Archive for August, 2012

Team USA’s Ron Hawthorne Takes 7th at Paralympics On First Day of Judo Competition

August 31, 2012
August 30, 2012 – Ron Hawthorne (U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, CO) finished 7th today in the 60kg division at the Paralympic Games in London, a great start for Team USA on this, the first of 3 days of competition.Hawthorne started out strong, defeating Ihor Zasyadkovych (UKR) with de ashi harai (foot sweep) for ippon.  In the quarter finals, Ron was pinned by eventual silver medalist,  Xiaodong Li (CHN). This put Ron into the repechage where he faced defending world and European Champion, Ben Quilter. With the crowd loudly and enthusiastically on Quilter’s side, Ron pressed the match, fighting hard against Quilter’s aggressive gripping.  Unfortunately, Ron was pinned midway through the match, ending his first Paralympic experience. Quilter went on to win a bronze medal.

Said coach Scott Moore, “Ron started the day strong with a decisive win against a tough competitor, but ran into some tough competition in the later rounds. We are very proud of his performance and 7th place finish. I look forward to continuing to work with Ron and seeing him on the podium in 2016.”

Click here for the complete story.

Click here to view Judo video from the 2012 Paralympics


Great Lakes Open Registration Package

August 29, 2012

Michigan Judo Development Association, in conjunction with Saito-dojo, Konan Judo Association and Judo Affiliates of Michigan, is pleased to host the 2012 Great Lakes Open Judo Championships on Sunday,  October 14,  2012, 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: 2012 Great Lakes Open Registration Packet

For more information about MJDA, click here.

4th IJF Grand Masters, Miami Fl, November 7, 8, 9, 2012

August 29, 2012

The IJf has awarded the 2012 IJF Grand Masters tournament to USA Judo and it will be hosted in Miami in November.  Masters competitors (30 years +), consider this opportunity to test your skills against the best in the world in your age and weight bracket. This is likely the most economical opportunity to participate in this tournament for the foreseeable future.

Click here for the full info packet on the 4th IJF Grand Masters Tournament

A Message from Judo New Zealand

August 28, 2012

From Rick Joseph:

Video – Judo 2012 World Masters Almaty: Sanjaasuren (MGL) – Morishita (JPN) [-66kg] semi-final

August 27, 2012

From Jerry jackson:

A safe time to attack without fear of a counter attack is demonstrated by Sanjaasuren (MGL) in White.

Zip through 85% of the clip and notice Morishita (JPN) Blue seems to have lost his concentration and his desire to defend against an attack. He has let go with this right hand and now it’s useless as a defensive tool. He doesn’t seem to have a sense of danger or fear of his opponent.

Sanjaasuren can’t believe his good fortune. He immediately takes a high upper sleeve grip on Morishita’s upper left arm to ensure that Morishita is unable to pull away from what comes next, a beautifully executed ashi waza. Notice the downward pulling of the sleeve by Sanjaasuren and how he tucks it in to create the torque needed to complete the throw. Outstanding competitive instincts and technique!!

Konan Judo Association New Life Members

August 26, 2012

Konan Judo Association is pleased to announce its two newest Life Members and recent promotions to Ikkyu. Both Frank Cuccia and Keith Hachey from OU Judo were promoted to Ikkyu in August and became Life Members of Konan. Congratulations!

Note that Konan LM Program is going to increase from $100 donation to $150 donation on January 2013.  Click here or contact  Michael Hart for more program details and benefits.

Robert Fukuda Family Olympic Fund Closing Report

August 24, 2012

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Judo Development Association, Inc., I am pleased to report the success of this fund raising effort. The purpose of the fund was to assist Robert Fukuda’s wife and mother to attend the Olympics in London to watch him on the mat, refereeing.

Thanks to the help of over 50 contributors, in just one month, we raised $6185.00, well over our goal of $3500.00. Contributors are listed on the attached list. For MJDA, this is one of the most successful funding campaigns ever.

Support came from across the American judo community, from members of all three national organizations. Many donations were accompanied by very touching words of affection and respect for Robert’s dedication to judo and his embodiment of the ideals of our sport. A letter of thanks from Robert, with photos from London, is attached.

Special thanks to Robert’s colleagues in the judo referee community, who gave generously, in addition to their ongoing contribution of their time to refereeing and their continual encouragement and support for Robert.

Thanks to the Executive Committees of the USJF and Konan Judo Association for permitting announcement of the Fund on their websites. Without that publicity we would not have succeeded.

Although the fund is now officially closed, donations have continued, and will be forwarded to Robert.

Thank you for your support.

Pete Catlos
Board Member
Michigan Judo Development Inc.

Marti & Kayla on FoxTV

August 23, 2012

Click here to view interview.

Reminder – MJDA George Balch Memorial Golf Outing This Sunday

August 22, 2012

Just a reminder – MJDA Balch Golf Outing and Dinner this Sunday.   Click for details.

If you wish to attend, please contact Mr. Noboru Saito by phone (248) 840-0013 or e-mail.

if you can not attend but wish to make a contribution  to MJDA to honor Mr. Balch, please send your check payable to MJDA (memo George Balch Outing) to:

Mr. Noboru Saito
139 Roth Blvd.
Clawson, MI 48017

Olympian Travis Stevens Clinic, Avon OH, September 7 & 8

August 19, 2012

When: Sept. 7 & 8


  • Sept. 7th 5:00-7:00 ($25 kids only)
  • Sept. 8th 1-4 (competitive judo)


Chu To Bu West Judo, Jujitsu & MMA
1384 Lear Industrial Parkway, Avon, OH

Cost: $60 pre-registration $75 same day

For more info click here for flier or contact:
Paul Jordan 440.937.6622  or 440.315.1358
Click to E-mail

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