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USA Judo Announces 2016 Rio Olympic Team

July 19, 2016
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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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2016 Rio Olympics and A Bright Future for Judo

July 17, 2016

 

From USA Judo:

On August 1st, the team of six American judokas will head to Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games! With only 19 days left, USA Judo would like to share some important information regarding the status of our sport at this year’s Olympic Games.

We have seen much progress in the sport of judo this Olympic quadrennial, both in the United States and Worldwide. Here are some of the huge milestones this sport has achieved in the past 4 years:

  • The International Judo Federation has announced new record numbers for this year’s Olympic Games. 136 Countries with a total of 389 Competitors will be attending the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. This surpasses the record numbers achieved in London 2012.
  • At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Judo Finals will be considered as a Prime Event; putting the Judo Finals into the same category as Gymnastics Finals, 100M Athletics Finals, and Tennis Finals.
  • USA Judo Athletes are earning wages and receiving support more than any other time in USA Judo history. In the last four years (2013-2016), USA Judo’s top four athletes (Kayla Harrison, Marti Malloy, Travis Stevens and Nick Delpopolo) received a minimum funding of $150,000 per athlete.
  • The International Judo Federation will soon be formally announcing that the 2017 World’s in Budapest, Hungary will offer a $1 Million total prize purse – thus placing these Championships in the top tier Olympic sports earnings.
  • Judo has received more media interest leading up to Rio and we anticipate receiving TV coverage during this year’s Olympic Games.

It is obvious that the sport of judo is moving into levels never achieved before.

USA Judo congratulates the International Judo Federation, under the leadership of Mr. Marius Vizer, for the many historical firsts at this coming Olympic Games, as well as the last four years.

We want to thank the United States Olympic Committee, the International Judo Federation, our sponsors and donors for all their support. We couldn’t achieve this much success without our wonderful partners… Now onward to Rio and a bright future!

JAM Konan Summer Junior Joint Workouts – RevisedFull Schedule and Flier

July 12, 2016

Here is the revised schedule for the full series of JAM/Konan Summer Junior Joint Workouts
Workout Schedule Updated

Click here for the flier and registration forms.

Harun Bogdanic

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

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

July 11, 2016

Harun BogdanicThe 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.

*** CANCELLED – JAM Konan Summer Junior Joint Workout – July 9 – Birmingham Y, Birmingham MI

July 9, 2016

Harun Bogdanic***July 9 Update – Birmingham Y is unexpectedly closed today. Clinic cancelled – Sorry for the inconvenience.

The first of four summer summer joint workouts is scheduled for this Saturday, July 9, 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.

Konan Summer Judo Camps – More News Coming Soon

June 2, 2016

Harun BogdanicStay tuned for coming news on Konan Summer Judo camps in July and August in various Konan dojo locations.

For more information or to volunteer your club as a host site, click here to e-mail Harun Bogdanic.

Revised USJF Senior Rank Requirements

May 7, 2016

New USJF LogoRecently the USJF adopted revised senior rank requirements.  Please click here or go to the Konan Promotion page, for more information.

Japanese Girls’ Day at the Detroit Institute of Arts – March 6

March 2, 2016

Cultural Demonstration: Japanese Girls' Day

At the Detroit Institute of Arts, March 6, 2016, 1 pm and 3 pm:

Join members of the Japan Society of Detroit Women’s Club and Ikebana International in a celebration of Japanese Girls’ Day, or Hinamatsuri, with demonstrations of ikebana flower arranging, tea ceremonies, traditional music and dance. Presented by the Consulate General of Japan in Detroit. Rivera Court, 2nd Level.

Click here for more information.

Passing of Dr. Bruce Wilson, Michigan Judoka

February 5, 2016

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Dr. Bruce Edward Wilson M.D., age 65, passed away peacefully at Sunrise Senior Living on Wednesday February 4, 2016 after a 20 year struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

Bruce dedicated his life to helping children as a pediatrician. A proud graduate of Michigan State University, he went on to study medicine at the University of Illinois-Chicago.  Bruce served as associate professor of pediatrics at MSU while treating and advocating for children with neuro-metabolic disorders.

Dr. Wilson was also a veteran of the U.S. Army, retiring as Lieutenant Colonel. He held posts in West Germany, at Walter Reed Military Hospital, and at Fort Bragg. Bruce also served in Iran, where he was taken hostage, and later in the First Gulf War.

An active member of the Michigan Judo community, Bruce achieved the rank of Godan (fifth degree black belt), and was a national level official.

He also enjoyed participating with Boy Scouts Troop 109.

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley F. Wilson and Helen H. Wilson of Jacksonville Florida. He is survived by his wife, Diane (Dee) Wilson; his brother, David Wilson; two sons, Brian and Kara (Kuszynski) Wilson of Farmington, and Timothy and Jennifer (Thomas) Wilson of Okemos; two grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to express appreciation to Hospice of Michigan for their care and support. The family will receive friends at the Metcalf and Jonkhoff Funeral Chapel on Monday from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held in the chapel on Monday at 2:00 p.m. Military honors to follow under the auspices of the Kent County Honor Guard. Charitable contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan for their outstanding care and support.

Upcoming Events – As of May 8, 2016

February 3, 2016

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

Saturday, June 4, 2016: North Coast Judo Championships, Lorain OH

Saturday, June 11, 2016: Tohkon Classic XXI, Oak Lawn IL

Saturday, June 25, 2016: State Games of Michigan Judo Competition, Grand Rapids MI

June 28, 29 & 30, 2016: 16th Annual USJF National Kata Conference, Norwalk CA

July 1, 2, & 3, 2016: USJF/USJA Junior & Senior Judo National Championships, Anaheim CA

July 24 – July 30, 2016: Camp Budokan, East Oshawa ON

August 6 & 7, 2016: Fight Like A Girl Camp, Portage MI

Sunday, August, 28, 2016: 2016 MJDA George Balch Memorial Golf Outing, Sterling Heights MI

Sunday, September 11, 2016: 2016 Konan Fall Promotional Clinic, Maumee OH

Saturday, September 16, 2016: 21st Annual Rock N Roll Capital of the World Judo Tournament, Lodi OH

Sunday, October 2, 2016: 2016 Konan Fall Promotion Testing, Maumee OH

Saturday, October 8, 2016: 2016 Great Lakes Open Judo Championships, Grand Rapids MI

Check again soon for more upcoming events.

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