Archive for February, 2013

Club Profile: Chu To Bu/Brasa, Avon OH

February 23, 2013

Chu To Bu Club Photo

USA Judo Profiles Konan member club, Chu To Bu West:

Seven years ago, the path became clear – the dojo would have to be profitable.

Paul Jordan had been spending 20 to 25 hours a week on his club and training, on top of his work in sales for a major brewing company. “I wanted to build a successful judo club that was a profitable endeavor,” he said.

Jordan and his wife, Sue, left their jobs and turned their full focus on finding a new strategy for the sport. The new litmus test brought a number of changes, including this: a big jump in the number of students, up from about 25 to nearly 95 currently.

Click here to read the the full story.


USA Judo To Offer Coaching Clinic Online

February 21, 2013
Photo by USA Judo

Photo by USA Judo

By Ernest Pund, USA Judo Communications


Your calling is to be a judo coach. But maybe you live in a remote farming town of North Dakota and it is so cold outside that your car won’t start. Or maybe you’re just crazy busy at work. Traveling to a certification clinic is costly.

The solution is coming soon. USA Judo is producing an online coaching course that you will take at your convenience. This online course will provide a would-be sensei with the essential knowledge and training to be certified by USA Judo for the most basic level of coaching, said Pat Burris, two-time Olympian, head of USA Stars Sports Training Centers in Oklahoma and chair of USA Judo’s Coaches Education Committee.

Among the topics covered will be:

  • Legal and liability issues of running a club
  • Competition rules and organization
  • Strength and conditioning exercises
  • The history of judo
  • Injuries and basic first aid
  • Teaching the basic techniques

Plans for the course include a final exam, Burris said. USA Judo understands that it can be difficult to reach one of the live clinics offered by USA Judo for certification, he said. “And we know there are judoka out there who would make great coaches but can’t get to the clinics.”

In addition to offering the online course, Burris said, USA Judo wants to assemble a bank of resource material for coaches, including videos and articles on a variety of topics.

Stay tuned for more information soon.

By Ernest Pund, USA Judo Communications

Konan Kata Clinic Series Continues

February 17, 2013

konan-logo3DATES:  March 3,  May 19, and June 16, 2013

PURPOSE: To train judoka in Kata and to produce judges and instructors for USA Judo and USJF.


  • March 3, 2013, Goshinjutsu
  • May 19, 2013, Kime no Kata & Itsutsu no Kata
  • June 16, 2013, Koshiki no Kata



  • $25.00 for Clinic
  • Testing and certification for:
    • USA Judo Judging: $25.00
    • USJF Teaching: $20.00

Please click her for Registration Form.  Please complete and bring to clinic(s).

Ju no Kata, Goshinjutsu, and Koshiki no Kata

  • 10:45 to 11:00 AM Registration
  • 11:00 to 3:00 PM Clinic

Kime no Kata and Itsutsu no Kata

  • 11:15 to 11:30AM Registration
  • 11:30 to 3:30 clinic


Noboru Saito, Hachidan, Frances Glaze, Rokudan (A Teacher and Judge in 7 Katas), Don Flagg,
Rokudan , Tom Sheehan, Rokudan, Neil Simon, Godan (A Teacher and Judge in 5 Katas)

2013 Rules Change Clinic – N. Saito, IJF-A – March 9

February 16, 2013

IpponDate: March 9, 2013

Topic: 2013 Rule Changes

Clinician: Mr. Noboru Saito Hachidan, IJF ‘A’, Olympic and World Championship Finals Referee


Registration; 12:30 – 1:00 PM
Clinic: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Include practical practice)
Certification (Local Level): 1:40pm to 3:00pm


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

Cost: $10 for registered referees,  $20 non-referees. Proceeds to the benefit of Michigan Judo Development Association

Please complete this form and bring to clinic: 2013-03-09 Saito Referee Clinic Registration Form

Local Level Referee Certification available.

Note: Bring your gi to the clinic.

ELIGIBILITY: All contestants must present a valid U.S.J.I., U.S.J.F. or U.S.J.A card at the workshop site. If you cannot produce a card, in order to participate, you will need to purchase a membership on site. Foreign participants must have the proper ID from their home country.


February 11, 2013
USA Judo Logo Vertical 2009 RPlease click this link to the rule clarifications that was prepared by the USA Judo Referee Commission and USA Judo High Performance based on the rule changes meeting held in Mexico City last weekend.  Note that these rules do not go into effect until March 22, 2013, after both the Konan Invitational and the Michigan Open.

Click here for video examples.

Please feel free to forward on!

Rules Clinic, March 9, 2013, Saito-dojo


Judo World Mourns Passing of Keiko Fukuda-sensei, 10th dan

February 10, 2013

keiko fukuda 10e dan-1From Robert Fukuda, USJF Executive Director:

Hello Everyone,

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Keiko Fukuda Sensei passed away at about 2:30 PM today, Saturday, 2/9/13. Fukuda Sensei was 99 years of age.

We will provide more information as we receive it.

Thank you very much.

Special Competition & Coaching Clinic with Hiroaki Kugisaki-sensei, 7th Dan – March 17, 2013

February 8, 2013

Konan Yudanshakai and Saito/Wee Dojo, with the assistance of USJF are pleased to host a clinic aimed at teaching how to train and coach Junior High and High School aged judo players.


Senseis and judokas alike will gain a tremendous wealth of knowledge from attending the clinic and will have the ability to interact and ask questions in an informal setting.

The clinic is on Sunday, March 17, 2013 from 12noon – 2pm with Randori from 2:10pm to 2:40pm.

Cost (check payable to MJDA):

  • Individual: $25 for single day
  • Family rate (for families where there are more than one judoka) is $40

Saito/Wee Dojo at the Birmingham YMCA at 400 E. Lincoln Street, Birmingham, MI 48009 (248) 430-4083

Guest Instructors:

We are fortunate to Mr. Hiroaki Kugisaki, 7th Dan, join us again from Fukuoka, Japan. Sensei Kugisaki, is the Teacher & Head Judo Coach at Hakko Junior High School. He is also the head sensei for the Sanix training camp – a camp dedicated to the teaching and development of international Jr. High School Judo Judoka. Many of his students have become Japanese National Team members and medalists at the All-Japan Weight Championships.

Also this year, we have Miss. Ikezaki who was All Japan Junior Champion and All Kyushu Champion.

Click here for the filer and registration package: 2013 Special Sanix Coaching Clinic


February 5, 2013
The 2013 Senior National Visually Impaired, International Masters, Brown Belt and Kata Judo Championships will be held in Virginia Beach, Virginia on April 13-14, 2013. The venue site will be the Virginia Beach Convention Center and headquarter hotel will be the historic Cavalier Hotel.
 Please e-mail Corinne Shigemoto with any questions

USJF Master Coach Certification Clinic – Sensei Jerry Wee Report

February 2, 2013

New USJF LogoSensei Jerry Wee of Saito-Wee Dojo, with assistance from Konan Judo Association, attended the USJF Master Coach Certification Clinic at the USJF Fall meetings held in Irving TX.

The program was part if USJF’s program of teaching and coaching education program with the objective of creating more qualified Master Coaches who can then, in turn, train others as certified judo coaches.

If you are interest in becoming a USJF certified coach, click here to e-mail Sensei Wee.

Here is Sensei Wee’s report:

2012 USJF Master Coach Certification Clinic Report

I’d like to thank Konan and it’s Executive Committee for supporting my participation to this years USJF Master Coach Certification Clinic/Course, held in conjunction with the USJF National Development Conference in Irving, Texas 10/29 & 10/30.

The moderators were Hayward Nishioka & Mitchell Palacio. They were excellent. The textbook used for the course “Training For Competition Judo” is the same textbook to be used for all USJF coach certification clinics and is included in the cost of the certification. The textbook is excellent and covers coaching strategies and the science for success.

Click here to read the full report

2013 Presidents’ Cup – November 24, 2013 – Irving TX

February 1, 2013

2013 President's Cup

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