Archive for February, 2015

National Senior Games – Early Registration Entry Deadline Saturday 2/28

February 27, 2015
USA Judo Logo Vertical 2009 RThe National Senior Games for athletes 50 years of age and older will be held July 3- July 16 in Minnesota. The early registration deadline is 2/28.  Regular entry period is 3/1 to 5/1.
To register on line, click here. For more information, click here visit the National Senior Games  website.
Don’t miss this great competition opportunity!


February 26, 2015
USA Judo Logo Vertical 2009 RAll USA Judo merchandise is 50% off!  Use code Sale50 when checking out.  Click here to visit the USA Judo  website  to order your sale merchandise Friday, February 27 only!

Announcing the Donald A. Kelley Memorial Fund

February 21, 2015

Don Kelley 1

Mr. Donald Kelley was born on October 7, 1946 in Butler, PA. After attending the University of Cincinnati where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Don joined the Ford Motor Company in 1973.  The following year, on October 18, 1974, Don started to practice judo under Seiji Araki and Noboru Saito at the Southfield Judo & Karate Club, (later Yamaga Judo & Karate Club).

In 1977 he married Alexandra (Sandy) who grew up outside Pittsburgh, PA. While he was working and starting a family, Don earned his master’s degree from Wayne State University.

Don Kelley 2Judo continued to be an important part of Don’s life and on October 10, 1982 he earned the rank of Shodan. When I began teaching at the Birmingham Y in November 1985, Don became a volunteer
assistant instructor. While helping me teach for nearly three decades, Don continued to study and train, ultimately achieving the rank of Godan on December 14, 2009.

At some point in each of their lives, his three children (Dan, Eric and Megan) joined Don in his judo practice. Faithfully, Don was at the dojo at least twice a week and after his retirement from Ford 2007, he helped with judo classes three times a week. Don made a difference in so many lives through teaching judo at the Y.

Sadly, Don passed away on December 26, 2014 after a couple years fighting cancer.

Honoring his devotion to judo and Saito Dojo, his wife, Sandy, and I created the Donald A. Kelley Memorial Fund.

This fund is part of Michigan Judo Development Association, Inc. (MJDA) program. MJDA is a 501(c)(3) Not for Profit Corporation.

Contributions to the fund will honor Don’s role as an instructor and primarily benefit the students in the Birmingham Y Judo program by assisting with expenses such as class fees, membership fees with USJF and/or USA Judo, the spare gis program, and travel assistance to events.

Please consider making a contribution to the Donald A. Kelley Memorial Fund in honor of Don’s 40 years of devotion to practicing and teaching judo.

Contributions may be made by sending a check made out to MJDA to: MJDA – 139 Roth Blvd., Clawson, MI 48017 (Please write on note – Don Kelley Fund)

Thank you.

Noboru Saito
(and Alexandra Kelley and Tim Jordan of the Donald A. Kelley Memorial Fund Committee)

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Please designate MJDA as your charity



February 20, 2015

2015 USA Judo ScholasticsDon’t pay more than you have to!  Click here to receive the lowest possible entry fee for this event.

Deadline is today Friday, February 20, to receive this discounted fee.

 Click here to visit the USA Judo website for full event entry details.

Konan Life Membership

February 17, 2015

FurukawaJoin at the Konan Invitational this Sunday and your entry fee will be waived!

Becoming a Konan Life Member will put you in the best of company for those supporting Konan in its development efforts through the Louis M. Furukawa Endowment.

The Konan Judo Association Life Membership was established by its Board of Governors on September 9, 2001 for the purpose of creating a funding vehicle to help Konan with its developmental programs.

Besides receiving a certificate to show your commitment to exceptional mid-west regional judo, there are other benefits such as a waived Konan fee for your annual USJF membership; this is a $7.50 yearly savings. Also, the registration costs are waived for competing in the annual Konan Promotional and Invitational Tournaments. There are additional benefits to Life Membership such as waived Konan promotional fees, but check the full list of benefits on the Life Membership form (click here) or on the Konan Life Membership page.

If you are interested in becoming a Konan Life Member, please contact the Life Membership Chair, Michael A. Hart by email or call him at (248) 842-4721.


Michael A. Hart
Louis M. Furakawa &
Konan Life Membership Chair

Reminder – Konan Invitational and Mid-West Collegiate Championships – February 22

February 15, 2015

konan-logo3Reminder – next Sunday – East Lansing

2015 Konan Invitational 

2015 Mid-West Collegiate Championships

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