Archive for the ‘Coaching & Teaching’ Category

Hiroshi Nakamura Instructional Video

June 12, 2013

NakemuraMichigan Judo Development is pleased to offer a new instructional video, published in honor of Nakamura-sensei’s recent promotion to Kudan and his recent award of the prestigious Order of Canada, for his contribution to the development of the sport of judo in Canada and especially in Quebec.

In this instructional video, Nakamura-sensei reviews and explains over a dozen techniques in great detail, demonstrating over a dozen tachi-waza techniques.  This video is a must for all judo instructors and students. Nakamura-sensei was a top competitor in Japan in the early and mid-1960’s after which he came to Canada and quickly established himself as one of the top instructors and coaches in the country. Nakamura -sensei coached five Canadian Olympic teams, guiding Nicholas Gill to Olympic Silver and Bronze. learn from one of the best!

Available for $35 (including shipping) from MJDA.  Please send your check to:

Michigan Judo Development Association
139 Roth Boulevard
Clawson MI 48017

Please indicate “Nakamura Video” on your check. Proceeds to benefit MJDA and to underwrite the production costs of this excellent video.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Noboru Saito

Click here for a brief biography of Nakamura-sensei

Uchimata Demo by Hidehiko Yoshida

June 11, 2013


New Michigan Sports Concussion Law

April 4, 2013

Sports Concussion Graphicd

A concussion is a serious brain injury, caused by a blow, bump or jolt to the head. It can occur in any sport or recreational activity.

Michigan was the 39th U.S. state to enact a law that regulates sports concussions and return to athletic activity. The law goes into full effect on June 30th, 2013.

The sports concussion legislation requires all coaches, employees, volunteers, and other adults involved with a youth athletic activity to complete a concussion awareness on-line training program.

The organizing entity must provide educational materials on the signs/symptoms and consequences of concussions to each youth athlete and their parents/guardians and obtain a signed statement acknowledging receipt of the information for the organizing entity to keep on record.

The law also requires immediate removal of an athlete from physical participation in an athletic activity who is suspected of sustaining a concussion. The student athlete must then receive written clearance from an appropriate health professional before he or she can return to physical activity.

Click here for more information.

Justin Flores Teaches Yoko-tomoenage

March 19, 2013

Two-time USA World Team Member, Three-time National Champion Justin Flores teaches Yoko-tomoenage.

Chu To Bu West Judo will be hosting Mr. Flores for a competitve judo clinic soon.  Watch for the announcement tomorrow.

USA Judo To Offer Coaching Clinic Online

February 21, 2013
Photo by USA Judo

Photo by USA Judo

By Ernest Pund, USA Judo Communications


Your calling is to be a judo coach. But maybe you live in a remote farming town of North Dakota and it is so cold outside that your car won’t start. Or maybe you’re just crazy busy at work. Traveling to a certification clinic is costly.

The solution is coming soon. USA Judo is producing an online coaching course that you will take at your convenience. This online course will provide a would-be sensei with the essential knowledge and training to be certified by USA Judo for the most basic level of coaching, said Pat Burris, two-time Olympian, head of USA Stars Sports Training Centers in Oklahoma and chair of USA Judo’s Coaches Education Committee.

Among the topics covered will be:

  • Legal and liability issues of running a club
  • Competition rules and organization
  • Strength and conditioning exercises
  • The history of judo
  • Injuries and basic first aid
  • Teaching the basic techniques

Plans for the course include a final exam, Burris said. USA Judo understands that it can be difficult to reach one of the live clinics offered by USA Judo for certification, he said. “And we know there are judoka out there who would make great coaches but can’t get to the clinics.”

In addition to offering the online course, Burris said, USA Judo wants to assemble a bank of resource material for coaches, including videos and articles on a variety of topics.

Stay tuned for more information soon.

By Ernest Pund, USA Judo Communications

SafeSport Code Now Available for USA Judo Coaches

October 31, 2012

Coaches, the SafeSport Code is now available through USA Judo.  Please e-mail  Kevin Wagoner in the National Office at  for this code.

Please remember, satisfactory completion of this course is a requirement for USA Judo club membership.  For more information on the course, please click here.

Questions?  E-mail Corinne Shigemoto of USA Judo.

Video – Judo 2012 World Masters Almaty: Sanjaasuren (MGL) – Morishita (JPN) [-66kg] semi-final

August 27, 2012

From Jerry jackson:

A safe time to attack without fear of a counter attack is demonstrated by Sanjaasuren (MGL) in White.

Zip through 85% of the clip and notice Morishita (JPN) Blue seems to have lost his concentration and his desire to defend against an attack. He has let go with this right hand and now it’s useless as a defensive tool. He doesn’t seem to have a sense of danger or fear of his opponent.

Sanjaasuren can’t believe his good fortune. He immediately takes a high upper sleeve grip on Morishita’s upper left arm to ensure that Morishita is unable to pull away from what comes next, a beautifully executed ashi waza. Notice the downward pulling of the sleeve by Sanjaasuren and how he tucks it in to create the torque needed to complete the throw. Outstanding competitive instincts and technique!!

Giants of Judo – Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki

June 23, 2012

Giants of Judo – Masahiko Kimura

June 16, 2012

Click here for more on Kimura-sensei

2012 Busan International Sports Festival (Judo)

May 23, 2012

A message from Mr. Joon K. Chi, Chairman of the USJF Referee Development Committee:

Hello everyone.

This will be the 5th time USJF high school development program will attend the Festival in Busan, Korea. It will be July 21–July 28. This is a training camp and Shiai for High School students. If you are interested in attending, here are the requirements:

  • USJF member
  • 10-12th grade in high school
  • 70 kg or more (because open weight categories)
  • Approval of parents and coach
  • Provide your own round trip ticket (room and board are provided by the Organizing Committee)
  • Individuals must have health insurance

In the past this has been a wonderful cultural and learning experience and I look forward to another great week in Busan with young US students.


Joon K. Chi

Interested students should have their sensei contact Mr. Steven DeRaedt, Konan President by e-mail at once.

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