Archive for February, 2014

Tohkon Judo Academy Training Camps – Masters and Seniors

February 28, 2014

TohkonClick here for our 2014 Senior/Masters Training Camp Schedule. This Thursday, Friday and Saturday is our first camp.

We also have the Elite German Team coming in next week too.

On a side note-
Recently, I’ve had an influx of excellent woman judo players. One Mongolian girl (63kg) joined Tohkon and has been working out with us on a regular basis. Two of her friends, also 63kg, have started coming around too. All of them were on the Mongolian National Team and very good competitors.

Zarife (Dilek) Ivascu, my 16 time Turkish National Champion is back on the mat starting to work out again after taking time off to start her family life. She is still tough as ever.

I know it’s difficult for girls in our area to get a good workout, so pass the word around that they can come to Tohkon and get a great workout with world class woman judoka and of course many other light weight men too. They will all be at our Training Camp this coming week. Hope to see you and your girls there!

Please call me if you have any questions.

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

Konan Invitational Tomorrow – Register at the Door

February 22, 2014

Open Division

Shintaro Nakano Clinic – May 17 – Birmingham MI

February 21, 2014

Shintaro NakanoFeatured Clinician: Shintaro Nakano, Yodan, Current San Jose State University Judo Coach (see background below)

Where: Saito Dojo at Birmingham YMCA, 400 E. Lincoln, Birmingham, MI48009

When:             Saturday, May 17, 2014

Registration:    12:15pm – 12:45pm

Clinic Start:     1pm to 3:50pm (includes some break time)

Randori:           4pm to 4:45pm

Contact:          Noboru Saito e-mail or call 248-840-0013. Registration form will be posted shortly.

Requirements:  Need current USJI, USJF, USJA card for each participant and a Waiver and Release of Liability and Agreement to Participate must be completed

Cost:    $30 for Pre-registration (good reason, clinic fee can be refundable),  $40 for on site registration

Coach Nakano’s Judo Achievements:

  • Black Belt 4th Dan
  • Trained Marti Malloy – 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist, 2013 Silver Medalist World Championships for USA
  • 1st place 2012 and 2013 National Collegiate Judo Championships
  • 1st place All Japan Industrial Championships – 60 kg. – 2004
  • 1st place Japan National Junior Championships – 60 kg. – 1998 and 1999
  • Japanese National Team – 66 kg. – 2006 to 2008 and 1998 to 2004


February 20, 2014


Saturday, May 10, 2014

HOSTED BY: Mideast Cudell Judo Club. Click here to e-mail or phone (216) 287-0795

SANCTIONED BY: United States Judo Federation – Sanction Number: 14-05-02

LOCATION: Cudell Recreation Center, 1910 West Blvd.,  Cleveland OH 44102


Preregister via email or online and pay at the door and save $10.00! All we need for online registration is your info, we will collect the money on the day of the tournament. This will speed up pool assignments on the day of the tournament.

To preregister  click here to go to the tournament web site and follow the instructions.

Email and online registration closes at 11:59 PM May 10, 2014

Click here for the mail-in Flyer : 2014 AKIYA TOURNAMENT Flyer

“Judo for Africa Program” at Judo@UH Seeks Old Judo Gis

February 17, 2014


Hi Konan and JAM Judoka,

I went back to Japan during new years and attended the Saitama Kenritsu Urawa High School alumni association meeting. I just wanted to let all of you know that my senpai, Y. Yamamoto Sensei (70 years old), who build a Yamamoto dojo in Mauritania (He is a father of Judo in Mauritania), appreciated all Judo gi donations from US.

UH AlumniAccording to Yamamoto Sensei, there are now 121 Judoka in Mauritania. Special thanks to Saito Dojo, YMCA-Ann Arbor, Judoka of University of Michigan, and Judo Team at the University of Hawaii, as well as other USJF members who donated their old gis, 2 years ago.

Yamamoto Sensei is now working with few other Judoka in Japan such as H. Hasegawa Sensei (Senpai) and Kitajima sensei (Tokai U alumni) to help rebuild Judo in Rwanda. As you may know, Rwanda economy was hit hard from the genocide that occurred 17 years ago. So, they are trying revive the Judo program. There are 28 judoka registered in Rwanda Judo federation as of now. I’ve heard that they’ve already put in a paper work to JICA to send Judo instructor from japan but, they still don’t have enough Judo gi to promote Judo there.

Therefore, Judo Team at UH will be collecting old Judo gi and plan to send the gi to Rwanda this summer. If you or you know any one that have old judo gi that they would like to donate to Rwanda, please contact us. Any size or any condition is fine. Old belts are also welcome.

Click here for more information: Judo for Africa program at Judo@UH


S. Taniguchi (Email)

Head Coach, Judo Club/Team at the University of Hawaii
Website:  and Facebook

Phone: (808)221-9025

The “Judo Club/Team at the University of Hawaii” is a Registered Independent Organization (RIO) of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The club/team is open to registered students or affiliates of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Although this RIO has members who are University of Hawai’i at Manoa students, faculty, or employees, the RIO is independent of the University which is not responsible for the RIO’s contracts, acts or omissions.

Preregister for the Konan Invitational – February 15 Deadline

February 14, 2014

konan-logo3This Saturday, February 15, is the deadline for preregistration  savings for the Konan Invitational entries.

Register by February 15 to save money.

Mail in entries are accepted after February 15 and contestants may register at the door on February 23 in East Lansing.

Click here for the registration package.


February 14, 2014
Friday, February 14 is the first mail in entry deadline for these championships.  Entries must be postmarked by 2/14 to receive the discount. 

For entry forms and more information, please click here.

Click here for on line registration.

Please note, verification of U.S. Citizenship and date of birth must be verified in the database prior to registering on line.  For verification, please send a copy of the athletes birth certificate or picture passport page  by e-mail or fax to 719-866-4733.  Verification will only be processed during normal business hours, 8:00am-4:00pm mst Monday through Friday.

Deadline for hotel reservations at the Marriott Dallas Las Colinas, which is the headquarter hotel, is on Monday February 24.   For Reservations Call: 1-800-264-1178 or 972-831-0000. Ask for the Judo rate

Rules Clinic Reminder – This Sunday – Saito-dojo

February 13, 2014

IpponJust a reminder – Please register for the Rules Update Clinic to be held this Sunday

This clinic is for all referees , as well as for competitors and coaches who need to understand the new rules for competition

Click here for details.

Amarilis Savón, Cuban Olympic Medalist and World Champion Returns to Michigan

February 10, 2014

Michigan Judo Development is pleased to announce that  Amarilis Savón,  one of the best Cuban elite female judo players in recent times is returning to Michigan for a two-day clinic. The clinic will be held on March 8 and 9 at Saito-dojo at the Birmingham Family Y.

You may attend both days or only one of the sessions. Click here for the registration and information flier.

SavonMs. 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

2014 USA Judo Scholastic & Collegiate Championships – March 22-23 – Irving TX

February 6, 2014

2014 Scholastics & Collegiate Championships

Click here for the entry packet.

Click here for the 2014 Junior World Team criteria.

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