Archive for October, 2015

Robert Bonner Memorial

October 15, 2015
The family of Robert Bonner is going to have a private memorial service.  Mrs. Katie Bonner greatly appreciates all the love, prayers and support she has received from the judo community and wanted you to all know how grateful she is to you.
Neil Simon

2015 GLO Results

October 14, 2015

Click here: 2015 GLO Results

Thanks to all of you for your help on Sunday.  I hope I specifically took time to thank each and every one of you.  If I didn’t, please know I really appreciated the help we get from all of you.  All of you do a terrific job.  This year’s GLO went off without a hitch.

Mark your calendar for next year’s GLO – Saturday, October 8, 2016. Hope to see you  and all the competitors next year.

Best regards,

Jim & Tessa


Passing of Sensei Robert (Bob) Bonner – October 11, 2015

October 12, 2015
Dr. Ashida with Sensei Bonner

Sensei Bonner with Dr. Ashida

Obituary by Mr. Neil Simon, Past President, USJF:

Sensei Robert Bonner passed away on 11 October.

Robert Bonner established the Yomeikan Judo Club in Defiance, OH during the early 1990s.

Dr. Sachio Ashida named Sensei Bonner’s club Yomeikan Judo. Yomeikan is translated as meaning “The Hall of Enlightenment.” Sensei Bonner has taught judo in Buffalo, New York, the YMCA and Bowles Karate Academy in Defiance, Ohio, and the Bushido Martial Arts Dojo in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

He transferred the club’s association with the Niagara Yudanshakai to the Konan Yudanshakai in 2011 due to location and the passing of his Sensei Dr. Sachio Ashida. The Yomeikan Judo Club’s current locations are at 6125 Cross Creek Blvd. in Fort Wayne and 1623 Evan Drive, Defiance, Ohio.

Sensei Bonner began practicing Judo in Akron, OH in 1952. He joined the United States Air Force in 1955 and became a member of the All Armed Forces Judo Team. As a member of the team, he competed in Judo events held in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He was promoted to 1st degree black belt in 1958.

After completing his service in the Air Force, Sensei Bonner practiced and taught Judo from 1959 – 1984 in Buffalo, NY at several YMCAs and at the University of Buffalo.

Sensei Bonner first met Dr. Sachio Ashida at the Senior National Judo Tournament in Lincoln, Nebraska. Dr. Ashida became his teacher, coach, and close friend. Sensei Bonner was promoted to his 2nd and 3rd degree black belts in 1967 and 1971. He participated in the Olympic Judo Trials in 1968 in Sacramento, California and in 1972 in Pennsylvania when Dr. Ashida was the US Judo Team’s coach. Sensei Bonner was promoted to 4th degree black belt in 1977 and certified by the United States Judo Federation as a National Referee and Judo lnstructor in the 1980s. He was promoted to 5th and 6th degree black belts in 1984 and 1996 and to 7th degree black belt in 2011. ln 2005, he was also promoted to 2nd degree black belt in Heike Ryu Jiu Jitsu.

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USJF Athlete-Scholar of the Year Award Application Deadline

October 5, 2015

New USJF LogoAttention high school and college students:  If you are a USJF Member, check your qualification for the USJF Athlete-Scholar of the Year Award.

The application deadline for the 2014/2105 academic year is October, 31, 2015.

Click here to learn more about the award or here to download the application form.

Here are some of the details:

The United States Judo Federation Board of Directors has established the “USJF Athlete-Scholar of the Year Award.” First prize is $1,000.00, second prize $750.00, and third prize $500.00.  The money will be paid directly to the College or University of their choice at the time of matriculation.

The high school/college year of this contest extends from September 2014 through June 2015 and consists of any two continuous semesters. One semester may be from high school and the other from college.

The contestant must submit a school transcript(s), which includes a list of courses taken, a letter or numerical grade for each course and his or her grade point average. Report cards will NOT be accepted. The degree of difficulty of each course will be considered. A high or even the highest G.P.A. will not ensure a win.

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