Archive for September, 2016

Passing of Don Wilson, Judoka, Lansing MI

September 28, 2016

Here is a brief obituary for Don Wilson, long-time Lansing judoka:

Donald Wilson, 67, of Lansing died September 26, 2016. Arrangements by Palmer, Bush & Jensen Family Funeral Home, Lansing Chapel. Funeral Services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. visitation begins one hour prior at the Funeral Home.

Published in Lansing State Journal from Sept. 28 to Sept. 29, 2016

Jim Murray, on behlaf of Konan Judo Associations sends condolences to his family.


Reminder – 2016 Rock & Roll Tournament – Lodi OH

September 11, 2016
Fellow Judoka;

Click here for the flyer and feel free to forward to your contacts.

Also Fine Design T-Shirts who were here last year will be back again with their T-shirts, sweatshirts etc.

Don’t forget all profits from this day got to our club which is a 501c3 Non Profit.



Michael A. Mooney                       Chu To Bu Judo Club        
 29460 Miles Road                         
29460 Miles Road      
Solon, Ohio 44139                    Solon, Ohio 444139
Cell – 440-376-1376                     Cell – 440-376-1376

Ohio Judo, Inc.                                     
29460 Miles Road                                                                        
Solon, Ohio 444139                                             
Cell – 440-376-1376

Reminder – Konan Fall Promotional Clinic – Sunday

September 10, 2016

konan-logo3Reminder:  Konan Fall Promotional Clinic tomorrow, September 11 at Black Swamp Judo, Maumee OH.

Click here for details.


September 9, 2016


joe-higiJOSEPH RAYMOND “SENSEI JOE” HIGI III, 68, passed away Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, at Heritage Park Health Care Center, Fort Wayne.

Born in Fort Wayne, Joseph was a truck driver and millwright for many years and a member of Come As You Are Community Church. He was passionate about Judo and will be dearly missed by his students at Kenshiki Dojo.

Surviving are his wife, Deborah Higi of Fort Wayne; sons, Joshua (Laurie) Higi of South Whitley, Ind. and Christopher Higi of Alba, Mich.; daughter, Allison Higi of Knoxville, Iowa; stepdaughter, Angela Klemm; stepson, Brian Klemm; son / grandson, Ethan Higi; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and siblings, Twink (Larry) Maddox, EJ (Sandy) Fortmann, Tim (Cindy) Fortmann, Jan Higi, Julia Higi, and Jennifer Higi. He was preceded in death by his mother, Donna Fortmann; father, Joseph Higi Jr.; and brothers, Jerry, Jeffrey and James Higi.

Service is 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, at Come As You Are Baptist Church, 7910 South Anthony Blvd., with visitation one hour prior. Calling also from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave. Memorials may be made to Kenshiki Dojo.

To sign the online guestbook,

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

September 5, 2016

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.

Click here for the registration form.

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.

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