A letter of appreciation from Joon Chi to Mark Muranaka

Hello, Mr. President,

I hope all is well for you and your family and all USJF Members.

As always everyone appreciated your extra support and efforts to judo and our USJF High School Special Training camp in Korea Youth Program.

The host high school principal has sent you an Appreciation Plaque and should be with you shortly. Along with me they want to recognize your contribution and goodwill gesture.

This group picture shows our 2019 team members with some of the host students.

Again, our heartfelt thanks.

Respectfully yours,
Joon Chi

USJF Athlete Scholar of the Year invitation to apply

Please save the date September 11th to review your application for USJF Athlete Scholar of the Year!

The application for this college scholarship will be available on that date.

We will never forget 9/11

On the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedy, remember and reflect with these powerful words.

“Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.”

President Obama in a 2011 radio address

Gold Patch Award

At the Senior Nationals, these referees received a prestigious award, recognizing their accomplishments in refereeing some of which are dedicated USJF members.

From left to right: Boris Munoz, Marcos Batan, Jacob “Jake” Freedman, Anthony Roscoe, Nicole Ward, Scott Morifuji, Joaquin Gonzalez, Stephen Friedman and Gerardo Tello

Advanced Judo Clinic with Sensei Neil Adams

Neil Adams

CLINIC TIME/DATE: 3:00-6:00, Saturday August 17, 2019

SITE: Boys & Girls Club Judo, 1704 Waiola Street, Honolulu, HI 96826

ELIGIBILITY: Current USJF/USJI/USJA/ATJA/AJJF Membership. Participant must present
membership card at the clinic. Target audience are judoka with interest and
experience in advanced competition and coaching, approximately ages 13 and

COST: $20

LIABILITY WAIVERS: Please bring with you

REGISTRATION FORM: E-mail to ghchow@yahoo.com by August 15, 2019

CONTACT: Gregory Chow, 372-6447


Full pdf including registration forms here

Interview with Judo Champion Peter Paltchik in Wharton Journal

Ranking judo champion Peter Paltchik is so dedicated to the competitive sport of Judo that he put off his honeymoon in 2016 to train. … In 2018, Paltchik took the bronze medal in the European Judo Championship in Tel Aviv and captured the gold at the International Judo Federation Grand Slam in Abu Dhabi. Now, the 27-year-old has his sights set on a lifelong dream of qualifying for the Olympics. He believes that “excellence is everything” which impacts his judo as well as business.

The whole interview with Pert Paltchik is here in the Wharton Journal

2019 Korea Trip

From July 2-12, 2019, a group of 7 students, one coach and one leader participated in the training camp in Uijeongbu City, South Korea, at Kyungmin High School.

Leader: Joon Chi, Konan, Minnesota

Coach: Alex Murray, Konan, Michigan


  • Brian No, Nanka, California
  • Joshua Yang, Nanka, California
  • Iain Berliner, Shufu, Georgia
  • Matthew Bata, Illinois
  • Brennen Hong, Konan, Texas
  • Andy Paguay, Minnesota
  • Taeyeon Paik, Nanka, California

We as a team are very appreciative of the continued support of the President and Executive Committee of USJF as well as Konan President and Executive Committee, and the families of the participants. We sincerely thank you all so much.

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Family Membership

Family Memberships are now available

About a Family Membership

Family members are dependents living in the same household with the their parent(s) or legal guardian(s), or not co-located but are legally claimed as dependents for tax purposes.

Please complete and sign the normal annual membership form* for EACH family member.

The procedure is very simple. Submit to the USJF National Office:

  1. ALL completed and signed annual membership forms
  2. Family Membership Application form*
  3. Family Annual Membership Fees

The discounted family rates apply to all family members. No other discsounts apply in the case of family membership, for instance life memberships.

Family Memberships are for one (1) year and everyone in the family will have the same expiration date.

You may add additional family members using the Family Membership rate if you submit properly completed and signed annual membership form for each new family member(s) and pay the additional Family Membership difference. It is important to note that the expiration date for memberships for the new family addition(s) will be the same as the rest of the family’s initial enrollment expiration.

Family Membership Rate Table
Number of Family Members Normal Annual Membership Fees Family Annual Membership Fees Family Membership Savings
3 $210 $170 $40
4 $280 $170 $110
5 $350 $200 $150
6 $420 $230 $190
7+ $230 + additional $35 per person

* Using Acrobat PDF viewer will allow you to fill the forms on screen.

Celebration of Life/Fundraiser for Jerry Wee

On Thursday, July 11, 2019, Gerald Wee, devoted husband, father, grandfather, son and brother passed away surrounded by his family.

Jerry Wee

Jerry was born in Detroit, Michigan on January 3, 1951. He graduated from Cass Tech High School and went on the Wayne State University.

Jerry started judo at the age of 14 in 1964. He was a member of the Detroit Judo Club and trained under the late John Osako. Jerry quickly became dedicated to the sport. First as a competitor, then a referee, instructor and coach. He was promoted to 7th dan in 2018. Jerry truly loved the sport of judo and this showed. It was not uncommon for him to let players sleep at his home, for him to drive them to events and sometimes even pay for their meals. He was the head instructor of Wee Dojo and developed countless students. He was a lifetime servant to the sport of judo. He was the last one off the mat and the first one to grab a mop. Sometimes he would mop his students in to a section of the mat. They would ask that he stop, but he was determined to mop the mats. We will forever smile when we remember this. He dedicated 54 years to the sport of judo and is considered to be a true “ichiban.”

On April 5, 1975 Jerry married the love of his life, Reta Comer Wee. They met in the sport of judo when Reta was 15 and Jerry was 18. It was a true love story. They spent 44 wonderful years together.

In 2017 Jerry suffered an aortic aneurysm. At the same time, he had to have a double bypass. During the recovery from these events it was discovered that Jerry had a rare form of aggressive stomach cancer and his stomach had to be removed. Following the stomach removal Jerry went through 8 rounds of chemo. He was on tube feeding for over a year. Jerry fought and beat the odds so many times that it was shocking when Jerry died from complications of emergency surgery.

Jerry was forced to take time away from the sport he loved, judo, but every opportunity that he had you could find him on the mats or at a tournament. He loved sharing the sport of judo, sharing his grandchildren and visiting the local restaurants. With every tournament there was a predetermined restaurant he would visit with his family and friends. This became a joke amongst judo friends.

Jerry was the type of man who would visit you at work or at home and bring you special treats and gifts. Jerry was a great man, a caring family man who was committed to his family and the ones he loved. He was a humble man with an infectious smile. He was known for being a great story teller, a joker and a family man. When someone needed something, he was the first one there. If you called in the middle of the night and needed help, he would be there. Any time there was a judo tournament he would take people in, take them to the tournament (in the US or otherwise) and feed them. He’s housed people from multiple countries and never hesitated to help.

He fought many health battles over the past few years that left him unable to work and drained all savings and retirement which went to pay for countless medical bills. This was an unforeseen catastrophic cascading event that could not have been planned for. Jerry spent 45 years in the insurance business, this could not have prepared him for the events that emerged. Most people would not have survived what Jerry went through, but he did this with his warrior spirit and smile. This Celebration of Life/Fundraiser is being put together in an effort to help his widow pay for the massive amount of medical bills that have been accruing as a result of the continual medical treatment he received. Jerry was a practical person that would give you his $5 and leave $0.25 to himself. He thought of others and always wanted to help. He paid it forward and we hope that he will receive the same in return. Wee Judo shirts are still available. Please email eberger615@yahoo.com if you would like a shirt.

For those of you who have supported us through these difficult times, we THANK YOU. It warms our hearts to hear the wonderful stories and pictures you have to share. We want to remember his legacy, all of the good times that we had, and they will be cherished forever.

Date: 8/10/19
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sons of AmVets Post 93
75185 North Ave.
Armada, MI 48005

2019 IJF Junior European Tour Schedule

Deadline extended to 26 July, Friday this week. Time is short to get on this European Tour.

The 2019 IJF Junior European Tour will include the following tournaments and camp:

  • August 3-4 – Junior European Cup – Poznan, Poland
  • August 5-7 – EJU Junior Training Camp – Poznan, Poland
  • August 10-11 – Junior European Cup – Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Please contact Lauren Roersma for further information immediately, as time is very short.

We will be providing the flight itineraries that Aaron Cohen and Danny Rodriguez, the official USA Judo coaches for the trip, are taking so that your athletes and coaches can get on the same/similar flights.

Please let us know who you plan to send with your group as well.

Please note the deadlines below – feel free to share this information with your athletes and coaches:

Please note these deadlines have been specially extended.

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