Archive for October, 2012

SafeSport Code Now Available for USA Judo Coaches

October 31, 2012

Coaches, the SafeSport Code is now available through USA Judo.  Please e-mail  Kevin Wagoner in the National Office at  for this code.

Please remember, satisfactory completion of this course is a requirement for USA Judo club membership.  For more information on the course, please click here.

Questions?  E-mail Corinne Shigemoto of USA Judo.


Konan Joint Workout Date Change – Saturday, January 12, 2013

October 30, 2012

Date changed to avoid conflict with the upcoming Kayla Harrison Clinic.

Click here for Konan Joint Workout information.

2012 Great Lakes Open Results

October 23, 2012

2012 Great Lakes Open

Congratulations to all participants for making the 2012 GLO a success – we had a fun, injury-free day and made a great financial contribution to Michigan Judo Development.

Special thanks to all the volunteers who made the event possible, especially our referees.

Congratulations to Junior Team Winners (based on total individual points): 2012 GLO Results

  1. Cohen Brothers Judo
  2. Anderson Y Judo
  3. Godai Judo

Click here for  Individual Shiai, Kata and Senior Team Results.

Jim Murray
Konan President
Tournament Director

Yone – Autobiography of Yoshiada Yonezuka-sensei – Now Available

October 21, 2012

From Larry Labrador

Yoshisada Yonezuka, Sensei, 9th Dan, came to the USA in the early 1960’s after graduating from Nihon University in Japan. ‘Yone’, as many of his students and friends call him.

Sensei Yonezuka has recently published the English version of his book titled, YONE. The book is full of challenging and amazing judo stories, such as building Olympic champions, World champions, becoming an Olympic Coach and many others in addition to a touch of his personal life that makes the reading really fascinating.

After I came from Cuba to New York, in 1969, I was very lucky to be one of his black belt students at Cranford Judo & Karate Center, New Jersey for a few years before I moved to Miami in 1976. I just finished reading his book and I enjoyed it very much. I hope most of you have the opportunity to order it.

Sensei Yonezuka, will autograph the book on your name when you order it.

Clicke here to order

Ontario Youth International – November 10 & 11, 2012 – Brampton ON

October 20, 2012

Click here for full Technical Package


New Book: Origins of Pan American Judo

October 18, 2012

Order from Amazon or directly from Guardia-sensei. Print this page and mail with your name, address and a check for $28.00 (includes shipping) to:

 Mr. Luis Guardia
8835 SW 43rd. Ter.
Miami, FL 33165-5331

IJF Grand Masters Hotel Deadline is Today

October 12, 2012

From Robert Fuuda, USJF Executive Director:

Hello Everyone,

The 4th IJF Grand Masters World Judo Championships, to be held in the international city of Miami, Florida is soon approaching and the late entry deadline is October 15th. You still have time to save money on your entry registration if you go on line and register by midnight.  After October 15th you may continue to register paying a higher entry
Click here for more information

Veterans Day Judo Tournament, Deerfield IL – November 17, 2012

October 12, 2012

Cohen Brothers Judo  Tournament for Juniors, Seniors and Masters – click here for details: 2012 Veterans Day Judo Tournament

Julio Clemente Get Well Fund

October 10, 2012

Dear US Referees and Friends of Judo,

As you may know, over the last 2 years our friend and head of referee commission for PJC, Julio Clemente, has been battling cancer. His status has not improved and to some degree is much worse than a year ago. He continues to be in much pain and is not able to leave his home, except for his treatments.

Julio has been out of work for a full 2 years and, since he was self employed in the field of construction, he had no insurance and as an American citizen is just relying on his Medicare and other federal assistance he gets in Puerto Rico. Further, to make his life more challenging, now his only support is his son and whoever else comes around to assist him.

Please consider helping Julio to the extent that you are able by donating to  the Julio Clemente Get Well Fund managed by Michigan Judo Development Association, Inc (MJDA). Click here for the donation form and details.

Please consider donating to the fund by November 8, 2012.

Thank you very much for your consideration and please send contributions to:

 Mr. Noboru Saito
Michigan Judo Development Association, Inc.
139 Roth Blvd.
Clawson, MI 48017

 Please mark your check “Julio Clement Get Well Fund” and make check payable to “Michigan Judo Development Association”.

Thank you.

Mr. Noboru Saito
Michigan Judo Development Association, Inc.

Great Lakes Open Reminder – Sunday, October 14 – Grand Rapids MI

October 9, 2012

2012 Great Lakes Open

It is not too late to register for the 2012 Great Lakes Open – click here for further information.

Record numbers are expected.

All proceeds support Michigan Judo Development, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to supporting the Olympic sport of judo.

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