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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.

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.

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.

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:

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September 9, 2016


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,

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:

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


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