The USJF has made a major commitment to supporting developing athletes and
coaches in the upcoming year. In the national meeting in Irvine in July, it
was the consensus of the Development Committee and the Board of Directors that
a major need for effective promotion of judo was increasing the depth of our
talent pools. That is, the number of players competitive at the national level,
and the number of coaches with experience working at that level must both be
increased. To support this initiative, the USJF approved several projects. The
first of these will occur August 1-5. With the fiscal year nearing the end,
both the Senior Development Subcommittee and Coaching Subcommittee, through
sound financial management, were able to fund one more project in the current
Six athletes and one coach will spend a week training at the National Training
Center in Montreal, Quebec. All athletes selected qualified via a top three
finish in national competition or top five in international competition, coach
recommendation, and yudanshakai (regional black belt association) recommendation.
Andy Ruggerio of Tom’s River, New Jersey, will coach the team during the
camp. Coach Ruggerio is a former national medalist, coach of the Brick PAL Judo
Club, and in his brief coaching career has already produced junior national
Athletes will have a rigorous schedule of twice-daily practices with the U.S.
players and the Canadian national training center team. Representing the United
States Judo Federation at this event are:
- Gerard Cadet, Starrett Judo Club, New York City, silver medalist in U.S.
- Kenneth Hashimoto, Northglenn Judo Club, Denver, Colorado, bronze medalist
in U.S. Senior Nationals, USJF junior national champion and 2004 junior world
- Mike Pedro, Pedro’s Judo, Lawrence, MA, fifth place in the U.S. Open
and 2002 junior world team member
- Rick Hawn, Pedro’s Judo, Lawrence, MA (originally from Northwest
Yudanshakai, Oregon) silver medalist in the 2005 senior nationals and 2004
- Harry St. Leger, Starrett Judo, New York City, bronze medalist in the U.S.
senior national championships and 2004 junior world team member and
- Gary St. Leger, Starrett Judo, New York City, bronze medalist in the U.S.
senior national championships.
NOTE: THERE WILL BE ADDITIONAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO USJF ATHLETES
AND COACHES IN THE 2005-2006 FISCAL YEAR. ALL ATHLETES AND COACHES ARE REMINDED
TO KEEP THEIR USJF MEMBERSHIP CURRENT!!