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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.

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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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Passing of Sensei Lowell F. Slaven

January 9, 2016

Sensei Lowell F. SlavenMessage from Patrick Burris, USA Judo Coach Program:

It is with great sadness that I share the announcement of the death of Coach Lowell Slaven. Lowell Slaven was a tremendous judo man who introduced a large number of people to our sport. He was a great friend and he will be missed. Our hearts and prayers are with his family and students.

Lowell Franklin Slaven passed away at Community Hospital Anderson on Monday, January 4, 2016.



December 7, 2015

Million Budget for 2016 Olympic Year

USA Judo Logo Vertical 2009 RIrving, Texas- November 22, 2015 – On the occasion of the USA Judo President Cup in Irving, Texas, the USA Judo Board of Directors met to review the accomplishments of 2015 as well as to discuss ways to improve the organization’s governance. Furthermore, the USA Judo Board of Directors began to make plans for the next Olympic quadrennial.

Among the items that were discussed and approved by the Board of Directors included the creation of a new USA Judo Foundation using the funds that were recently transferred to USA Judo from the American Judo Fund. This new foundation will be governed by an independent board that is appointed by the USA Judo Board of Directors. The structure is set up in a manner that will permit the foundation assets to be consolidated with USA Judo financial assets, though the entities will maintain proper separate governance to protect these valuable assets. Mr. Tom James, USA Judo legal counsel, is presently working with the Board to finalize and register this new foundation as a 501-C3 corporation. “We are very pleased to have these funds maintained under the governance of USA Judo’s Board and membership, and we look forward to increasing the funds with donations from our members”, said Mr. Noboru Saito, member of USA Judo Board of Directors and Chair of the Audit Committee.


Jack Tono Funeral Information

November 13, 2015

Dear Friends,

I would like to pass on the obituary notice which includes the funeral arrangements for my father, Jack Tono.

My family and I appreciate all of your thoughtful words and comfort.

Thank you very much.


Jack Kiyoto Tono, formerly of Chicago, passed away peacefully at home in Thornton, CO. on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at the age of 94.

Born and raised in California, he and his family were forced to relocate from the San Jose area and interned at the Heart Mountain Internment Camp during WWII where he became part of what is now known as the “Heart Mountain 63” (young Nisei men from Heart Mountain who resisted the draft, were arrested, tried and imprisoned).

Beloved husband of the late Mary Hisako Tono, he is survived by his children Roxane, Jacqueline, Nadine (Robert), Deborah, Douglas (Caryn) and his four grandchildren Kenji, Toshi, Kimiko, and Trent.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at the Buddhist Temple of Chicago, 1151 W. Leland Ave., Chicago, IL 60640. Visitation is at 1:00pm followed by a service at 2:30pm.  For info call the Buddhist Temple of Chicago at 773/334-4661.

Doug Tono

TohkonTohkon Judo Academy
4427 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: 773.784.7766

Robert Bonner Memorial

October 15, 2015
The family of Robert Bonner is going to have a private memorial service.  Mrs. Katie Bonner greatly appreciates all the love, prayers and support she has received from the judo community and wanted you to all know how grateful she is to you.
Neil Simon

Passing of Sensei Robert (Bob) Bonner – October 11, 2015

October 12, 2015
Dr. Ashida with Sensei Bonner

Sensei Bonner with Dr. Ashida

Obituary by Mr. Neil Simon, Past President, USJF:

Sensei Robert Bonner passed away on 11 October.

Robert Bonner established the Yomeikan Judo Club in Defiance, OH during the early 1990s.

Dr. Sachio Ashida named Sensei Bonner’s club Yomeikan Judo. Yomeikan is translated as meaning “The Hall of Enlightenment.” Sensei Bonner has taught judo in Buffalo, New York, the YMCA and Bowles Karate Academy in Defiance, Ohio, and the Bushido Martial Arts Dojo in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

He transferred the club’s association with the Niagara Yudanshakai to the Konan Yudanshakai in 2011 due to location and the passing of his Sensei Dr. Sachio Ashida. The Yomeikan Judo Club’s current locations are at 6125 Cross Creek Blvd. in Fort Wayne and 1623 Evan Drive, Defiance, Ohio.

Sensei Bonner began practicing Judo in Akron, OH in 1952. He joined the United States Air Force in 1955 and became a member of the All Armed Forces Judo Team. As a member of the team, he competed in Judo events held in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He was promoted to 1st degree black belt in 1958.

After completing his service in the Air Force, Sensei Bonner practiced and taught Judo from 1959 – 1984 in Buffalo, NY at several YMCAs and at the University of Buffalo.

Sensei Bonner first met Dr. Sachio Ashida at the Senior National Judo Tournament in Lincoln, Nebraska. Dr. Ashida became his teacher, coach, and close friend. Sensei Bonner was promoted to his 2nd and 3rd degree black belts in 1967 and 1971. He participated in the Olympic Judo Trials in 1968 in Sacramento, California and in 1972 in Pennsylvania when Dr. Ashida was the US Judo Team’s coach. Sensei Bonner was promoted to 4th degree black belt in 1977 and certified by the United States Judo Federation as a National Referee and Judo lnstructor in the 1980s. He was promoted to 5th and 6th degree black belts in 1984 and 1996 and to 7th degree black belt in 2011. ln 2005, he was also promoted to 2nd degree black belt in Heike Ryu Jiu Jitsu.

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USJF Athlete-Scholar of the Year Award Application Deadline

October 5, 2015

New USJF LogoAttention high school and college students:  If you are a USJF Member, check your qualification for the USJF Athlete-Scholar of the Year Award.

The application deadline for the 2014/2105 academic year is October, 31, 2015.

Click here to learn more about the award or here to download the application form.

Here are some of the details:

The United States Judo Federation Board of Directors has established the “USJF Athlete-Scholar of the Year Award.” First prize is $1,000.00, second prize $750.00, and third prize $500.00.  The money will be paid directly to the College or University of their choice at the time of matriculation.

The high school/college year of this contest extends from September 2014 through June 2015 and consists of any two continuous semesters. One semester may be from high school and the other from college.

The contestant must submit a school transcript(s), which includes a list of courses taken, a letter or numerical grade for each course and his or her grade point average. Report cards will NOT be accepted. The degree of difficulty of each course will be considered. A high or even the highest G.P.A. will not ensure a win.

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2015 IJF World Championships

August 25, 2015

IJFMore from Dr. Charles Medani, President Shufu Yudanshakai:

Marti Malloy and Hana Carmichael take to the mat tomorrow (Wednesday) looking for podium honors.

In 2013 Marti struck Silver at the Worlds. She’s currently ranked #5 in the world – can she repeat and possibly bring home Gold?

 And is Hana, ranked at #44 in the world, ready to step up onto the Worlds podium this year?

Check it out tomorrow morning. But while you’re waiting, take a look at these sites: and

For information about the tournament in real time and even on live TV (remembering that Astana is 10 hours ahead of Eastern time), and to see how Marti and Hana fared, check out these sites (click on links):

More tomorrow!

Chuck Medani

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