Archive for April, 2013

Video Highlight Tokyo Grand Slam 2012

April 28, 2013


26 minutes of great judo!  Look for Kobayashi’s uchi-mata on Illiadis at the 23 minute mark.

Kobayashi-Illliadis 2012 Tokyo Grand Slam



Michigan Pair win Gold in Kata at USA Judo Senior Nationals

April 27, 2013
Stephen Morris Sensei

Stephen Morris Sensei
Japanese Martial Arts Center

Congratulations to Stephen Morris and Daniel Holland of Ann Arbor Japanese Martial Arts Center Gold Medalists in Nage No Kata.   The duo also won Silver in Goshin Jutsu.

IJF Grand Prix coming to Miami June 15

April 26, 2013

Amarilis Savon, Cuban Olympic Medalist and World Champion to Visit Michigan

April 24, 2013

Michigan Judo Development is pleased to announce plans for a clinic featuring one of Cuba’s best recent female judo players,  Amarilis Savon. The clinic is planned for July – Watch for details here shortly.  Thanks to Mr. Noboru Saito-sensei for arranging this special clinic.

Ms. Savon’s career highlights:

Olympic Games

  • Bronze 1992 Barcelona -48 kg
  • Bronze 1996 Atlanta -48 kg
  • Bronze 2004 Athens -52 kg

World Championships

  • Bronze 1995 Chiba -48 kg
  • Silver 1997 Paris -48 kg
  • Silver 1999 Birmingham -48 kg
  • Gold 2003 Osaka -52 kg

Pan American Games

  • Gold 1995 Mar del Plata -48 kg
  • Gold 1999 Winnipeg -48 kg
  • Gold 2003 Santo Domingo -52 kg

Ohio Judo Rules Clinic and Joint Workout

April 23, 2013

OSJILogo002The purpose of this event is to review, explain current interpretations, and answer questions about the competition rules to be used at judo events this year.

This should be beneficial for referees, coaches, players and parents.  It will also provide new players and experienced players the opportunity to work out with players from other clubs.

This event will also be used as a first step in training new referees, timers, and other tournament officials.

Click here for complete information: Ohio Judo Rules Clinic & Joint Workout

Date:  Sunday – April 28, 2013


Kettering Recreation Center
2900 Glengarry Drive
Kettering, Ohio 45429

North Coast Judo Championships – June 8 – Lorain OH

April 21, 2013




Saturday June 8th 2013

                                Tournament starts @ 10 a.m.

  Church on the North Coast Gym, Lorain, Ohio


  • Junior Competition & Senior Competition
  • Master Competition & Kata Competition

Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd for Shiai and Kata competition

Click here for for the flier: 2013 North Coast Judo Championships

Woody’s Dojo – New Website

April 20, 2013

Konan Judo Association member club, Woody’s Dojo of Rockton IL has a new website. Click here to check it out or contact by e-mail for more infomration.

Call for Referees 2013 Ontario Open

April 18, 2013

Hello fellow Referees and Referee Committee Chairs,

IpponI am pleased to invite you and your fellow referees (National “C” and higher) to officiate at the “2013 Ontario Open” for divisions U15, U18, U21, Seniors and Masters.

The tournament will take place at the MasterCard Centre, 400 Kipling Ave, Toronto (Etobicoke), ON, M8V 4L1 on Saturday May 18 and Sunday May 19, 2013. (Click here for tournament info). Referees are asked to present themselves to the Chief Referee in the Official’s lounge at the venue for a Roll-call by 0730 on both days.

Interested referees, please RSVP to pre-register for your accreditation by clicking on this e-mail link.

Referee accreditation will take place in the Official Hotel – Marriot Toronto Airport, 901 Dixon Road, Toronto, ON M9W 1J5 on Friday, May 17.

You must have accreditation to enter the tournament venue on Saturday and Sunday.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated prompt reply and we look forward to your attendance at the shiai.

Best Regards,
Frank Vossen
Chair, Referee Committee – Judo Ontario – Président des Comités d’Arbitrage
Chief Referee – 2013 Ontario Open – l’Arbitre en chef
Tel.: 519-825-3856

Konan Brings Home Gold and Bronze from Senior Nationals

April 17, 2013
Sensei Paul Jordan, Gold Medalist -90 kg. M5

Sensei Paul Jordan, Gold Medalist -90 kg. M5

With Chu To Bu/BRASA leading the way, Konan was well represented. In addition to the medal winning Chu To Bu/BRASA team, Jim Murray from Godai Judo and Rick Hysell, Alliance AZO, also competed hard. Congratulations to Sensei Paul Jordan for taking Gold and to all the Konan players.

Here is the full Chu To Bu Team, including Kyle Shepard who took Bronze in a Brown Belt 100+ kg. division.

Chu to Bu/BRASA Team 1st row Coach Tom Skaugen, Coach Lorey Edwards, Mark Burrows 100+ brown belt,  Paul Jordan, -90  M5 National Champ Row 2 Eric Schmidt -81 brown belt, Kyle Shepard Bronze Medal 100+ brown belt & Corey Shepard 100+ black bel

Chu to Bu/BRASA Team
1st row Coach Tom Skaugen, Coach Lorey Edwards, Mark Burrows 100+ brown belt, Paul Jordan, -90 M5 National Champ
Row 2 Eric Schmidt -81 brown belt, Kyle Shepard Bronze Medal 100+ brown belt & Corey Shepard 100+ black bel

Call to Referees – Irwin Cohen Memorial April 21

April 16, 2013
2013 Irwin Cohen
Chief Referee Dr. Gary Berliner and Tournament Director Aaron Cohen have asked that this announcement be distributed to National Referees as an invitation to participate in this Evaluation event.

Click here for Tournament Announcement.

Ralph Palmer
Assistant to the Chairman
USA Judo Referee Commission

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