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Passing of Bill Clark-sensei

February 13, 2018

William (“Bi;;”) Archie Clark, age 77 years, passed away Friday, February 09, 2018 at his residence in Essexville, Michigan.

He was born on July 30, 1940 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the son of the late William E. and Phyllis (Fellows) Clark.

Bill was united in marriage to Rosalind Barnett on September 24, 1960 and she preceded him in death on June 27, 1996.

He was a veteran of the US Navy and a member of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church.

Bill was a member of the Operating Engineers Local 324 for more than 50 years. He worked with his father at Clark Contracting for 40 years. In the winter months he was a substitute teacher with the Essexville and Bay City Public Schools where he was known as “Sarge”.

Bill was also a very passionate member of the US Judo Federation where he attained his Black Belt 7th Degree.  Bill was a regular competitor in Michigan judo tournaments for many decades, known to all for his love of judo.

Surviving family include his children, Kathryn Clark, William (Brenda) Clark, Krista Kloha and Matthew Clark; grandchildren, Gabrielle (Steven), Griffin, William, Brittany, Eric (Hannah), Sarah (Brian), Christopher, Kevin (Ashley), Alyssa and Caitlin; 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Clark; brothers-in-law, Lindsey Spurlock and William (Sherry) Barnett; sister-in-law, Kathy (Jim) McDonald and many nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Bud Barnett and sisters-in-law, JoAnne Clark and Janice Spurlock.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Bay City MI. The family will greet friends from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Thursday at the church. Private burial will be at Floral Gardens Cemetery. Those desiring may make contributions to wishes of the family.

Deadline for Konan Fall Promotion From Submission – July 31

July 29, 2017

Just a reminder – Dan Promotion Forms due July 31.  Click here for more info.

Upcoming Events

July 16, 2017

Click on links below for details and look on the listed Judo sites for other events:

Saturday, March 17, 2018: Preregistration Deadline Michigan Open

Sunday, March 25, 2018: 2018 Michigan Open Judo Championships, East Lansing MI

Saturday, April 28, 2018: Indiana State Judo Championships & Virgil Bowles Kata Championship, Portland IN

Wednesday, May 2, 2018: Pre-registration Deadline Akiya Judo Championships

Saturday, May 5, 2018: 2018 Akiya Judo Championships, Cleveland OH

Saturday, May 12, 2018: Ohio State Judo Championships, Bluffton OH

May 12 -13, 2018: 2018 USA Judo Senior National Championships, Round Rock TX

Saturday, June 2, 2018:North Coast Judo Championships, Lorain OH

Thursday, July 5, 2018:  Jack Hatton & Harun Bogdanic Junior Clnic, Grand Rapids MI

July 6-8, 2018: USJF/USJA Jr. Nationals. Grand Rapids, MI

Saturday, November 3, 2018: 2018 Great Lakes Open, Grand Rapids MI

Check again soon for more upcoming events.

Judo Event Calendars:

Passing of JOSEPH RAYMOND “SENSEI JOE” HIGI III

September 9, 2016

From legacy.com

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, visitwww.mccombandsons.com

JAM Konan Summer Junior Joint Workout – August 20 – Birmingham Y, Birmingham MI

August 15, 2016

Harun BogdanicThe last of three summer summer joint workouts is scheduled for this Saturday, August 20, at Saito-dojo, Birmingham Y, Birmingham MI.

Time: 12:00 noon – 2:30 pm

Click here for the flier and registration forms.

The goal of these joint workouts is to get as many junior/youth competitors together in one place as possible so they can all get mat time with other’s in their skill, weight and age range that they don’t see all the time. This should be a great opportunity to play with other competitors and experience what it will take to play at the national level.

Cost:   Costs will be 10 dollars per person.  In the event that there are multiple club members we will discount each club member $2 per additional member (i.e. cost $8/person)

Training Camp Facilitator:  Harun Bogdanic involved with judo in. Michigan since 2010

  • 2016 US Judo
  • 2016 All-American for Grand Valley State
  • Multiple state and regional tournament winner..
  • IJF Coaching Certification candidate

For more information, click here to e-mail Harun Bogdanic.

USA Judo Makes History in Rio

August 14, 2016

From USA Judo:

Team USA put on a show in Rio; With a Gold, Silver and a 7th Place win, USA ranked 5th overall at the Judo Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Click here to watch replays of Olympic judo action.

“It’s amazing the success that USA Judo athletes have enjoyed these last two Olympic Games; to finish 5th in the world, beating Brazil in Brazil, as well as Cuba’s well respected Judo program, speaks to the smart planning and return on investment of our National coaches.” – Jose Rodriguez, USA Judo CEO.

The 2016 team represented the United States well, giving their best Olympic performance to date.

“We shocked and impressed the entire world once again with our judo team.” Says Jimmy Pedro. “I didn’t think we would be able to outdo our performance in London. To have two athletes make the finals in the Olympic games in absolutely amazing.”

Head Coach, Jimmy Pedro is pleased with how the team came together in Rio. “They acted as a family. They won together. They lost together. The entire team was competitive in every match. The team put up a good fight. They were courageous and excited to be here. The whole team is happy.” Says Jimmy Pedro.

Jose Rodriguez, who has been CEO at USA Judo for 11 years, is excited with how much the entire team and staff has accomplished the past two quadrennials.

“I want to not only congratulate Kayla, Travis, and their coaches, but each and every one of our athletes whose strong shoulders our Olympic medalist have been carried!” Says Jose Rodriguez. “This is a Team USA Judo success and every member shares in this historic success.”

Not only did the athletes make history with their performance, judo in the United States was represented in the media as never before. For the first time, Judo received LIVE TV coverage.

All Judo competitions were available to watch on NBC live stream. Both Travis Stevens and Kayla Harrison’s matches were broadcasted on LIVE TV on NBC Sports Network and MSNBC.

Additionally, Leo White, USA Judo Coach Director on the Board of Directors, was invited to commentate on NBC Sports Network. See his judo recap story here:http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/leo-white-kayla-harrison-has-historic-day-rio

Overall, this was great success for Judo in the United States. Great work Team USA!

 

Reminder – JAM Konan Summer Junior Joint Workout – August 13 – Alliance AZO, Kalamazoo MI

August 8, 2016

Harun Bogdanic*** Reminder – this Saturday  – August 13th.

*** For more information, click here to e-mail Harun Bogdanic or call (313) 915-7974.

*** Please be sure to have the standard waiver and the Heads Up waiver signed by your parents if you are a minor.

*** Please be sure to have your sensei (Shodan or higher) sign your standard waiver if you yourself are not Shodan or higher.

The second of three summer summer joint workouts is scheduled for this Saturday, August 13, at Alliance AZO, Kalamazoo MI.

Time: 12:00 noon – 2:30 pm

Click here for the flier and registration forms.

The goal of these joint workouts is to get as many junior/youth competitors together in one place as possible so they can all get mat time with other’s in their skill, weight and age range that they don’t see all the time. This should be a great opportunity to play with other competitors and experience what it will take to play at the national level.

Cost:   Costs will be 10 dollars per person.  In the event that there are multiple club members we will discount each club member $2 per additional member (i.e. cost $8/person)

Training Camp Facilitator:  Harun Bogdanic involved with judo in. Michigan since 2010

  • 2016 US Judo
  • 2016 All-American for Grand Valley State
  • Multiple state and regional tournament winner..
  • IJF Coaching Certification candidate

For more information, click here to e-mail Harun Bogdanic.

USA Judo Announces New Executive Director

July 21, 2016

From USA-Judo:

It was just seven months ago when Jose Rodriquez, Executive Director/CEO announced that this would be his last year with USA Judo. With the Olympic Games quickly approaching, so does the end of his 11-year commitment as the leader of the organization. Looking back to 2005, there has been a lot of positive change under Jose’s leadership. USA Judo has been developed into a brand that is worn well by our nation. USA Judo athletes are winning more than ever before, and are earning salaries and prize monies not believed possible eleven years ago. Club membership has tripled since 2005 and awareness for the sport has increased tremendously through extensive media coverage.

“It has been a true privilege to have served this organization and its members over the last eleven years.” says Jose Rodriquez. “We have accomplished a lot, but I also know there is still a lot more to be done. I know that under Keith’s leadership, new heights will be reached. I thank the staff of USA Judo, past and present, for their work and dedication as the successes achieved have been a team effort. I would also like to thank the USA Judo membership for their support these past years.  I am grateful to all the members of the past and present Board of Directors, led by President Lance Nading and former President Dr. Ron Tripp, for giving me the opportunity to serve you. Lastly, I would like to thank our athletes whose success on the world’s stage has made us all proud.”

On August 15, 2016, a new Executive Director will enter the USA Judo office, bringing in a wealth of knowledge in the Olympic Movement. Mr. Keith Bryant has been involved in the sports industry since 1992, spending 17 of those years with the United States Olympic Committee. He is very familiar with the USOC’s and National Governing Bodies’ commitment to sustained competitive excellence for American Athletes. Having risen through the ranks from coordinator to director, Keith has interacted with all departments within the USOC, the International Olympic Committee, all NGBs (including USA Judo), all Olympic Training Centers, the Athlete Ombudsman’s Office, USADA, the Athletes’ Advisory Council and the 34 Multi-Sport Organizations. Keith is very passionate about the Olympic Movement and knowledgeable in nearly every aspect of its operations.

For the last three years, Bryant has served as the Executive Director for the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region’s Southeast Family Center & Armed Services YMCA, as well as the Fountain Valley YMCA. In this role, he managed employees, volunteer board members, fundraising, membership experience, and the overall operations.

“I am honored, humbled and thrilled to be selected as the next Executive Director of USA Judo. During my 17 years in the Olympic Movement I have always respected the strong passion held by Judo athletes as well as the leadership and the overall membership of USA Judo. I look forward to building upon the success experienced by our Olympic and Paralympic athletes while also continuing the growth and popularity of the sport across the United States.” – Keith Bryant.

Lance Nading, President of USA Judo welcomes and congratulates Keith on the new role. “The Board of Directors of USA Judo and our sports partners at the USOC are extremely happy to have the large turnout of qualified applicants. The Board, in conjunction with the assistance of Executive Search Firm headed by Rick Mack, engaged in the process to select the right person for the position. The search took several months and it was a very thorough process that took a significant amount of patience. In the end we know we got the right guy to take us to the next level. Keith Bryant received a unanimous 10 out of 10 votes of support. We are very excited!”

Please join us in welcoming Keith Bryant to the USA Judo family.

With only 16 days to Rio, all attention and focus is on supporting our Judo Olympic and Paralympic athletes. The USA Judo transition will be a seamless process and will not interfere with the focus on the Games. Go Team USA!

Reminder – JAM Konan Summer Junior Joint Workout – July 24 – Birmingham Y, Birmingham MI

July 20, 2016

Harun Bogdanic*** Reminder – this Sunday – July 24th.

*** Please do not call the Birmingham Y for information. For more information, click here to e-mail Harun Bogdanic or call (313) 915-7974.

*** Please be sure to have the standard waiver and the Heads Up waiver signed by your parents if you are a minor.

*** Please be sure to have your sensei (Shodan or higher) sign your standard waiver if you yourself are not Shodan or higher.

The first of three summer summer joint workouts is scheduled for this Sunday, July 24, at Saito-dojo, Birmingham Y, Birmingham MI.

Time: 12:00 noon – 2:30 pm

Click here for the flier and registration forms.

The goal of these joint workouts is to get as many junior/youth competitors together in one place as possible so they can all get mat time with other’s in their skill, weight and age range that they don’t see all the time. This should be a great opportunity to play with other competitors and experience what it will take to play at the national level.

Cost:   Costs will be 10 dollars per person.  In the event that there are multiple club members we will discount each club member $2 per additional member (i.e. cost $8/person)

Training Camp Facilitator:  Harun Bogdanic involved with judo in. Michigan since 2010

  • 2016 US Judo
  • 2016 All-American for Grand Valley State
  • Multiple state and regional tournament winner..
  • IJF Coaching Certification candidate

For more information, click here to e-mail Harun Bogdanic.

USA Judo Announces 2016 Rio Olympic Team

July 19, 2016
usajudo logo rJUNE 01, 2016, 10:37 P.M. (ET)

After four years of rigorous training and competing, the USA Judo Olympic Team is set! In August, the team of six Judokas and three Coaches will be heading to Brazil to compete in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The men and women judokas representing the United States are: Kayla Harrison (-78 kg), Marti Malloy (-57 kg), Travis Stevens (-81 kg), Angelica Delgado (-52 kg), Colton Brown (-90 kg), and Nicholas Delpopolo (-73 kg).

The Coach Staff will include: Jimmy Pedro – Head Coach, James Pedro Sr. – Assistant Coach, and Chris Skelley – Team Manager

“It has been a long road but this is exciting times for USA Judo. Thanks to all the hard work of our athletes and national coaching staff we have put together one of our strongest Olympic teams ever.”Eddie Liddie, Director of High Performance

“I am super excited about the team we are bringing to Rio.” says head coach Jimmy Pedro. “We are headed into this Olympic Games with three top seeded athletes, Kayla Harrison (#1), Marti Malloy (#3), and Travis Stevens (#5) all of whom have proven they can win Gold at the highest level. All athletes on our team have a wealth of major international competition experience and are all medal contenders. With six strong U.S. Olympians, we are looking forward to another great Olympic performance in Rio.“Jimmy Pedro, USA Judo Olympic Head Coach.

Click here for roster details.


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