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Happy Holidays from the North (Canada)

December 20, 2013

Here, courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada, is a short documentary, Judoka, about Canadian Doug Rogers, silver medalist in the heavy-weight division of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

At 6-foot 3 inches, Rogers  was truly the giant of Canadian judo.  Leaving Canada for Japan in 1960 at age 19, Rogers was not only a student of judo but, becoming fluent in Japanese, he also absorbed Japanese culture, learning well:

After Roger’s Olympic final, in which he was defeated by the great Isao Inokuma by split decision after a 15 minute match, Rogers had this to say:  It was a good decision… he attacked more than I did. He’s very strong and very experienced. With more training perhaps I can do better.

Check out the excellent randori sequence at 9:58 of the full film:  Click here for the full film,  Judoka by Josef Reeve, National Film Board of Canada

Video – Justin Flores – Yoko Tomoe-nage

July 21, 2013

Here is teaching video from Justin Flores showing a Yoko Tomoe-nage similar to the one the Ms. Amarilis Savón Carmenate taught in this Saturday’s clinic (her was in a combination as a second attack following o-uchi-gari).

Thanks to Paul Jordan for this video tip.

Konan Kata Clinic Series Continues

February 17, 2013

konan-logo3DATES:  March 3,  May 19, and June 16, 2013

PURPOSE: To train judoka in Kata and to produce judges and instructors for USA Judo and USJF.


  • March 3, 2013, Goshinjutsu
  • May 19, 2013, Kime no Kata & Itsutsu no Kata
  • June 16, 2013, Koshiki no Kata



  • $25.00 for Clinic
  • Testing and certification for:
    • USA Judo Judging: $25.00
    • USJF Teaching: $20.00

Please click her for Registration Form.  Please complete and bring to clinic(s).

Ju no Kata, Goshinjutsu, and Koshiki no Kata

  • 10:45 to 11:00 AM Registration
  • 11:00 to 3:00 PM Clinic

Kime no Kata and Itsutsu no Kata

  • 11:15 to 11:30AM Registration
  • 11:30 to 3:30 clinic


Noboru Saito, Hachidan, Frances Glaze, Rokudan (A Teacher and Judge in 7 Katas), Don Flagg,
Rokudan , Tom Sheehan, Rokudan, Neil Simon, Godan (A Teacher and Judge in 5 Katas)

Reminder – Kayla Harrison Clinic – November 30 & December 1

November 24, 2012


Next weekend Paul Jordan and Chu To Bu West host a two-day judo clinic led by Olympic Gold medalist Kayla Harrison.

Save by preregistering. Click here for details.


2012 Great Lakes Open Looks to Have Record Numbers

September 24, 2012

2012 Great Lakes Open

Hi All, Hope to see you all at the Great Lakes Open this year! October 14thGrand Rapids Michigan. It looks like we will have a record number of players this year. Get your entries in now as we are only three weeks away!

  • · Juniors
  • · Seniors
  • · Masters
  • · Kata
  • · Team

There will be something judo for everyone this year!  All proceeds to benefit Michigan Judo Development, Inc. , a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to teh the Olympic sport of judo. Jim Jim Murray Godai Judo Ph: 616-293-1568 E-Mail Web: Godai Judo, Grand Rapids MI

Groupon Discount – MMA Cage Fight Festival: Brawl in the Fall – Meadow Brook Music Festival

September 1, 2012

Click here for discounted admission to the MMA Cage Fight Festival: Brawl in the Fall – Meadow Brook Music Festival, September 16.

Konan / JAM Web Site Fixed

August 5, 2012

Fixed, thanks to volunteer help on  Just another reason to use WordPress as your website platform.  Amazing support forums manned by volunteers. I received the solution less tah 15 minutes after posting the problem. What a community!

Konan / JAM Web Site is Broken

August 5, 2012

Sorry readers:  display of the Konan / JAM website is broken. Fix in progess.

Video – Judo 2012 World Masters Almaty: Anai (JPN) – Rakov (KAZ) [-100kg] semi-final

June 25, 2012

From Jerry Jackson:

An unexpected and devastating ashi waza toward the end of this video ends the Gold Medal ambitions of Takamasa Anai at the 2012 World Masters tournament. Click here for Jerry’s complete commentary

Konan Invitational Results at MSU on 2/26

March 8, 2012

On February 26, Konan hosted the Konan Invitational Tournament at MSU and the results are now posted.

Click here to view : 2012 Konan Invitational Tournament Results

We had a great turnout and had Kwon on site marketing judo wares.

I wanted to thank MSU for hosting again, as well as our volunteers that helped with registration (Don Kelley),
pooling (Dan, Joe and Bob), announcing (Neil, Louise and Roland), scorers (too many to list) and refereeing (Don Flagg and his many friends).

Please let me know if you have any comments or suggestions.

Steven DeRaedt E-mail
Konan Judo Association

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