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USJF Development Newsletter

September 2004


Table of Contents

USJF 2003- 2004 Award Recipients

USJF Jeremy Glick Memorial Spirit of Judo Award

Junior Judoka Development

Top 10 Teams from 2003 Jr. Nationals

Special Awards From the Jr. Nationals 2004

Thank You PJU From Karen Whilden

George C. Balch Scholarship - Letter From Michael
Oshima

Senior Judoka Development

Kata Development

Instructor Development

Referee Development

The USJF Tamo Kitaura Referee Development Committee presents
Grants to Dean Markovics and Mark Yamanaka

USJF

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USJF 2003- 2004 Award Recipients

Referee of the Year, Don Flagg

Don began his Judo study in 1965 at Illinois State University. Sensei
Tak Mizuta of the Chicago Black Belt Association would visit campus periodically
to advise us and provide clinics.

He then moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1969, practiced at Sabaku Dojo
and joined Nanka Yudanshakai. Don practiced there until 1976 then moved
to Michigan and entered graduate school at Michigan State University.
There, he joined the MSU Judo Club under the direction of Mr. Jay Kim.

 

Mr. Kim provided club members the opportunity to study during the summer
of 1978 at the Korean Yudo College, in Seoul. He further encouraged me
to become a referee. He, and many others, including George Balch provided
help and guidance, as has long-time kata partner and IJF B referee, Tom
Sheehan.

Don has been active in the state judo associations; both Judo Affiliates
of Michigan (USJI), a founding member and officer, and, Konan Yudanshakai
(USJF).

Additionally, Don has been the Judo instructor at Lansing Community College
for the past 18 years.

Don's refereeing experiences have included, among others:

1996 US Open (Pre-Olympics) Macon, Ga.

1997 US Open (The" Great Blizzard" Open) Colorado Springs

2003 Benito Juarez Shiai, Mexico City

International Senior Male Athlete of the Year, Jimmy Pedro



Photo credit: Lou DiGesare/Real Judo Magazine

Rank: Godan (5th Degree Black Belt)

Weight Class: 73kg (161lbs)

Club: New York Athletic Club

4x Olympian (1992, 1996, 2000, & 2004)

6x US National Champ ('89,'91,'93,'94,'99&'03)

2x Olympic medallist

GOLD

04 Pan Am Championships - Margarita Island, Venezuela

04 & 03 New York Open - Manhattan, NY

03 Korean Open - Yongin City, Korea

03 Rendez Vous Canada - Montreal, QC

03 & 90 Tre Torri - Porto Sant'Elpidio, Italy

03 British Open - London, England

99 World Championships - Birmingham, England

99 Pan Am Games - Winnipeg, Canada

98 French Open - Paris, France

98 Shoriki Cup - Tokyo, Japan

98 Austrian Open - Leonding, Austria

97 & 95 German Open - Munich, Germany

97 Pan Am Championships - Mexico City, Mexico

95 Pan Am Games - Argentina

95 US Open - Macon, GA, USA

93 Pacific Rim Championships - Auckland, New Zealand

92, 90 & 89 US Open - Colorado Springs, CO, USA

92 Guido Sieni - Sassari, Italy

92 Pan Am Championships - Hamilton, Canada

90 & 89 Quebec Open - Montreal, QC

SILVER

04 & 92 Hungarian Open - Budapest, Hungary

04 German Open - Hamburg, Germany

03 US Open - Las Vegas, NV

03 Benito Juarez International - Mexico City, Mexico

93 Korean Open - Seoul, Korea

93 French Open - Paris, France

93 & 88 US Open - Colorado Springs, CO, USA

90 Goodwill Games - Seattle, WA, USA

BRONZE

99 Kano Cup - Tokyo, Japan

98 & 92 German Open - Munich, Germany

97 Austrian Open - Leonding, Austria

96 Olympic Games - Atlanta, GA, USA

96 & 92 French Open - Paris, France

95 World Championships - Makuhari, Japan

95 Pacific Rim Championships - Australia

94 Goodwill Games - St. Petersburg, Russia

91 World Championships - Barcelona, Spain

91 Pan Am Games - Havana, Cuba

91 US Open - Colorado Springs, CO, USA

90 Tblissi International - Tblissi, Georgia

90 Jr. World Championships

88 Shoriki Cup - Tokyo, Japan

2004 Olympic, Athens Greece, bronze medal

International Senior Female Athlete of the Year, Sayaka Matsumoto

Weight Category: 48kg

Club: NYAC/East Bay Judo Institute

Years in Judo: 16 years

Rank:Sandan (third degree black belt)

GOLD

San Jose Buddhist Tournament, San Jose

Midwestern Tournament, Chicago

Senior National Championships (Outstanding Competitor Award), Las Vegas
Benito Juarez Invitational, Mexico City FEDO Judo Cup, Santo Domingo Rendez
Vous Canada, Montreal USA Judo Fall Classic, Indianapolis

SILVER

Zone Cup, Mexico City

Pan American Championships, Santo Domingo BRONZE US Open Championships,
Las Vegas TEAMS

2003 Pan Am Games Team, Santo Domingo

2003 World Championship Team, Osaka

National Senior Male Athlete of the Year, Aaron Cohen



Photo credit: Lou DiGesare/Real Judo Magazine

Rank: Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt)

Weight Class: 81kg (178lbs)

Club: New York Athletic Club

2003 World Team Member

2000 Jr. World Team Member

GOLD

04 Benito Juarez International - Mexico City, Mexico

04 US Sr. Nationals - San Diego, CA

03 New York Open - Manhattan, NY

03 Midwest Championships - Chicago, IL

02 Dallas Invitational - Dallas, TX

02 USA Judo's Fall Classic - Indianapolis, IN

00 Jr. US Open - Miami, FL

00 Jr. Olympics

98 Jr. Swedish Open - Gothenburg, Sweden

SILVER

03 Pan Am Championships - Salvador, Brazil

03 Benito Juarez International - Mexico City, Mexico

03 US Sr. Nationals - Las Vegas, NV

01 Rendez Vous Canada - Montreal, QC

01 US Sr. Nationals - Orlando, FL

00 US Sr. Nationals - Houston, TX

99 & 98 Jr. Pan Am Championships

BRONZE

03 & 02 Rendez Vous Canada - Montreal, QC

02 & 01 US Open - Las Vegas, NV

02 Benito Juarez International - Mexico City, Mexico

00 Pan Am Championships - Tampa, FL

00 Jr. Hungarian Open - Paks, Hungary

00 US Open - Denver, CO

National Senior Female Athlete of the Year, Elizabeth Burns

International Youth Female Athlete of the Year, Elizabeth Burn



Photo credit: Lou DiGesare/Real Judo Magazine

Rank: Nidan (Second Degree Black Belt)

Weight Class: 52kg (114lbs)

Club: Jason Morris Judo Club

2002 Jr. World Team Member

2004 Olympic Team Alternate

GOLD

04, 03 & 02 Morris Cup (57kg) - Burnt Hills, NY

03 US Sr. Nationals - Las Vegas, NV

03 Liberty Bell Classic - Philadelphia, PA

03 Midwest Championships - Chicago, IL

03 & 02 East Coast Championships - Newark, NY

02 Jr. US Open - Boca Raton, FL

02 Jr. Olympics - Indianapolis, IN

02 USJA Jr. Nationals - Boca Raton, FL

02 USJF Jr. Nationals - Sacramento, CA

02 Midwest Championships - Chicago, IL

SILVER

04 Midwest Championships (57kg) - Chicago, IL

03 USA Judo's Fall Classic - Indianapolis, IN

03 & 02 Benito Juarez International - Mexico City, Mexico

02 Rendez Vous Canada - Montreal, QC

02 Liberty Bell Classic - Philadelphia, PA

02 USA Judo's Fall Classic - Louisville, KY

02 US Sr. Nationals - Cleveland, OH

02 Am Can International - Amherst, NY

02 High School Nationals - San Jose, CA

BRONZE

04 Benito Juarez International (57kg) - Mexico City, Mexico

03 Ontario Open - Toronto, Canada

03 & 01 Rendez Vous Canada - Montreal, QC

03 US Open - Las Vegas, NV

03 Simon Bolivar Cup - Margarita Island, Venezuela

03 Puerto Rico Open - Salinas, Puerto Rico

02 Fedo Cup - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

02 & 01 Quebec Open - Montreal, QC

01 Rendez Vous Canada - Montreal, QC

International Youth Male Athlete of the Year, Taraje Williams-Murray



Photo credit: Lou DiGesare/Real Judo Magazine

Rank: Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt)

Weight Class: 60kg (132lbs)

Club: Jamie Towers Judo Club

2002 Jr. World Team Member

2004 Olympian

 

GOLD

04 US Sr. Nationals - San Diego, CA

04 New York Open - Manhattan, NY

03 Rendez Vous Canada - Montreal, QC

03 Liberty Bell Classic - Phiiladelphia, PA

03 US Sr. Nationals - Las Vegas, NV

BRONZE

04 Benito Juarez International - Mexico City, Mexico

National Youth Male Athlete of the Year, Nicholas Delpopolo



Photo credit: Lou DiGesare/Real Judo Magazine

Born: 9/28/81

Rank: Nikyu (2nd Degree Brown Belt)

Club: Cranford Judo Club

 

GOLD

03 Jr. US Open - Boca Raton, FL

03 USJA Jr. Nationals - Louisville, KY

03 USJF Jr. Nationals - Boca Raton, FL

03 Jr. Olympics - Albuquerque, NM

03 Morris Cup - Burnt Hills, NY

03 CT States - Norwich, CT

03 Midwest Championships - Chicago, IL

03 Mass States - Lawrence, MA

03 USJA Jr. Nationals - Boca Raton, FL

02 USJF Jr. Nationals - Sacramento, CA

02 Morris Cup - Scotia, NY

02 Starrett Cup - Brooklyn, NY

01 USJF Jr. Nationals - Monterey, CA

01 USJA Jr. Nationals - Toledo, OH

01 Jr. Olympics - Louisville, KY

00 Am Can International - Amherst, NY

SILVER

02 Jr. Olympics - Indianapolis, IN

00 Jr. Olympics - Oakland, CA

00 USJA Jr. Nationals - Charlotte, NC

00 USJF Jr. Nationals - Oakland, CA

BRONZE

03 Liberty Bell Classic - Philadelphia, PA

02 Am Can International - Amherst, NY

National Youth Female Athlete of the Year, Rhonda Rousey



Photo credit: Lou DiGesare/Real Judo Magazine

Rank: Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt)

Weight Class: 63kg (139lbs)

Club: Pedro's Judo/Venice Judo

2004 Olympian

GOLD

04 US Sr. Nationals - San Diego, CA

04 Pan Am Championships - Margarita Island, Venezuela

04 Jr. Pan Am Championships - Carolina, Puerto Rico

04 High School Nationals - Boca Raton, FL

03 USA Judo's Fall Classic - Indianapolis, IN

03 Rendez Vous Canada - Montreal, QC

02 Jr. US Open - Boca Raton, CA

02 USJF Jr. Nationals - Sacramento, CA

SILVER

03 US Open - Las Vegas, NV

International Senior Male Athlete Coach of the Year, Jim Pedro

Rokkyudan (6th degree black)

Head Instructor Massasoit Judo Club (1972-1995)

Instructor Pedro's Judo (1996-current)

Black Belt Hall of Fame (1978 or 1979)

1993 US World Team Coach

1993 Pac Rim Coach

Current students include Jimmy Pedro, Alex Ottiano, Adler
Volmar, Mike Pedro



Past students include Manny Costa, Amy Kublin, Lynne Lewis, Mitch Lewis,
Pam Adams, Barbara

Fest

International Senior Female Athlete Coach of the Year, Dr. David Matsumoto



Photo credit: Lou DiGesare/Real Judo Magazine

David Matsumoto is the head instructor of the East Bay Judo
Institute in El Cerrito, CA. Currently, EBJI has over 100 members and is
open 6 days a week. In 2003, students from East Bay won 32 medals in Senior
and Junior National and International Competitons. This includes 18 National
or Inaternational Championships at the Junior, High School and Senior levels.
His daugher, Sayaka Matsumoto was a member of the USA Judo World and Pan
American Games Team and recently won her 5th consecutive Senior National
Championship.
In addition to being the USJF Coach of the Year, Matsumoto
was also recognized as the 2003 United States Olympic Committee's Coach
of the Year. Professionally, Matsumoto is a professor of Psychology at San
Francisco State University. In addition to being head instructor at EBJI,
Matsumoto is the Director of Development for the USJF and is only 1 of 2
people recognized as an Official Researcher for the International Judo Federation.
He is an International A-level referee. Other accomplishments in 2003 include
Co-author of a book describing 50 years of organized Judo in the US, International
advisor to the Tokyo School of Judo Therapy, co-author of the 3rd International
Judo Federation World Judo Conference and Judo Symposium (Osaka, Japan),
and director of the 2nd US Judo Federation Conference (San Francisco).

International Youth Male Athlete Coach of the Year, Ralph Reyes

The Jamie Towers Judo Club was founded over thirty years ago. Ralph Reyes
is the Club founder and today is still the force behind the young people
that he motivates and trains in the sport of Judo.

Since its inception Jamie Towers Judo has produced quite a few Junior
and Senior National Champions in the sport of Judo. The concept of the
Club, when it was first founded, was to offer the sport of Judo to those
kids from The Bronx who had too much time on their hand and were not involved
in any kind of recreation.

It has been a long haul, but today we can proudly say that in addition
to Champions we were able to produce Lawyers, CPA's, Social Worker, Policemen,
and even a financial advisor. We are also proud that many of the students
went on to higher education, one of the main goals for this Club in the
Bronx. Ralph Reyes has had the pleasure of attending the weddings of many
of his students, and also the Baptisms of their children as they arrive
in the world. All this from a non-profit organization.

We believe that we produce Champions because of the motivation the kids
put into the sport. Without this motivation and parental support, the
Club would be a revolving door.

Edward Liddie Jr., a youth was a member of the Jamie Towers Judo Club.
Today we have Taraje Williams-Murray as a young man who has reached ahigh
pinnacle in the sport. The credit belongs to the athlete who really works
hard, and strives to reach his goal.

International Youth Female Athlete Coach of the Year, Jason Morris and Teri
Takemori

Jason Morris and Teri Takemori are coaches at the Jason Morris Judo Club
Club Athletes Accomplishments

1 Olympian

4 2004 Olympic Trials participants

3 Jr. World Team members

6 French Open Team members

5 Austrian Open Team members

4 Bulgarian Open Team members

3 Moscow Open Team members

3 Athens Open Team members

1 Belgian Open Team member

1 Dutch Open Team member

2 Estonian Open Team members

3 Italian Open Team members

1 Korean Open Team Member

2 Fukuoka Women's International Team members

1 Sr. Pan Am Team member

5 Jr. Pan Am Team members

2 Jr. Pan Am Championship medalists (2 Gold)

7 US Open medalists (1 Gold)

10 Rendez Vous Canada medalists

1 Pacific Rim Championship team member

1 British Open medalist

10 Mexican Open (Benito Juarez) medalists (2 Gold)

3 Dominican Republic Open medalists

3 Puerto Rico Cup medalists

2 Venezuela Open (Simon Bolivar Cup) medalists

1 New York Open medalist

2 Jr. Swedish Open medalists

19 US Sr. National medalists (6 Gold)

8 USA Judo Fall Classic medalists (3 Gold)

17 Midwest Championship medalists (11 Gold)

14 Jr. Olympic medalists (8 Gold)

10 USJF Jr. National medalists (4 Gold)

6 USJA Jr. National medalists (3 Gold)

15 Jr. US Open medalists (7 Gold)

9 High School National medalists (5 Gold)

3 Collegiate National medalists (2 Gold)

17 Quebec Open medalists (3 Gold)

13 Ontario Open medalists (4 Gold)

Kata Competitor of the Year, Mark Pasquinelly and Al Panackia

Mark Judo Rank:Yon Dan

Al Panackia: Yon Dan

Mark's Judo Club Name and Location: University of Toledo and Maumee Judo
Club

Al's Judo Club Name and Location: University of Toledo and Farmington
Judo Club

Coach: Anthony Owed (deceased), Frances Glaze,

Marks' Years in Judo: 26

Al's Years in Judo: 37

MARK AND AL'S KATA COMPETITIONS

Bushido Kia Classic (Rochester N.Y.) 2003

2nd Ju No kata

1st Goshin Jitsu

1st Katame No Kata

Team overall Champions

Arnold Martial Arts World Games Columbus, Ohio 2/28/03

1st Goshin Jitsu

1st Koshiki No Kata 1st Katame No Kata

2nd Itsutsu No Kata

2nd Ju No kata

Michigan State Judo Championships 3/2003

1st Goshin Jitsu

1st Katame No Kata

1st Koshiki No Kata

1st Ju No Kata



Senior Nationals in Las Vegas 4/2003

1st Goshin Jitsu

1st Ju No Kata



Ohio Open Kata Championship 2003

1st Goshin Jitsu

1st Ju No Kata

1st Koshiki No Kata

Tokyo World Masters Judo Championship Kata 2003

2nd Ju No kata

3rdt Goshin Jitsu 3rd Koshiki No Kata

Fukudo Invitational 2003

1st Ju No Kata

1st Goshin Jitsu

1st Koshiki No Kata

1st Katame No Kata

1st Itsutsu No Kata

Team Overall

Pan American Games (Venezuela) 2004

Silver Ju No Kata



Senior Nationals San Diego 2004

1st Goshin Jitsu

1st JuNo Kata

3rd Katame No Kata

Team Overall

Mark and I would like to dedicate this award to our Sensei (coach, teacher,
mentor and friend) Tony Owed. He left us much too soon (Jan 2004). He taught,
tested, and pushed us. He helped us learn abut Judo, ourselves and what we are
capable of doing (if we practice and train). Sincerely Al Panackia

Al Panackia and myself would like to say thank you to the USJF organization.
It is a great honor being chosen again as Kata Players of the Year. We would
like to thank the Kata Development Committee for choosing us and the Deveopment
Committee for approving this Award. We thank you for your continuing support
of us and all judoka through the development programs. We appreciate your efforts
to bring Kata in the forefront of Judo, not only for competetive reasons, but
for the growth and continued study of the principles of judo. Sincerely Mark
Pasquinelly

USJF Jeremy Glick Memorial Spirit of Judo Award

The USJF Jeremy Glick Memorial Spirit of Judo Award Committee is very proud
to award Mr. Robert C. Brink as the third recipient of this award. The first
recipient of this award was Mr. Nagayasu Ogasawara and the second was Ms Keiko
Fukuda.

The award is named in honor of Jeremy Glick who tragically gave his life in
the plane crash on 9/11. Many people were in awe of Jeremy Glick's calm composure
and chivalrous demeanor before his final moments of life. Especially impressive
was his last conversation with his wife and how considerate of her he was.

This award is based on the spirit of Judo, courage, compassion and character.
We are honored to have you as recipient of this award for your many years of
leadership, development of people, development of Judo, and your courageous
dedication in insuring the continued success of the USJF. You truly epitomize
the spirit of this award.

Junior Judoka Development

Top 10 Teams from 2003 Jr. Nationals

This is top ten USJF club points for 2003 Jr Nationals in Florida last year:

1st Place, 50 points Hawaii Tenri Judo Dojo Hawaii

2nd Place, 40 Budokan Judo Club Florida

3rd Place, 36 Northglenn Judo Club Intermountain

4th Place, 30 Shobukan Judo Club 50th State

5th Place, 26 East Bay Judo Institute Daiheigen

6th Place, 19 Sanshi Judo Club Pacific Southwest

7th Place, 17 Waka Mu Sha Judo Club Shufu

8th Place, 16 High Desert Judo Club Nanka

8th Place, 16 Jason Morris Judo Club Shufu

10th Place, 15 Sawtelle Judo Dojo Nanka

10th Place, 15 Starrett Judo Club Hudson

Special Awards From the Jr. Nationals 2004

Award Judoka Judo Club Division
Day 1
Outstanding Female Competitor A. Pfeiffer Kiit su sai, FL F IA 30
Outstanding Male Competitor O. Giovonte Gardena Judo Club, CA M IA 34
Female Fighting Spirit K. Louie Okubo Judo Club, CA F IA 26
Male Fighting Spirit M. Royce Kamehameha Judo, HA M IA 30
Female Sportsmanship D.

Kamakana
Kamehameha Judo, HA F JB 52
Male Sportsmanship J. Prado Kiit su sai, FL M IB 31
Female Best Technique C. Hobson Antelope Valley, CA F JB 058
Male Best Technique M. Fujiuchi Hodokan Judo Club, HI M JB 060
Day 2
Outstanding Female Competitor R. Mishima Shobukan, HI F JA 44
Outstanding Male Competitor G. Moore High Desert, CA M JC 60
Female Fighting Spirit M. Monique Salt Lake Judo, HI F JC 57
Male Fighting Spirit G. St. Leger Starrett Judo, NY M JC 73
Female Sportsmanship G. Egli Tokai U. Hi F JC 63
Male Sportsmanship M. Eldred WIJI, ID M JC 73
Female Best Technique A. Tsuboto Hodokan Judo Club, HI F JC 57
Male Best Technique J. O'Neil Cohens , WI M JC 66

Thank You PJU From Karen Whilden

I would like to thank the USJF for their support of my competition at the Pan
American Judo Championship in the Venezuela. It was a wonderful opportunity
for my partners, Peggy Whilden and Diane Jackson, and me to compete in the PJU's.
These kinds of trips are expensive. The USJF help in getting us there is much
appreciated.



Thanks again and I hope to be able to represent the USA again next year.

George C. Balch Scholarship - Letter From Michael
Oshima

Michael Oshima

This letter is intended to update you on my educational plans and progress
since I received the Balch scholarship last year.

I have spent a wonderful year learning Japanese and training. I am currently
enrolled in an intensive Japanese class at Tokai University in Hiratsuka, Japan.
The Tokai judo hall is less than 100 meters from my dorm, and I practice there
5 nights per week for 2 hours per night.

The level of competition is amazing, with not only the Tokai team but visiting
Olympians from all over the world. American judoka make frequent visits as well.
I have had the honor and privilege of being thrown all over the mat by some
of the best in the world. I also work out on some Saturdays in Yokohama, about
an hour's train ride from here.

I plan on returning from Japan in time to start my freshman year at Harvard
in September. I will miss many competitions in the U.S., but may be able to
compete in the tournaments in late July and August.

Senior Judoka Development

Kata Development

Fukuda Scholarship Award

Grace Jividen (middle) receiving the Fukuda Scholarship award from Fukuda Sensei
(left) and Shepherd Sensei (right). USJF member and international competitor,
Grace Jividen, has been selected as the 2004 Fukuda Scholarship Award recipient.
Grace has an out standing record of Achievement in Judo include 43 medals in
international competition and 15 medals at the Senior Nationals. Grace lives
in Colorado and trains at the United States Olympic Training Center. Ms. Jividen
expressed her appreciation for this award which will be used to help support
her training schedule. We all wish her good luck !!

To USJF and Fukuda Committee

From Grace Jividen

I am honored to received Prof. Keiko Fukuda Scholarship. I am deeply appreciative
of your kind support, this went far beyond what I'd hoped for; especially for
the 2004 Olympic Trials. This award definitely entitled for the hard work over
21 years of National and International competition from 1978-2004

Instructor Development

Referee Development

The USJF Tamo Kitaura Referee Development Committee
presents Grants to Dean Markovics and Mark Yamanaka

Dean Markovics

Mark Yamanaka

Tamo Kitaura Sensei has devoted over 50 years to the sport of Judo as a competitor,
instructor, coach, manager and referee. Throughout his distinguished career,
Kitaura Sensei has been instrumental in developing and mentoring students and
has been an active contributor to numerous organizations which support such
activities, including the Central Coast Judo Association and the United States
Judo Federation. In honor of Kitaura Sensei's lifelong dedication to and distinguished
service in support of Judo throughout the United States, the Central Coast Judo
Association and the United States Judo Federation has established the USJF Tamo
Kitaura Referee Grant.

The Grant has been established to provide financial assistance in support of
the development and growth of USJF referees. The Grant is specifically aimed
at USJF referees who have exhibited a degree of technical proficiency, and have
been identified as candidates for further testing and certification through
the PJU-C. The proceeds from the Grant go towards defraying the costs of travel
and other expenses associated with a referee's attendance at the PJU-C testing
site. This Grant has also been established as a tool to encourage, support and
increase new referee participation.

Congratulations on the excellent job at the PJU-C test sight. We understand
you had a very high score among the candidates testing. We wish you continued
success in your refereeing career.

Dean Markovics Bio

Started Judo in 1987 at Slippery Rock University, coached by Tom Lambert.

Chair of USJF Coaching Committee Marketing Director for USJF Judo Magazine

Coordinates curriculum, instruction, and operations of South Hills Judo Club
in Pittsburgh, PA.

MS Degree in Exercise Physiology; BS degrees in Health, Physical Education,
and Athletic Training; Post Baccalaureate Coursework in Statistics and Chemistry.

Currently employed as a statistical analyst.

Married to 1996 Olympian and 2004 Olympic Coach Dr. Marisa Pedulla. Father
of two children; Leanna age 4 and Kyle age 2 (you may have seen them at tournaments).
When selected to test for PJU C I was nervous but elated to have the opportunity.
I was happy and relieved when I passed the referee certification test at the
Rendez-Vous tournament in Montreal, Canada, October 2003. I would like to thank
all the referees who have

influenced the course I have taken.

Mark Yamanaka Bio

Mark Yamanaka began Judo at 4 yo, taught by his father.

At 8 years old he was enrolled at the Venice Judo Boys club in Los Angeles.

He then joined the San-Shi Judo club 9 yrs ago and currently instruct at the
San-Shi club.

I have had the opportunity to work with Sensei's Ernie Matsubara, Dr. Jake
Flores, and Francisco Ramirez among others.

I was surprised, and pleased to be chosen to test in Montreal at the Rendevouz
Canada in October of 2003. It was a very pleasant experience (my first in Montreal).
My examiner was Sensei Joon Chi who was very instructive, supportive, and encouraging.
He is a wonderful mentor. The other Referees from the United States (Ms. Shimizu,
Ms Johnson, and Mr. Markovics) were wonderful, joyful individuals who made this
experience very special.

USJF

USJF VISION

Judo in every American community and school

USJF MISSION/PURPOSE

To serve and support its members in the American judo community while upholding
the principles of mutual welfare and benefit

USJF STRATEGY

Create and maintain a customer service orientation Cultivate leadership at
all levels of the organization Create a positive image of judo

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

" Open communications " Clarifying before speaking (making sure you
understand what the person is saying and where they are coming from)

" Deal with facts (data) (Fact-based decision making) " Cooperation
- all working toward the same outcome

" Decision making in the best interest of grass roots judo in the US through
yudanshakais and USJF Committees - Mutual welfare and benefit

" Balanced Budget " Collaboration of activities- helping each other
out

" Inclusiveness rather than exclusiveness " Integrity - doing what
you say you are going to do

USJF GOALS AND SUCCESS MEASURES

Overall Goals Measures of Success Continue USJF membership growth 5% increase
per year

Continue with judoka, sensei, and leadership skill proficiency

10% average increase in training Increase overall yudanshakai participation
and involvement

100% participation and involvement in USJF activities from all yudanshakai

Develop a USJF brand image 5% of the population in a targeted community differentiates
judo from martial arts

Newsletter Staff

We welcome your comments about the USJF Newsletter, suggestions for future
editions, or inquiries about USJF. Please write to any of the below newsletter
staff.

Editor: Ernie Wakamatsu, etwaka@yahoo.com

USJF, PR Committee Chairperson, Vaughn Imada, vpimada@aol.com

USJF, Development Committee Co-Chairperson, Dr. David Matsumoto, dm@sfsu.edu


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