2018 USJF/USJA Junior Nationals – Pre-Registration Deadline

June 17, 2018 by

Just a reminder:  the pre-registration deadline for the Junior Nationals in Grand Rapids is this Friday, June 22.  Pre-register and save money!

Click here for the registration web page.

Passing of Vigil Goodwine – sensei

April 29, 2018 by

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. www.robertchenryfuneralhome.com

MJDA 2018 George Balch Memorial Golf Outing – Sunday, August 19, 2018

April 27, 2018 by

Please support Michigan Judo Development Association’s Annual golf fund raiser, held to honor the memory of one of Konan’s giants, Mr. George Balch.

Sponsored by Michigan Judo Development Association, Inc.

Sunday, August 19, 2018. 10 am.

Rammler Golf Club
38180 Utica Road
Sterling Heights,MI 48312


Proceeds to Benefit:

  • USJF George C. Balch Scholarship Fund
  • Noboru Saito Judo Grant Fund
  • Judo Programs in Michigan – Travel Fund and Seminars

Everyone wins a prize!

For information and reservation form  (click here) or contact Mr. Noboru Saito by e-mail (click here) or telephone (248) 585-7982.

Please shop and support MJDA: 


March 5, 2018 by


Saturday, May 5, 2018

HOSTED BY: Mideast Cudell Judo Club. Click here to e-mail or phone (216) 287-0795 or (216) 961-9441

SANCTIONED BY: United States Judo Federation – Sanction Number: 18-05-01

LOCATION: Cudell Recreation Center, 1910 West Blvd.,  Cleveland OH 44102


Preregister via email or online and pay at the door and save $10.00! All we need for online registration is your info, we will collect the money on the day of the tournament. This will speed up pool assignments on the day of the tournament.  There is no penalty if you decide to withdraw so there is no reason not to register now!

To preregister  click here to go to the tournament web site and follow the instructions.

Email and online registration closes at 11:59 PM May 2, 2018

Click here for the mail-in Flyer : 2018 AKIYA TOURNAMENT Flyer

Passing of Bill Clark-sensei

February 13, 2018 by

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.

2018 Konan Rank Evaluation Tournament 01/28/2018

January 1, 2018 by


Sunday, January 28, 2018

LOCATION: Michigan State University, IM West Building, East Lansing MI


Evaluate your skill level against peers at your approximate weight, age and belt level.


  • Registration – 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Referees meeting – 11:00 AM
  • Kata – 11:15 AM
  • Shiai – 12:00 Noon


  • Advanced Registration postmarked by January 21, 2015: $25.00
  • Late registration or registration at the door: $35.00

Click here for full flier and registration packet: 2018-01-28 Rank Evaluation Flyer

Reminder – January 5 is the Deadline for Form 20 and Background Check

December 31, 2017 by

konan-logo3January 5 is the deadline for Konan Spring Promotion Candidates to submit their Form 20 and Background check application.

Click here for details.

Konan 2018 Spring Promotional Clinic, Maumee OH – January 21

November 15, 2017 by

konan-logo3.jpgDATE: Sunday, January 21, 2018


Registration 12:30 PM -1:00 PM
Training and Review – 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Kata Certification Testing – 3:00 – 4:00 PM


Workshop – $20.00
USJF Kata Testing and Certification  – $20.00

LOCATION: Black Swamp Judo Club. 2564 Parkway Plaza, Maumee, OH 43537


  • Mrs. Frances Glaze, Rokudan, Chair of the Board of Examiners, USJF A Kata Instructor and USJI Kata Judge.
  • Mr. Don Flagg, Rokudan,  Vice-Chair of the Board of Examiners, USJF A Kata Instructor and USJI Kata Judge.
  • Mr. Tom Sheehan, Rokudan, Promotion Committee Chair, USJF A Kata Instructor and USJI Kata Judge.
  • )ther members of the Konan Promotion Committee.

Click here for the complete Dan Promotion Instructions.

Candidates will review for their Kata and Go Kyo no Waza. We strongly suggest you prepare for the promotion test at the promotional clinic. Those that want to be certified in a Kata must fill out application form plus a $20.00 testing fee that goes to USJF. You must notify Mrs. Glaze that you are planning to test for Kata certification prior to the beginning of the clinic. Only USJF members may be evaluated for promotion and certification.

Candidates must submit their Form 20 to Mr. Tom Sheehan,  Promotion Committee Chair and to Mrs. Frances Glaze, Chair Konan Board of Examiners, for the promotional exam no later than January 5, 2018.  Click here to create an e-mail to attach your completed form to and to send to Mr. Sheehan and Mrs. Glaze. Candidates must obtain a Form 20 (Click here for Form 20).

A Background Check must be submitted to National Office by January 5, 2018 for those who are going to be a candidate unless you have one deemed current. They are valid for four years.  Click here to obtain  a Background Check Form. The Registration Form and Waiver for the Clinic will be available at the Clinic.

A current (less than two years old) SafeSport Training and CDC Head’s Up Training Certificates must also be provided.

Click here for the Workshop Registration Form and Waiver.

ELIGIBILITY: All participants must present a valid U.S.J.I., U.S.J.F. or U.S.J.A card at the workshop site. If
you cannot produce a card, in order to participate, you will need to purchase a membership on site. Foreign
contestants must have the proper ID from their home country.

GLO Pre-registetration Deadline – Friday, October 27

October 22, 2017 by

Hi All,

Just a reminder – Save money by pre-registering for the Great Lakes Open by this Friday.

Click here for registration packet.

Click here for location.

  • Proceeds to Michigan Judo Development, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the sport of judo
  • Volunteers needed! Referee, set-up, registration, scorekeeping, tear-down – click here to volunteer.

Jim Murray
Godai Judo
Ph: 616-293-1568

Web: Godai Judo, Grand Rapids MI

GLO Reminder – Saturday, November 4, Grand Rapids MI

October 12, 2017 by

Hi All,

Just a reminder – hope to see you all at the Great Lakes Open this year! Saturday, November 4th Grand Rapids Michigan. Click here for registration packet.

Click here for location.

  • Proceeds to Michigan Judo Development, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the sport of judo
  • Volunteers needed! Referee, set-up, registration, scorekeeping, tear-down – click here to volunteer.

Jim Murray
Godai Judo
Ph: 616-293-1568

Web: Godai Judo, Grand Rapids MI

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