Archive for November, 2012

Konan Joint Workout Reschedule Details – January 12, 2013 – Findlay OH

November 25, 2012

Click here for details on the January 12, 2013 Joint Workout and Clinic.


Reminder – Kayla Harrison Clinic – November 30 & December 1

November 24, 2012


Next weekend Paul Jordan and Chu To Bu West host a two-day judo clinic led by Olympic Gold medalist Kayla Harrison.

Save by preregistering. Click here for details.


Video – Everybody Can Learn Judo – USJF

November 19, 2012

Find the Konan stars in this new USJF promotional video:

Video – Judo All Japan 2000: Inoue (JPN) – Suzuki (JPN)

November 17, 2012

Inoue knows a bit about ne-waza, too.

Mary Tono Memorial Service – November 17

November 16, 2012
A Memorial Service for Mrs. Mary Hisako Tono (Doug’s Mother) will be held on Saturday, November 17th, 2012 at 2:00pm, at the Midwest Buddhist Temple.


Midwest Buddhist Temple
435 W. Menomonee St,
Chicago, IL 60616

Donations in honor of Mary Tono can be made to the

”Japanese American Service Committee – Adult Day Care Program”.
 Japanese American Service Committee
4427 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
ATTN: Adult Day Care

This is a wonderful program that offers quality care to seniors. They took very good care of Mary while she participated in their program.

Mary enjoyed the company of the other seniors and the attention of the excellent caregivers.

Doug Tono

Tohkon Judo Academy
4427 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: 773.784.7766

Grand Slam Entry Update

November 11, 2012

Hi All,

Looks like we have had a positive response from the following dojos for the inaugural Grand Slam Team Invitational in Grand Rapids on Decemebr 29,

  •  MSU Judo
  • Saito-Wee
  • EMU
  • Godai Judo (Host Club)

I hope the rest of you can make it to this fun event. Click here for details.

Remember bragging rights for the State of Michigan are up for grabs!

Jim Murray
Godai Judo
President, Konan Judo Association

US Gold at IJF Grand Masters World Championships

November 10, 2012


U.S. athletes climbed the podium for three more gold medals today at the Grand Masters World Judo Championships as some of the youngest fighters stepped onto the mats at this premier tournament set near the mythic beaches of Miami, Florida.

This was Day 2 of the four-day Grand Masters, attended by nearly 900 athletes, ages 30+, from throughout the world, including almost 80 from France, 30 from Russia, 80 from Brazil and nearly 20 from Azerbaijan – almost 50 countries attended the event at the luxurious Doral Golf Resort & Spa.

Winning gold for the USA today were:

Suldbayar Damdin, 73 kg of the M1 age group, 30 – 35 years old. Damdin hails from Arlington Judo and Washington Judo clubs in Virginia.

Vitaliy Vanyan, 66 kg., also fighting in the youngest age division at the tournament. His home club is Glendale Scholars in the Los Angeles area.

Maje Omagbaluwaje, who fought in the 90 kg division of the M3 age group, 40 to 44 years old. Omagbaluwaje trains at the Tohkon Judo Club in Chicago.

Click here for full story.

Full results here.

USA Judo to Host 2013 World Cadet Championships in Miami

November 8, 2012

Grand Slam Team Invitational and Holiday Party, Saturday, December 29, 2012

November 4, 2012

Hi All,

I will be holding the first annual Grand Slam Team Invitational and Holiday Party, Saturday, December 29,2012. This is truly an invitational. Teams have been invited from:

  •  MSU Judo
  • Southside Dojo
  • Alliance AZO
  • Snyder Dojo
  • Saito-Wee
  • Oakland
  • Troy Judo
  • Godai Judo (Host Club)

We will hold it at 12:00 noon on 12/29 in my dojo. We have one full mat surface and a scoring board. Thus there is no set up or tear down. We will run it as 4 man teams so the smaller clubs can compete too. 4 minute match times. No yokos will be scored. A trophy will be awarded for first place.

Once done we will have a pot luck holiday party at my home. (Wives, families, girlfriends, all are welcome).

The tournament entry fee will be $50 per team. All proceeds going to Konan. This will be a sanctioned event so you will need a valid membership to one of the national organizations.

This one is for all the marbles, the whole enchilada, bragging rights for Michigan! Not to mention a lot of fun and good fellowship at the holidays.

Please click here let me know if your team is in!

Jim Murray
Godai Judo
President, Konan Judo Association

Young U.S. Sibling Judoka Take Gold, Silver at Flanders Cup

November 3, 2012

From USA Judo:

Two young sibling U.S. judo fighters, George and Annie Truong, took gold and silver medals respectively ths past Sunday at the super competitive Flanders Cup, an annual international tournament that attracts hundreds of top junior judoka from across Europe.

The Truongs added their medals to the bronze won by U.S. athlete Lauren De Smidt (Club Olympia Judo, Fond du Lac, WI) a day earlier at the Flanders Cup in Lommel, Belgium.

Both George, 18, and Annie, 16, hail from the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. George fought in the under 20-year-old division and Annie fought in U-17.  Their father, Paul truong, is Head Senei at Konan member club, Ju Shin Kan, of Colorado Springs CO.

Click here to read more.

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