Archive for May, 2014

2014 USJF/USJA Junior Nationals

May 31, 2014

Early Registration deadline for forms and fees extended! Postmark by Saturday, June 7th!

Mailed entries accepted until June 24th (with fee increase).

After that date all entries must be “walked up” during July 3rd Registration/Weigh-in.



2014 Junior Olympics

May 30, 2014

2014 Junior Olympics

North Coast Championships Reminder – June 7

May 29, 2014

Chu To Bu BRASAJust a reminder The North Coast Championships are less than 2 weeks away.  Hope to see you there…

Paul Jordan
Chu To Bu BRASA Judo Club

Chu To Bu BRASA Club Tournament Report

May 24, 2014

Head Sensei Paul Jordan of Konan club  Chu To Bu/BRASA continues with his creative club leadership, hosting a “club tournament.”

Novice students had the chance to “answer the call of hajime” and experience shiai judo, but in the familiar low-pressure environment of their home club.  Sensei Paul provided medals and a podium medal ceremony so players and parents could experience the “thrill of victory.”

Forty-five students competed and eight advanced students acted as referees under Sensei Paul’s supervision.

Most importantly. look at the smiles on the faces of the kids… what a great introduction to competition!

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Nakano Clinic Report

May 23, 2014

2014-05 Nakano Clnic 1

Photos taken by Mari Nakayama

This clinic was held at the Saito-dojo located in Birmingham YMCA, Birmingham, Michigan on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

The clinic was started on time at 1 pm with introduction of Nakano-sensei by the host Noboru Saito. Nakano sensei taught importance of basics such as grip (what part of fingers to put the pressure), location of hikite (pulling) with hand near the partner’s forearm near the elbow, tsurite’s location and how to place tsurite hand to the partner’s chest, first step foot position and height of that knee (weight on) , then hikite pulling direction, and taisaki speed (two step entry), etc.

First, Nakano-sensei started with throwing techniques: he showed his Taiotoshi (about 40 minutes), then to Kouchigari for another 30 minutes. After his demonstration, students tried the techniques with Nakano-sensei making corrections as they practiced. Students asked many questions and Nakano-sensei took time to answer by showing and explaining more about his Taiotoshi and Kouchigari. After about 10 minutes break, he showed us a turn-over that was easy to understand, with four ‘what-if” cases from the first position.

2014-05 Nakano Clnic 2After about 10 minutes break, he showed us a turn-over that was easy to understand, with four ‘what-if” cases from the first position.

Click here to read the rest of the report

Passing of Walter Lamb, Michigan Judoka

May 18, 2014

Walt LambWalter Lamb, a fixture on the Michigan Judo scene for over 40 years, has passed away. Click here for his obituary.

From Gary Wood, Troy Judo Club:

I just found out on Facebook that Walter Lamb passed yesterday from an apparent heart attack.

Walter was a big influence in my early development in Judo.  I met him at Providence Hospital when we both worked there and I was a new green belt.  Later I spent many hours working out in his MMA club – Metro Fight Club in Ann Arbor.  I’ve always enjoyed Walter’s positive attitude and encouragement.  I’m proud to have called him friend.  He will be greatly missed.

Walter started Judo at age 6 along with his older brother Bill.  Their father was with the FBI and they studied in clubs across the country.  Walter frequently fought competitors much larger than he was and went on to become a Big Ten Champ at Michigan State.  He was also a member of the Detroit Judo Club in its prime.

Most importantly Walter was a positive influence for countless people, particularly a number of young men that were on the wrong path.  I’ve seen the final result and can appreciate how much of an impact he’s made with people across the spectrum.  His coaching and encouragement helped me significantly during my competitive years.

Tuesday (5/20) Visitation 2 – 8 pm with a 6:30 pm memorial
Phillips Funeral Home 
122 W. Lake, South Lyon, MI

 Funeral Mass: Wednesday (5/21) at 11 am

St. Joseph Catholic Church, 830 S. Lafayette,  South Lyon MI.  A private burial will follow. 

“Haec dies, quam fecit Dominus: exsultemus, et laetemur in ea.”

Walt was an enthusiastic promoter of judo:

as well as a long time enthusiastic competitor:


Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful

May 12, 2014

Tonight on many PBS Stations, a film underwritten in part by USJF:

In Detroit, Channel 56 at 7pm and 56.2 (PBS World) at 12 midnight.  Check your local listings

All Japan Judo Championships Nage-no-kata – 29/04/2012

May 11, 2014

Anyone recognize Tori?

Kata: Even for champion fighters!


May 10, 2014


Saturday June 7th 2014
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 flier and registration

Pre-registration – Individual $ 40.00
Day of event – Individual $ 50.00
Pre-registration – Kata Pairs $ 45.00
Day of event – Kata Pairs $ 55.00
Spectators Free


Shintaro Nakano (Marti Malloy Coach) Clinic – May 17 – Birmingham MI

May 9, 2014

Shintaro NakanoFeatured Clinician: Shintaro Nakano, Yodan, Current San Jose State University Judo Coach (see background below).  Olympic Bronze Medalist Marti Malloy’s Coach,

Where: Saito Dojo at Birmingham YMCA, 400 E. Lincoln, Birmingham, MI 48009

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 &  flier: 2014-5-17 Shintaro Nakano Clinic Flyer-1

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

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