Announcing Mental Health Series with “Understanding Depression and What You Can Do”

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Mental Health Series – “Understanding Depression and What You Can Do”

On April 17, 2021 at 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm (Eastern) The USJF will begin our Mental Health Series, “Understanding Depression and What You Can Do.” Our presenter, Cory Cuomo is a graduate of the Rutgers University, Graduate School of Social Work. He is licensed by the State of New Jersey as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been working in the field of mental health since 1995.

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2020 Michigan Open Judo Tournament Cancelled

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2020 Michigan Open Judo Tournament Cancelled

from the Konan Judo Webmaster

I regret to inform you that Michigan Judo is cancelling the 2020 Michigan Judo Championships. The tournament had been scheduled for March 22. 2020 in East Lansing, Michigan. Our host Michigan State University has announced cancellation of face to face classes in reaction to the Covid-19 outbreak.

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Registration for the 45th AM-CAN International Judo Challenge has opened!

2020 AM-CAN Registration Open!

Make Your Hotel Reservations Now To Get Special Rate!

IJF Kata Competition Saturday Evening

All Shiai On Sunday!

$1500 In Prizes.  $500 each for Junior, Senior and Overall Cup Winners!


  • There will be NO private weigh-ins – Dress appropriately – 1kg (2.2 lb.) weight allowance
  • Junior divisions will be split between Novice (White, Yellow and Orange) and Elite (Green and above)

Reminder: The AM-CAN will not be providing belts mat-side.  Please bring what you need!

Visit our website at for more information and to register.

A Message from Marti Malloy

I hope you are doing fantastic and I want to start by saying that I have had the most incredible experience visiting, meeting, and working with so many of you and your students over the last year. I love sharing my love for JUDO! I look forward to continuing to spread my skills and knowledge as a career judo competitor with you and your students in the future.

That being said, 2020 is a huge year for Judo with the Olympics returning to our sport’s birthplace. With 2028 just 8 years away, it is a great opportunity to spread the good word about Judo and remind your students that with the right mindset and work ethic, anything is possible!

Many of you have contacted me about coming to, or returning to, your club for a clinic.

Please see the dates below for my current availability in 2020:

  • April 11
  • May 9 or 30
  • June 13
  • July 11 or 18
  • August, September – Many dates open.

Very soon I will be making these dates available to the public and sharing on social media.

Please contact me through my website if you have any questions.

Here is to wishing you and yours a fantastic 2020.

Yours in Judo,
Marti Malloy

Tyler Speir on Sanix

Dear USJF and Mrs. Julie Koyama,

Thank you for sponsoring my judo trip to Japan. The trip was very fun, and I enjoyed it a lot. The judo in Japan is almost all technique and very little strength. They did foot sweeps very fluidly and their uchi mata was very smooth. They gave me techniques to come home and work on, including a variation of yoko sankaku and an uchi mata drill. After experiencing the judo in Japan and taking home these techniques, I expect my judo to become much better.

One thing that was good for me was practicing with people from different countries. Russia and China had big and strong competitors while Japan and many other countries from Asia had very good technique. The types of judo I experienced while practicing with people from different countries really helped me understand my judo better.

Our team from America bonded immediately and we had lots of fun together. We enjoyed practicing together and at the tournament we were each other’s biggest supporters. Global Arena was very beautiful and the people there were very nice and helpful. We ate every meal together as a team and I enjoyed my experience with my team at Global Arena and Taisei very much.

My trip to Japan wasn’t only to Taisei and Global Arena. Before I went to Global Arena, we visited families in Tamana, which is where my sensei was from, and who had sent judoka to Fresno in the Summer of 2018. In Fresno, my family hosted two of the boys, and it was fun to get to see them in their homes. Me and my friend Brandon, who is also from Fresno, were there for four days. While we were there, we practiced with the Tamana teams and experienced what it is like to live in a Japanese home. We went to two castles and ate lots of fabulous food.

Thank you very much to USJF and everyone else who helped sponsor my trip to Japan. I really learned a lot from my trip and am very grateful for it.

Tyler Speir

John Baylock on Sanix

The Sanix/Taisei competition and training was an experience that I will truly never forget. I met so many great people, learned so many great things, and most importantly I gained new life skills for my future. This experience gave me insight into what I can become as a young man in life and what I can strive to be as I get older. The spirit and passion for Judo stood out to me the most as I trained and competed. Everyone worked hard without complaints, treated each of their teammates like family, and most of all they showed that they loved what they were doing every second of the week.

As for the U.S. team, I am very proud of how we performed. Although some of my teammates may have been disappointed in their overall performance, I think that we made an impact by showing the heart and determination in our training and the competition.

A special thank you goes out to my teammates who were so kind and motivating. Without them, this trip would not have been as fun and eye-opening for me.

Of course, we could not do this without the help and support of Saito Sensei, and our coach Imamura Sensei. Without their guidance, the bond and relationships that were formed between all of us would not be possible.

I would also like to thank everyone from Sanix and Taisei who helped show me the true potential for my Judo in the future.

Finally, I would like to thank my parents and Yonezuka Sensei for making this trip possible for me, and for making my Judo what it is today. Without everyone that I have previously mentioned the outcome for me at the training and competitions would not be possible. Jita Kyoei