Testing – 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM


  • $20.00 for the workshop
  • $10.00 for the testing
  • $20.00 optional USJF Kata  “C” Certification

LOCATION (Click here for map):

Ann Arbor YMCA
350 south Fifth Street
Ann Arbor MI 48104-2218


Mr. Don Flagg, Rokudan, Chair Konan Board of Examiners USJF A Kata Instructor and Judge.

Assisting Mr. Flagg will be Mrs. Frances Glaze, Rokudan, Konan Promotional Chair, USJF A Kata Instructor and Judge.

Also assisting will be other members of the Konan Promotion Committee.

Please read the clinic flier for important registration requirements and deadlines: Fall 2012 Konan Promotional Clinic Workshop Flyer

Key dates:

  • August 16, 2012: Form 20 and Konan Candidate Evaluation Form due
  • September 16, 2012: Background check must be submitted to USJF National Office

2012 World Flash Review – Referee Clinic – Saito-dojo – August 19, 2012

July 22, 2012

Date:    August 19, 2012


Registration: 12:30 – 1:00 PM
Clinic: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Birmingham YMCA (judo dojo)
400 E. Lincoln
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 644-9036

Cost (Donation): $10 for registered referees. $25 non-referees

Clinician: Mr. Noboru Saito Hachidan, IJF ‘A’

Subject: World Flash 2012

Click here for registration form: 2012-08-19 Referee Clinic Flyer Form

If you submit the registration by e-mail, be sure to print the waiver, then complete it and bring with you to the clinic.

2012 Meijer State Games of Michigan Judo Results

July 19, 2012

Hi All,

Thanks to all who attended the Michigan State Games Judo Tournament. You all made it a huge success.

Please see the attached results: 2012 Michigan State Games Results

Also, it is not too early to start planning for the 2012 Great Lakes Open in Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 14, 2012.

Hope to see you all at the GLO.


Jim Murray
Godai Judo
Ph: 616-293-1568
E-Mail: Click here
Web: Godai Judo, Grand Rapids MI

A ‘Break’ – The Bad Kind – Leads USA Judo’s Kyle Vashkulat to Olympics

July 19, 2012

By Ernest Pund, USA Judo Communications

Kyle Vashkulat has a vivid memory of the pivotal moment that put him on a path to the Olympics … and no wonder. He was 14 and fighting at a regional tournament hosted by his club, Liberty Bell Judo near Philadelphia. His opponent went for a leg pick, and Vashkulat reached back to break his fall and block the score. He broke his arm instead, suffering a spiral fracture to the humerus, the heavy bone in the upper arm. “It was like you’d take a stick and start twisting until it breaks completely apart,” Vashkulat recalled.

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