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Referee Clinic – Judo CARE System – October 19, 2014 – Grand Rapids

September 28, 2014

Attention referees, scorekeepers, competitors and coaches:

Konan Yudanshakai, Judo Affiliates of Michigan and Michigan Judo Development Association  present an important and unique clinic at the upcoming Great Lakes Open Judo Tournament in Grand Rapids on October 19.

Mr. Daniel Lee, developer of  Judo CARE software and official supplier USA-Judo will be coming to the Great Lakes tournament to instruct us in the use of the Judo CARE system.

If you are planning on refereeing and your certification has expired you will need to take a written test and on the mat evaluation.  You must also comply with the Michigan sports Concussion Law, Click here for the more information, including the required  training.  You must complete one of two course (CDC “Heads Up” Concussion In Youth Sports  or The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Training  and have a course completion certificate. If you don’t have the certification you will not be able to referee.  It will take about 20 minutes to complete when done.  Please send your certificate to Mr. Tom Sheehan when completed.

Clinic Details:

Date: 10/19/14


West Catholic High School
1801 Bristol Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Time: 8:30am

Cost: None

USA JUDO COACHING CERTIFICATION Clinic – Chu To BU Judo, Avon OH – August 23

August 11, 2014

USA Judo Logo Vertical 2009 RChu To Bu BRASASATURDAY AUGUST 23, 2014 –  12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

The Coach Certification Clinic will be held @ Chu To Bu/Brasa Judo Jiu Jitsu & MMA.  Paul Jordan and Lorey Edwards both USA Judo International Coaches along with special guest 8X US & Japan Olympic Wrestling Coach, Mr. Tadaaki Hatta. We will be certifying Club, State, Regional and National Coaches.

Successful completion of this clinic will satisfy the requirements for Coach Certification as well as maintenance of expired Coach Certifications.  Letters of Completion will be distributed at the end of the clinic.

Eligibility: All participants must be members of the USJA, USJF or USA Judo

Fees: $35 per person payable to “Chu To Bu/Brasa”

The cost for obtaining Coaching Certificate from USA Judo is $70 subtract $20 if you do not need an ID card.  An ID card is required for coaching mat side.

Location: Chu To Bu/Brasa 1384 Lear Industrial Parkway, Avon, Oh. 44011

Click here for the full flier.

Kodokan Nage no Kata Video

June 14, 2014

Classic instructional video:

Nakano Clinic Report

May 23, 2014

2014-05 Nakano Clnic 1

Photos taken by Mari Nakayama

This clinic was held at the Saito-dojo located in Birmingham YMCA, Birmingham, Michigan on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

The clinic was started on time at 1 pm with introduction of Nakano-sensei by the host Noboru Saito. Nakano sensei taught importance of basics such as grip (what part of fingers to put the pressure), location of hikite (pulling) with hand near the partner’s forearm near the elbow, tsurite’s location and how to place tsurite hand to the partner’s chest, first step foot position and height of that knee (weight on) , then hikite pulling direction, and taisaki speed (two step entry), etc.

First, Nakano-sensei started with throwing techniques: he showed his Taiotoshi (about 40 minutes), then to Kouchigari for another 30 minutes. After his demonstration, students tried the techniques with Nakano-sensei making corrections as they practiced. Students asked many questions and Nakano-sensei took time to answer by showing and explaining more about his Taiotoshi and Kouchigari. After about 10 minutes break, he showed us a turn-over that was easy to understand, with four ‘what-if” cases from the first position.

2014-05 Nakano Clnic 2After about 10 minutes break, he showed us a turn-over that was easy to understand, with four ‘what-if” cases from the first position.

Click here to read the rest of the report

All Japan Judo Championships Nage-no-kata – 29/04/2012

May 11, 2014

Anyone recognize Tori?

Kata: Even for champion fighters!

MJDA Holiday Book Auction – Rare Judo Books – Update

December 8, 2013


Click here for an update of the current bids.  Note that six books are offered now – see the updated slide show below.  But standby… there may be more soon,

Please help support the work of Michigan Judo Development Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the sport of judo, and make another judoka happy this holiday season.

Due to the generous donation by Mr. Keith Sheppard, a former student of Saito-sensei, the following six collectible books are available for purchase by auction, with bidding ending December 29, 2013.

Click here to submit bids to Mr. Gerald Wee by e-mail.

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Video – Gokyo no Waza – The Throws of Judo – on new Saito Dojo Website

December 6, 2013

Click on the logo below to visit the new Saito Dojo website and see video of all the throws of judo.  Thanks to Saito student Robin Hernandez for building the new site.

Saito Judo Karate

SafeSport Training Required January 1, 2014

October 27, 2013

Effective January 1, 2014, satisfactory completion of the SafeSport course is required for USA Judo club membership. If you have already completed the course and submitted a copy of your certificate, you do not need to resubmit.

For more information or to take the course, please visit


SafeSport seeks to create a healthy, supportive environment for all participants. Through education, resources, and training, we help members of the sport community recognize, reduce, and respond to misconduct in sport.


The SafeSport program is the culmination of sustained work on the part of a number of passionate individuals. In 2010, the USOC convened the Working Group for Safe Training Environments and charged it with the task of developing a set of recommendations concerning misconduct in sport. The diverse group, which included individuals from the Olympic Family as well as external experts, focused on four primary objectives:

▪ Addressing sexual and physical misconduct in sport

▪ Reviewing the guidelines across sports and other related organizations for responding to these issues

▪ Assessing the needs of athletes, coaches, staff, National Governing Bodies (NGBs), clubs and other sport organizations

▪ Developing a set of recommendations to promote athlete well-being

Based on the group’s report, the USOC founded the SafeSport program to address misconduct in sport by providing information, training, and resources.

Read more on the following page:

Great Lakes Judo Open Junior Concussion Law

October 5, 2013

Hi all,

There is new concussion legislation in Michigan.  Click here for the info sheet/waiver form.  If you have junior athletes attending the GLO, this must be signed by a parent or guardian.  The can be signed on site, but if your student’s parent is not attending, please have them sign in advance and bring it along.

Thanks for your compliance with this new law.

Jim Murray
Godai Judo
Ph: 616-293-1568

IMPORTANT – Michigan Concussion Law Update – Mandatory Compliance

September 30, 2013

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Online trainingAs of this writing 38 states have passed a head injury law (focusing on concussion for youth) which includes judo and judo class activities.  In response to this action we have taken the following position that was passed pending legal review (which took place) at then last Board of Directors Meeting.

We have finalized the Konan Policy and Procedure in regards to head injuries in close consultation with the Konan and JAM attorney and the USJF attorney.  This policy and procedure is based on the Michigan Law.  For those of you not in Michigan we suggest you speak to your attorneys to ensure our policy and procedures are aligned with your state laws regarding head injuries and concussions. 


Click here to visit the full  CDC concussion website.

A certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of the approximately 1/2 hour course and a copy is to be sent to the Executive Director (Neil Simon is executive director for both organizations) by e-mail (click here).  The course should be completed ASAP.

For those out of Michigan it would be very helpful to let us know the modifications to the policy and procedure your legal advisor recommend so we can have it for the record.

I have attached for your use the following:

    Judo Concussion Policies For the State of Michigan Members
    Parent and athlete info sheet compliance statement

Compliance is mandatory!

If you have any questions about the mandatory compliance please contact Jim Murray, Konan President, or Neil Simon, JAM President and Executive Director for Konan and JAM.

This policy and procedure will be in force  at the GLO!!!

Thanks for all your help and participation. 

For Jim Murray, President
Neil Simon, Executive Director

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