Archive for July, 2016

Konan JAM Summer Joint Work-out Report

July 31, 2016

2016-07-24 Youth Clinic

On Sunday, July 24, Harun Bogdanic, under the supervision of Jerry Wee-sensei, led a Konan JAM Summer Joint Workout at Saito-dojo, aimed at youth competitors.

The workout consisted primarily of technical drills, nagekomi and randori. A turn-over to juji-gatame with variations, was the featured ne-waza technique.

Click here for information about the next workout scheduled for August 13 at AZO-Alliance in Kalamazoo MI.

For more information, click here to e-mail Harun Bogdanic.

Harun Bogdanic

Fight Like A Girl Camp Special Guest – Cuban Maria Celia Laborde – August 7

July 30, 2016

***Note corrected date: Sunday, August 7

We have the pleasure of hosting Maria Celia Laborde from Cuba coming to this year’s “Fight Like A Girl” Camp at Southside Dojo,  8534 Portage Rd., Portage, MI on August 6-7, 2016.

We are holding an extra afternoon session on Sunday, August 7, open to both male and female Judoka from 2 pm to 5 pm. The cost of this session is $20 whit extra donations welcome for her relocation to the USA.

We hope you can join us for this outstanding opportunity work with a World Class Cuban player.

Maria Celia Laborde from Cuba won a bronze medal at the World Championships in Chelyabinsk in 2014 U48kg. She won the Pan Am Championships in the same year and is multiple times Champion of Cuba. She won bronze at the Grand Slam of Paris in 2013.

Please see click here for the flier and please feel free to share this information with others.

Sincerely,
Deborah Fergus and Louise Ullman
Southside Dojo
Contact: Deborah Fergus (269) 208-1068 E-mail

Konan Promotion Examinations – Ernest Otani & Vic Kasprowicz – Shodan

July 24, 2016
Vic & Ernie Promo

Ernest Otani (3rd from left) & Vic Kasprowicz (1st on right)

Congrats to both Ernie Otani and Vic Kasprowicz who passed their Shodan examinations at the promotion evaluation event yesterday at Saito Dojo.  Amazing over 200 hundred years of judo expertise is represented in the photo above to complement the smiles!

Thanks to Saito-senei for hosting and supervising the event,  for Jerry Wee-sensei  for leading the examination team which included Emily Wee and Pete Catlos.

In the spirit of cooperation for mutual benefit, Dakotah Kilbourne (for Ernest Otani) and Andrew Allen (for Vic Kasprowicz) generously served as nage-no-kata partners  and gokyu-no-waza ukes for the examinees.

Steven DeReadt

USA Judo Announces New Executive Director

July 21, 2016

From USA-Judo:

It was just seven months ago when Jose Rodriquez, Executive Director/CEO announced that this would be his last year with USA Judo. With the Olympic Games quickly approaching, so does the end of his 11-year commitment as the leader of the organization. Looking back to 2005, there has been a lot of positive change under Jose’s leadership. USA Judo has been developed into a brand that is worn well by our nation. USA Judo athletes are winning more than ever before, and are earning salaries and prize monies not believed possible eleven years ago. Club membership has tripled since 2005 and awareness for the sport has increased tremendously through extensive media coverage.

“It has been a true privilege to have served this organization and its members over the last eleven years.” says Jose Rodriquez. “We have accomplished a lot, but I also know there is still a lot more to be done. I know that under Keith’s leadership, new heights will be reached. I thank the staff of USA Judo, past and present, for their work and dedication as the successes achieved have been a team effort. I would also like to thank the USA Judo membership for their support these past years.  I am grateful to all the members of the past and present Board of Directors, led by President Lance Nading and former President Dr. Ron Tripp, for giving me the opportunity to serve you. Lastly, I would like to thank our athletes whose success on the world’s stage has made us all proud.”

On August 15, 2016, a new Executive Director will enter the USA Judo office, bringing in a wealth of knowledge in the Olympic Movement. Mr. Keith Bryant has been involved in the sports industry since 1992, spending 17 of those years with the United States Olympic Committee. He is very familiar with the USOC’s and National Governing Bodies’ commitment to sustained competitive excellence for American Athletes. Having risen through the ranks from coordinator to director, Keith has interacted with all departments within the USOC, the International Olympic Committee, all NGBs (including USA Judo), all Olympic Training Centers, the Athlete Ombudsman’s Office, USADA, the Athletes’ Advisory Council and the 34 Multi-Sport Organizations. Keith is very passionate about the Olympic Movement and knowledgeable in nearly every aspect of its operations.

For the last three years, Bryant has served as the Executive Director for the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region’s Southeast Family Center & Armed Services YMCA, as well as the Fountain Valley YMCA. In this role, he managed employees, volunteer board members, fundraising, membership experience, and the overall operations.

“I am honored, humbled and thrilled to be selected as the next Executive Director of USA Judo. During my 17 years in the Olympic Movement I have always respected the strong passion held by Judo athletes as well as the leadership and the overall membership of USA Judo. I look forward to building upon the success experienced by our Olympic and Paralympic athletes while also continuing the growth and popularity of the sport across the United States.” – Keith Bryant.

Lance Nading, President of USA Judo welcomes and congratulates Keith on the new role. “The Board of Directors of USA Judo and our sports partners at the USOC are extremely happy to have the large turnout of qualified applicants. The Board, in conjunction with the assistance of Executive Search Firm headed by Rick Mack, engaged in the process to select the right person for the position. The search took several months and it was a very thorough process that took a significant amount of patience. In the end we know we got the right guy to take us to the next level. Keith Bryant received a unanimous 10 out of 10 votes of support. We are very excited!”

Please join us in welcoming Keith Bryant to the USA Judo family.

With only 16 days to Rio, all attention and focus is on supporting our Judo Olympic and Paralympic athletes. The USA Judo transition will be a seamless process and will not interfere with the focus on the Games. Go Team USA!

Reminder – JAM Konan Summer Junior Joint Workout – July 24 – Birmingham Y, Birmingham MI

July 20, 2016

Harun Bogdanic*** Reminder – this Sunday – July 24th.

*** Please do not call the Birmingham Y for information. For more information, click here to e-mail Harun Bogdanic or call (313) 915-7974.

*** Please be sure to have the standard waiver and the Heads Up waiver signed by your parents if you are a minor.

*** Please be sure to have your sensei (Shodan or higher) sign your standard waiver if you yourself are not Shodan or higher.

The first of three summer summer joint workouts is scheduled for this Sunday, July 24, at Saito-dojo, Birmingham Y, Birmingham MI.

Time: 12:00 noon – 2:30 pm

Click here for the flier and registration forms.

The goal of these joint workouts is to get as many junior/youth competitors together in one place as possible so they can all get mat time with other’s in their skill, weight and age range that they don’t see all the time. This should be a great opportunity to play with other competitors and experience what it will take to play at the national level.

Cost:   Costs will be 10 dollars per person.  In the event that there are multiple club members we will discount each club member $2 per additional member (i.e. cost $8/person)

Training Camp Facilitator:  Harun Bogdanic involved with judo in. Michigan since 2010

  • 2016 US Judo
  • 2016 All-American for Grand Valley State
  • Multiple state and regional tournament winner..
  • IJF Coaching Certification candidate

For more information, click here to e-mail Harun Bogdanic.

USA Judo Announces 2016 Rio Olympic Team

July 19, 2016
usajudo logo rJUNE 01, 2016, 10:37 P.M. (ET)

After four years of rigorous training and competing, the USA Judo Olympic Team is set! In August, the team of six Judokas and three Coaches will be heading to Brazil to compete in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The men and women judokas representing the United States are: Kayla Harrison (-78 kg), Marti Malloy (-57 kg), Travis Stevens (-81 kg), Angelica Delgado (-52 kg), Colton Brown (-90 kg), and Nicholas Delpopolo (-73 kg).

The Coach Staff will include: Jimmy Pedro – Head Coach, James Pedro Sr. – Assistant Coach, and Chris Skelley – Team Manager

“It has been a long road but this is exciting times for USA Judo. Thanks to all the hard work of our athletes and national coaching staff we have put together one of our strongest Olympic teams ever.”Eddie Liddie, Director of High Performance

“I am super excited about the team we are bringing to Rio.” says head coach Jimmy Pedro. “We are headed into this Olympic Games with three top seeded athletes, Kayla Harrison (#1), Marti Malloy (#3), and Travis Stevens (#5) all of whom have proven they can win Gold at the highest level. All athletes on our team have a wealth of major international competition experience and are all medal contenders. With six strong U.S. Olympians, we are looking forward to another great Olympic performance in Rio.“Jimmy Pedro, USA Judo Olympic Head Coach.

Click here for roster details.

2016 Rio Olympics and A Bright Future for Judo

July 17, 2016

 

From USA Judo:

On August 1st, the team of six American judokas will head to Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games! With only 19 days left, USA Judo would like to share some important information regarding the status of our sport at this year’s Olympic Games.

We have seen much progress in the sport of judo this Olympic quadrennial, both in the United States and Worldwide. Here are some of the huge milestones this sport has achieved in the past 4 years:

  • The International Judo Federation has announced new record numbers for this year’s Olympic Games. 136 Countries with a total of 389 Competitors will be attending the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. This surpasses the record numbers achieved in London 2012.
  • At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Judo Finals will be considered as a Prime Event; putting the Judo Finals into the same category as Gymnastics Finals, 100M Athletics Finals, and Tennis Finals.
  • USA Judo Athletes are earning wages and receiving support more than any other time in USA Judo history. In the last four years (2013-2016), USA Judo’s top four athletes (Kayla Harrison, Marti Malloy, Travis Stevens and Nick Delpopolo) received a minimum funding of $150,000 per athlete.
  • The International Judo Federation will soon be formally announcing that the 2017 World’s in Budapest, Hungary will offer a $1 Million total prize purse – thus placing these Championships in the top tier Olympic sports earnings.
  • Judo has received more media interest leading up to Rio and we anticipate receiving TV coverage during this year’s Olympic Games.

It is obvious that the sport of judo is moving into levels never achieved before.

USA Judo congratulates the International Judo Federation, under the leadership of Mr. Marius Vizer, for the many historical firsts at this coming Olympic Games, as well as the last four years.

We want to thank the United States Olympic Committee, the International Judo Federation, our sponsors and donors for all their support. We couldn’t achieve this much success without our wonderful partners… Now onward to Rio and a bright future!

Shintaro Nakano – Outstanding Competition & Technical Training September 24, 2016 – Birmingham MI

July 13, 2016

Mark your Calendars Now:

MJDA will be hosting current San Jose State Coach, Shintaro Nakano (Godan), for a three-part clinic on Saturday, September 24 at Saito Dojo in Birmingham, MI.

The reigistration form will be posted shortly.

The clinic will feature group instruction, individual  assistance for each participant on their tokui-waza, and, finally, randori to practice and improve participants’ technique.

Nakano-sensei  is the San Jose State University Judo team Coach and Coach of Marti Malloy, 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist and 2013 World Silver Medalist and operates Nakano Judo Academy in San Jose CA.

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

When: Saturday, September 24, 2016

  • Registration: 12:15pm – 12:45pm
  • Clinic: 1pm to 2:30pm
  • Coaching Session: 2:45pm to 3:45pm
  • Randori: 4pm to 4:45pm

Contact: Noboru Saito Click here to e-mail or call 248-840-0013

Cost: $35 for Pre-registration (good reason, clinic fee can be refundable)

$50 for on site registration

Coach Nakano’s Judo Achievements:

Shintaro Nakano is Black Belt 5th Dan born in Miyazaki, Japan. He started his Judo career at the age of five
and learned from the beginning the traditional beliefs and values of Judo. He is a graduate of Chuo
University in Japan.  He was a member of the Japanese Judo National team from 1998 to 2004 at 60kg and
from 2006 to 2008 at 66kg.

  • 1998 Japan National Junior Championships at 60kg
  • 1998 Kyusyu Island Tournament at 60kg
  • 2004 All Japan Industrial Championship at 60kg
  • 2004 U.S. Open at 60kg; 1999 Japan National Junior Championships at 60kg
  • 1st place 2012 and 2013 National Collegiate Judo Championships
  • 1st place Japan National Junior Championships – 60 kg. – 1998 and 1999
  • Japanese National Team – 66 kg. – 2006 to 2008 and 1998 to 2004
  • Coach of college power house and defending National Champions SJSU
  • Head Coach at Caio Terra Academy
  • Coach of 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist and 2013 Silver Medalist World Champion , 2016 Olympic
    team member, Marti Malloy
  • Coach of two time Pan American and multi-time time world champ Yuri Simoes.

JAM Konan Summer Junior Joint Workouts – RevisedFull Schedule and Flier

July 12, 2016

Here is the revised schedule for the full series of JAM/Konan Summer Junior Joint Workouts
Workout Schedule Updated

Click here for the flier and registration forms.

Harun Bogdanic

For more information, click here to e-mail Harun Bogdanic.

JAM Konan Summer Junior Joint Workout – July 24 – Birmingham Y, Birmingham MI

July 11, 2016

Harun BogdanicThe first of three summer summer joint workouts is scheduled for this Sunday, July 24, at Saito-dojo, Birmingham Y, Birmingham MI.

Time: 12:00 noon – 2:30 pm

Click here for the flier and registration forms.

The goal of these joint workouts is to get as many junior/youth competitors together in one place as possible so they can all get mat time with other’s in their skill, weight and age range that they don’t see all the time. This should be a great opportunity to play with other competitors and experience what it will take to play at the national level.

Cost:   Costs will be 10 dollars per person.  In the event that there are multiple club members we will discount each club member $2 per additional member (i.e. cost $8/person)

Training Camp Facilitator:  Harun Bogdanic involved with judo in. Michigan since 2010

  • 2016 US Judo
  • 2016 All-American for Grand Valley State
  • Multiple state and regional tournament winner..
  • IJF Coaching Certification candidate

For more information, click here to e-mail Harun Bogdanic.


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