Archive for February, 2016

Midwest Collegiate Regional Championships – Hotel Deadline Today

February 27, 2016

Hello Senseis of the Midwest!

The Illini Judo Club is hosting its first tournament — we are in partnership with the National Collegiate Judo Association and are hosting the Midwest Collegiate Regional Championships which will be an added division to our Seniors/Masters Tournament.NCJA Logo

If you have not heard, we were given 5 weeks notice to put on this tournament, and our team has taken the bull by the horns and are making it happen.

We are about 2 1/2 weeks out — our tournament will be held on Sunday, March 13 at the Leonhard Recreation Center in Champaign, IL. The doors open at 9am and we hope to have the shiais starting by 1030am.

Our pre-registration deadline is March 7 — $45 for the first division and $20 for the second division. Walkups will be $60 (we’re trying to get as many pre-registrants as possible, so we can stick to our schedule — we have to be out of the venue by 4pm….so our last match is scheduled to be at 2:55pm.

This is a collegiate (full-time college student), seniors and masters tournament — seniors and masters do not have to have collegiate standing. There is no junior division.

We hope you will come and join us. And BTW — March 13 is daylight savings time, so be sure to set your clocks ahead to adjust for the lost hour. I have attached a poster and the entry pack. Any more information can also be found at

Our host hotel is the Courtyard Marriott of Champaign — they have a special rate which is only good until this Saturday, February 27. All competitors/coaches/refs will receive a complimentary breakfast on March 13. We will also have weigh-ins the night before (5-9pm) at the hotel. Click here for the reservation link.

I know this is short notice, but I’m hoping that at this point, this is just a friendly reminder that our tournament is quickly approaching!!!!

Thank you,

Grace Talusan

Entry Package


Vote for Konan’s Paul Jordan – USA Judo Coach of the Month

February 20, 2016

Pual Jordan of Chu To Bu/BRASA, Avon OH, is on the ballot for USA Judo Coach Of The Month is now available through Monday – spread the word and VOTE for Paul!

Vote here:…/Coach-Of-The-Month-January

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Ju No Kata

February 7, 2016

Passing of Dr. Bruce Wilson, Michigan Judoka

February 5, 2016

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Dr. Bruce Edward Wilson M.D., age 65, passed away peacefully at Sunrise Senior Living on Wednesday February 4, 2016 after a 20 year struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

Bruce dedicated his life to helping children as a pediatrician. A proud graduate of Michigan State University, he went on to study medicine at the University of Illinois-Chicago.  Bruce served as associate professor of pediatrics at MSU while treating and advocating for children with neuro-metabolic disorders.

Dr. Wilson was also a veteran of the U.S. Army, retiring as Lieutenant Colonel. He held posts in West Germany, at Walter Reed Military Hospital, and at Fort Bragg. Bruce also served in Iran, where he was taken hostage, and later in the First Gulf War.

An active member of the Michigan Judo community, Bruce achieved the rank of Godan (fifth degree black belt), and was a national level official.

He also enjoyed participating with Boy Scouts Troop 109.

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley F. Wilson and Helen H. Wilson of Jacksonville Florida. He is survived by his wife, Diane (Dee) Wilson; his brother, David Wilson; two sons, Brian and Kara (Kuszynski) Wilson of Farmington, and Timothy and Jennifer (Thomas) Wilson of Okemos; two grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to express appreciation to Hospice of Michigan for their care and support. The family will receive friends at the Metcalf and Jonkhoff Funeral Chapel on Monday from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held in the chapel on Monday at 2:00 p.m. Military honors to follow under the auspices of the Kent County Honor Guard. Charitable contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan for their outstanding care and support.

Upcoming Events – As of May 8, 2016

February 3, 2016

Click on links below for details and look on the listed Judo sites for other events:

Saturday, June 4, 2016: North Coast Judo Championships, Lorain OH

Saturday, June 11, 2016: Tohkon Classic XXI, Oak Lawn IL

Saturday, June 25, 2016: State Games of Michigan Judo Competition, Grand Rapids MI

June 28, 29 & 30, 2016: 16th Annual USJF National Kata Conference, Norwalk CA

July 1, 2, & 3, 2016: USJF/USJA Junior & Senior Judo National Championships, Anaheim CA

July 24 – July 30, 2016: Camp Budokan, East Oshawa ON

August 6 & 7, 2016: Fight Like A Girl Camp, Portage MI

Sunday, August, 28, 2016: 2016 MJDA George Balch Memorial Golf Outing, Sterling Heights MI

Sunday, September 11, 2016: 2016 Konan Fall Promotional Clinic, Maumee OH

Saturday, September 16, 2016: 21st Annual Rock N Roll Capital of the World Judo Tournament, Lodi OH

Sunday, October 2, 2016: 2016 Konan Fall Promotion Testing, Maumee OH

Saturday, October 8, 2016: 2016 Great Lakes Open Judo Championships, Grand Rapids MI

Check again soon for more upcoming events.

Judo Event Calendars:

2016 Konan Rank Evaluation Tournament Results

February 2, 2016

Konan LogoClick here for the results of the 2016 Konan Rank Evaluation Tournament

Thanks to all the competitors, coaches, referees, table works and other volunteers for making the 2016 Konan Rank Evaluation Tournament a success.

Kudos to Greg Ondrus, rookie Tournament Director, and new challenger to Tessa Murray and the Godai crew for Judo Iron Chef – great chicken chili, Greg!  thanks as well to the other food and coffee providers.

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