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Konan Athlete Support Grant Report – Elyor Serikbaev

August 19, 2019

This summer Konan Judo Association awarded travel support grants to three promising young competitors, Carson Furneaux of Saito Dojo and Elyor Serikbaev and Isaac Charmichael of Chu To Bu Judo. Each received $500.

Elyor Serikbaev trains at Pedro Judo Center in Boston, and used his grant to help pay for his travel to the 2019 US Open, where he placed 1st in the IJF 90 kg. category.  Congratulations, Elyor!

Click here to read Elyor’s report.

Konan Athlete Support Grant Report – Carson Furneaux

August 18, 2019

This summer Konan Judo Association awarded travel support grants to three promising young competitors, Carson Furneaux of Saito Dojo and Elyor Serikbaev and Isaac Charmichael of Chu To Bu Judo. Each received $500.

Carson Furneaux used his to help pay for his travel to the 2019 Canada Cup In Montreal.

Click here to read Carson’s report.

Reminder – Fight Like A Girl Camp – August 3 & 4 – This Weekend

July 29, 2019

 

Click here for registration form.

Southside Dojo
8534 Portage Rd. Portage, Mi. 49002

Jerry Wee Celebration of Life

July 28, 2019

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Sons of AmVets
75185 North Avenue
Armada MI

For further information, please click on this link or contact Emily Berger (Wee)

MJDA 2019 George Balch Memorial Golf Outing – Sunday, August 18, 2019

July 22, 2019

Please support Michigan Judo Development Association’s Annual golf fund raiser, held to honor the memory of one of Konan’s giants, Mr. George Balch.  If you can not attend, please consider a donation.

Sponsored by Michigan Judo Development Association, Inc.

Sunday, August 18, 2019. 10 am.

Rammler Golf Club
38180 Utica Road
Sterling Heights,MI 48312

 

Proceeds to Benefit:

  • USJF George C. Balch Scholarship Fund
  • Noboru Saito Judo Grant Fund
  • Judo Programs in Michigan – Travel Fund and Seminars

Everyone wins a prize!

For information and reservation form  (click here) or contact Mr. Noboru Saito by e-mail (click here) or telephone (248) 585-7982.

Please shop and support MJDA: 

Passing of Sensei Jerry Wee

July 21, 2019

Jerry WeeOn Thursday, July 11, 2019, Gerald Wee, devoted husband, father, grandfather, son and brother passed away surrounded by his family.

Jerry was born in Detroit, Michigan on January 3, 1951. He graduated from Cass Tech High School and went on to Wayne State University.

Jerry started judo at the age of 14 in 1964. He was a member of the Detroit Judo Club and trained under the late John Osako. Jerry quickly became dedicated to the sport. First as a competitor, then a referee, instructor and coach. He was promoted to 7th dan in 2018. Jerry truly loved the sport of judo and this showed. It was not uncommon for him to let players sleep at his home, for him to drive them to events and sometimes even pay for their meals. He was the head instructor of Wee Dojo and developed countless students.

On April 5, 1975 Jerry married the love of his life, Reta Comer Wee. They met in the sport of judo when Reta was 15 and Jerry was 18. It was a true love story. They spent 44 wonderful years together.

Jerry was preceded in death by his father Harry, mother Evelyn, and brother Ron (Cyndi). Jerry is survived by his wife Reta, daughter Emily (Arron), grandchildren (Ava, Lincoln) and sister Gwen (Tony).

Jerry was a great man, a caring family man who was committed to his family and the ones he loved. He was a humble man with an infectious smile. He was known for being a great story teller, a joker and a family man.

He fought many health battles over the past few years that most people would not have made it through, but he did this with his warrior spirit and smile. Jerry will be deeply missed by all those who knew him.

The family will not be having a funeral service. A memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be sent to Reta Wee at 16151 Touraine Dr., Clinton Twp., MI 48038.

The memorial is scheduled for Saturday, August 10.  Details to follow.

MJDA 2018 George Balch Memorial Golf Outing – Sunday, August 19, 2018

August 13, 2018

Please support Michigan Judo Development Association’s Annual golf fund raiser, held to honor the memory of one of Konan’s giants, Mr. George Balch.  If you can not attend, please consider a donation.

Sponsored by Michigan Judo Development Association, Inc.

Sunday, August 19, 2018. 10 am.

Rammler Golf Club
38180 Utica Road
Sterling Heights,MI 48312

 

Proceeds to Benefit:

  • USJF George C. Balch Scholarship Fund
  • Noboru Saito Judo Grant Fund
  • Judo Programs in Michigan – Travel Fund and Seminars

Everyone wins a prize!

For information and reservation form  (click here) or contact Mr. Noboru Saito by e-mail (click here) or telephone (248) 585-7982.

Please shop and support MJDA: 

Konan 2018 Fall Promotional Clinic, Maumee OH – August 26

August 12, 2018

konan-logo3.jpgDATE: Sunday, August 26, 2018

TIMES:

Registration 12:30 PM -1:00 PM
Training and Review – 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Kata Certification Testing – 3:00 – 4:00 PM

COSTS:

Workshop – $20.00
USJF Kata Testing and Certification  – $20.00

LOCATION: Black Swamp Judo Club. 2564 Parkway Plaza, Maumee, OH 43537

CLINICIANS:

  • Mrs. Frances Glaze, Rokudan, Chair of the Board of Examiners, USJF A Kata Instructor and USJI Kata Judge.
  • Mr. Don Flagg, Rokudan,  Vice-Chair of the Board of Examiners, USJF A Kata Instructor and USJI Kata Judge.
  • Mr. Tom Sheehan, Rokudan, Promotion Committee Chair, USJF A Kata Instructor and USJI Kata Judge.
  • )ther members of the Konan Promotion Committee.

Candidates will review for their Kata and Go Kyo no Waza. We strongly suggest you prepare for the promotion test at the promotional clinic. Those that want to be certified in a Kata must fill out application form plus a $20.00 testing fee that goes to USJF. You must notify Mrs. Glaze that you are planning to test for Kata certification prior to the beginning of the clinic. Only USJF members may be evaluated for promotion and certification.

  • Candidates must have already submitted their Form 20 to Mr. Tom Sheehan,  Promotion Committee Chair and to Mrs. Frances Glaze, Chair Konan Board of Examiners.
  • Candidates without a  current  (4 years old or less) Background Check,  must have already submitted a Background Check to the USJF National Office.
  • A current (less than two years old) SafeSport Training and CDC Head’s Up Training Certificates must also be provided.
  • Candidates must a valid USJF Coaching or Teaching certificate.

The Registration Form and Waiver for the Clinic will be available at the Clinic.

Click here for the Workshop Registration Form and Waiver.

ELIGIBILITY: All participants must present a valid U.S.J.I., U.S.J.F. or U.S.J.A card at the workshop site. If
you cannot produce a card, in order to participate, you will need to purchase a membership on site. Foreign
contestants must have the proper ID from their home country.

Reminder – Jack Hatton / Harun Bogdanic Clinic – July 5 & July 7

June 30, 2018

Just a reminder – this Thursday and Saturday at the USJF/USJA Junior Nationals in Grand Rapids MI.  Two day clinic – attend one or both days.  Click here for the flier and registration form.

Questions? Click here to e-mail Harun Bogdanic.

 

Special Clinic – Traditions of the Kodokan- July 6, Grand Rapids MI

June 25, 2018

On Friday, July 6, 2018 at the Amway Grand Hotel, Grand Rapids MI, host hotel for the 2018 USJF/USJA Junior Nationals, there will be a unique judo opportunity:

Lecture and on-mat sessions to learn about the traditions, rituals, and concepts of Kano Sensei’s development of Judo from a very special guest clinician and lecturer: Sensei Susumu Takahashi, Professor and Managing Director of Daito Bunka University, 7th Dan, Kodokan Instructor, IJF International World Referee.

Click here for the full brochure and registration form.

***Please be sure to bring a white judo-gi to the clinic.

Sponsored by the USJF Referee Development and Certification Committee (RDCS)

For more information: E-mail Calvin Terada, Chair, USJF-RDCS.

 


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