Archive for May, 2015

Sasaki Clinic Reminder – May 30 – Preregister now, pay online

May 24, 2015

Reminder: Saturday, May 30, 2015  – Saito-dojo, Birmingham Y, Birmigham MI

Click here for flier and registration form.  Click here to pay online.





May 23, 2015
From the Volt Sport Performance Blog

While judo athletes (judokas) don’t receive much, if any, national attention, there is a lot to be learned from this intense sport and the athletes that compete at its highest level. With the exception of the Olympic games and some martial arts circles, most judokas go unknown throughout their career. The sport of judo places extreme demands on an athlete’s body and mind. Having worked with judokas for the past three-and-a-half years, I believe there are some things every athlete can learn from judo.

Click here to read the full article.

Ippon of the Week

May 22, 2015

Marti Malloy: An Expert Now, But Still A Student Of Her Sport

May 21, 2015
BY DAVE ROYSE  from USA Judo| MAY 11, 2015, 5:22 P.M. (ET)

Marti Malloy produces a Juji Gatame to score Ippon and reach the -57 kg. final at the Zagreb Grand Prix on May 1, 2015 in Zagreb, Croatia.

It’s been more than a decade since a teenage Marti Malloy, just starting out as a serious judo competitor in Washington state, would set out around the region for judo clinics given by the sport’s most successful American athletes at the time.

When world champions Mike Swain or Jimmy Pedro, or fellow Washington native and Olympian Sandra Bacher, were teaching at a clinic or camp, there would be that Malloy kid, soaking up knowledge.

She was a good student.

Marti Malloy visits USA House at the Royal College of Art on July 30, 2012 in London.

Now 15 years on, Malloy has a bronze medal from the London 2012 Olympic Games, one of just a handful of judo medals won by Americans over the years. And she took silver at the 2013 world championships — another tournament where few Americans have been on the medal stand, in what is one of the more popular sports in Europe and Asia.

“Now I’m in the crazy position where I’m the one doing judo seminars,” said Malloy.

But while Malloy, now 29, has become undeniably one of American judo’s biggest stars and one of the nation’s strongest hopes for Olympic hardware in the sport in 2016, it might be her mindset about where she is in her judo trajectory that makes her so formidable.


Sasaki Clinic Reminder – May 30 – Saito Dojo

May 20, 2015

Click here for clinic information.

2015 Pan Am Games – Toronto – Judo – July 11- 14

May 19, 2015

If you are not attending the USJF/USJA Junior Nationals

The 2015 Pan Am Games are in Toronto this summer 220px-2015_Pan_American_Games_logo.svgwith Judo competition on July 11, 12, 13 and 14.

The Pan American Games are a quadrennial multi-sport event organized to be consistent with the Olympic Charter in spirit and rules.

This is a chance to see some good international judo competition. Tickets for the medal rounds are going quickly.

Click here for the judo competition schedule.

Click here to buy tickets.

Here is a Marriott Courtyard near the venue with rooms for $80 Canadian.

Map showing venue location.

State Games of Michigan – Judo – June 27 – Grand Rapids MI

May 18, 2015


Participation, Sportsmanship, and Healthy Living 

Summer Games 2015

Event Information


Sanctions: USJF# 15-06-04  

 Date: Saturday, June 27, 2015  8AM-3PM


Kroc Center
2500 S. Division Ave
Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Tournament Director: Jim Murray,

Girls, Boys, Senior Men, Senior Women, Masters and Kata

Divisions will be further broken down by weight and ability
(Novice, Brown Belt, and Black Belt).

A team competition will also be offered.

Click here for Event Flyer.


All contestants must provide a valid U.S.J.F., U.S.J.I., or U.S.J.A. card. Foreign contestants must have the proper ID from their home country.

You must present the primary membership card that shows the insurance coverage is current. If you do not present the membership card, you must purchase a membership card on site. U.S.J.I., U.S.J.F and U.S.J.A. membership registration will be available at the tournament site.

Entry Fee:
First Division
$40.00/ Until June 05 – Additional divisions: $20.00
$50.00/ Until June 19 – Additional divisions: $25.00
Onsite registration: $60.00 – Additional divisions: $30.00

Kata -Cost per team
$40.00/ Until June 05 – Additional divisions: $20.00
$50.00/ Until June 19 – Additional divisions: $25.00
Onsite registration: $60.00 – Additional divisions: $30.00

Team Shiai – Cost per teamMen – Five Person –  $60.00

Women – Three Person – $35.00

Team Registration will be on-site only. Team Players must be registered for individual Shiai or Kata

Open Division event:
$20.00 payable only at the event after you register!

Each athlete is required to print and sign a waiver. Waivers will be collected on-site. Do not send in waiver forms. (download)

Non-Black Belt Consent Form
Any athlete that is not a black belt is required to have their instructor’s permission in order to compete. The consent forms will be collected on-site along with the participation waiver. (download)

Spectator Fee: $5 per person, Free ages 5 and under

 Onsite Registration Form: (download)

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Memorial Service for James Takemori

May 17, 2015
From Dr. Charles Medani, President, Shufu.

A celebration of Jim Takemori’s life will be held:

Saturday May 23rd at 1PM

Alexandria Scottish Rite Temple
1430 W. Braddock Road
Alexandria, VA 22302 

In Lieu of flowers, please send donations/koden to a PO box that will be announced on Monday.A Jim Takemori Fund will be established for the promotion of judo in the near future.

For updates visit the Shufu website.

Chu To Bu/Brasa Joint Judo Training Day – June 6, 2015

May 17, 2015


Chu To Bu West Judo, Jiu Jitsu & MMA will be conducting a 3 session training day Saturday June 6th starting @ 10 am in Avon, Ohio.The training sessions will be conducted under the supervision of Paul Jordan 6th degree black belt and 2013 National Masters Champion and 2003 World & Pan Am Team Member Lorey Edwards.This is an opportunity to hone in your skills for the upcoming Junior National Judo Championships.
The sessions will include strength conditioning, anaerobic conditioning and most of all judo skills training!Session times are as follows:1st session 10-11:30
2nd session 12:30-2:30
3rd session 3:00-4:30 See More

Passing of Sensei James Takemori

May 16, 2015

Sensei James Takemori, 1926 - 2015

Sensei James Takemori passed away yesterday morning after a brief illness. Click here to visit the Shufu website for more information.

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