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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.

 

2018 USJF/USJA Junior Nationals – Pre-Registration Deadline

June 17, 2018

Just a reminder:  the pre-registration deadline for the Junior Nationals in Grand Rapids is this Friday, June 22.  Pre-register and save money!

Click here for the registration web page.

Passing of Vigil Goodwine – sensei

April 29, 2018

As many of you know, Virgil Goodwine recently passed away.  Virgil obtained the rank of Rokudan.  He was student under George Funakoshi Ohio State University.  When George retired Virgil took over as head instructor at OSU.  He was a national competitor for many years in the plus 100 Kg.  He was also a Konan Ohio Vice President in the 1980s.  He will be missed by many he was always smiling and laughing and had a good time with anyone he was with.  His obituary is below.

Tom Sheehan


Virgil B. GOODWINE ObituaryGOODWINE, Virgil B. 60, of Springfield, Ohio passed away April 24, 2018. He was born February 19, 1958 the son of Marion N. and Marian (Anderson) Goodwine. Virgil is a graduate of The Ohio State University. He retired from the State of Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources. Virgil is survived by his devoted wife, Rita Cecil Goodwine; daughter, Chrisondra Goodwine; sons, Virgil Goodwine II and Julian (Brooke) Goodwine; siblings, Ava, Donna and Van and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation is Monday, April 30, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. In St. John Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Ferncliff Cemetery. Arrangements by the Robert C. Henry-Clark Funeral Home. www.robertchenryfuneralhome.com

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

April 27, 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.

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: 

2018 AKIYA JUDO CHAMPIONSHIP SHIAI and KATA COMPETITION

March 5, 2018

SIGN UP NOW!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

HOSTED BY: Mideast Cudell Judo Club. Click here to e-mail or phone (216) 287-0795 or (216) 961-9441

SANCTIONED BY: United States Judo Federation – Sanction Number: 18-05-01

LOCATION: Cudell Recreation Center, 1910 West Blvd.,  Cleveland OH 44102

NEW SIMPLE ONLINE OR EMAIL PREREGISTRATION PROCESS—SAVE $10! NO PENALTY IF YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND! SO SIGN UP NOW!

Preregister via email or online and pay at the door and save $10.00! All we need for online registration is your info, we will collect the money on the day of the tournament. This will speed up pool assignments on the day of the tournament.  There is no penalty if you decide to withdraw so there is no reason not to register now!

To preregister  click here to go to the tournament web site and follow the instructions.

Email and online registration closes at 11:59 PM May 2, 2018

Click here for the mail-in Flyer : 2018 AKIYA TOURNAMENT Flyer


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