Archive for September, 2013

IMPORTANT – Michigan Concussion Law Update – Mandatory Compliance

September 30, 2013

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Online trainingAs of this writing 38 states have passed a head injury law (focusing on concussion for youth) which includes judo and judo class activities.  In response to this action we have taken the following position that was passed pending legal review (which took place) at then last Board of Directors Meeting.

We have finalized the Konan Policy and Procedure in regards to head injuries in close consultation with the Konan and JAM attorney and the USJF attorney.  This policy and procedure is based on the Michigan Law.  For those of you not in Michigan we suggest you speak to your attorneys to ensure our policy and procedures are aligned with your state laws regarding head injuries and concussions. 


Click here to visit the full  CDC concussion website.

A certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of the approximately 1/2 hour course and a copy is to be sent to the Executive Director (Neil Simon is executive director for both organizations) by e-mail (click here).  The course should be completed ASAP.

For those out of Michigan it would be very helpful to let us know the modifications to the policy and procedure your legal advisor recommend so we can have it for the record.

I have attached for your use the following:

    Judo Concussion Policies For the State of Michigan Members
    Parent and athlete info sheet compliance statement

Compliance is mandatory!

If you have any questions about the mandatory compliance please contact Jim Murray, Konan President, or Neil Simon, JAM President and Executive Director for Konan and JAM.

This policy and procedure will be in force  at the GLO!!!

Thanks for all your help and participation. 

For Jim Murray, President
Neil Simon, Executive Director


Konan Fall Promotional Success

September 30, 2013

At this past weekend’s Konan Fall Promotional Clinic, candidates and examiners are smiling!

2013 Konan Fall Promotional

USJF B.C. Dage Corporation Athlete Travel Grant deadline – October 1

September 29, 2013

New USJF LogoThe deadline for this quarter’s Dage Travel Grant is this Tuesday, October 1.  Apply now if you qualify.

The B.C. Dage Corporation Athlete Travel Grant has been established by a generous donation to USJF to support travel for competition or training for up-and-coming USJF athletes.


  • Applications available – NOW
  • Applications due – 1 October 2013
  • Decisions will be made by 17 October 2013

Applications: The application form is here on the USJF web site.

Please e-mail applications to both:

Leslie Minot, Committee Chair
USJF National Office

Maumee bay Classic – October 26, 2013 – Toledo OH

September 24, 2013

Click here for the 2013 Maumee Bay Entry Packet

Fred Zimmer Memorial Service – Sunday, October 13

September 22, 2013

Fred ZimmerA memorial service for the late Fred Zimmer will be held on Sunday, October 13th at 1p.m. at Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church, Southfield MI. Fred was Shojin Judo‘s operations director as well as a coach for beginning and advanced beginning students. He was also a clinical psychologist, social worker, and taught Psychology at Oakland Community College.  Sadly, Fred passed away due to an illness on 29 August 2013.

Location details:

Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church, 23925 Northwestern Highway ,Southfield, MI 48075-2528. Telephone: 248-354-4488.

The best access is from Evergreen onto Northwest, a right turn if you’re coming in from the south, a left if from the north.  The church entrance is a bit tricky.  It is  the driveway before the first traffic signal you come to after you turn onto Northwest.  Click here for more directions.

The service starts at one and will probably last until 2:30 or so.  It will be followed by light refreshments in the church’s  social hall with access to the room where Fred’s give “a-ways” will be spread out for whoever would like to take something or things.  I know that this is the same date as the GLO.  If you are in town please try to attend. The support would be appreciated.

Fred has designated Shojin Judo as the recipient for those wanting to make a memorial contributions.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me by e-mail.

Neil Siimon

Shojin Judo

Reminder – Cleveland Judo Doubleheader This Weekend

September 19, 2013

This weekend, take advantage of two competitions on one weekend in one city:

All Womens’ Championships and Rock and Roll Shiai

And between tournaments you can get some rest and watch the Tribe play the Astros – Remember the Indians’ motto: Good seats always available!

World Silver Medalist Marti Malloy – Clinic Details – October 19

September 16, 2013

Olympic Bronze Medalist, 2013 World Silver Medalist and top 2016 Olympic medal prospect, Marti Malloy is coming to Saito-dojo, at the Birmingham Michigan Family Y on Saturday, October 19 for two clinic sessions

Pre-register for one or both sessions and save.  The clinic curriculum will be suitable for all skill levels.

Click here for the full flyer and registration package.

Organized by Michigan Judo Development Association with the assistance of Konan Judo Association.

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