Rachel Cook on Sanix

To USJF and Mrs Julie Koyama

Thank you so much for supporting my judo training and travel. I would like to especially thank you for not just one, but two Sanix opportunities.

the US team

I love the Sanix trip. The judo I experienced on the trip was unlike anything I see in America. The judoka were extremely respectful and had clean judo. There was a lot of tecnique put into their judo and they did not use strength, but instead, skill. I love the fluidity of judo there. It is not choppy, as one technique flows into another to create beautiful and effective judo. The other great thing is that having the opportunity to go two times on this trip, I am able to see the improvement I have made. Last year, my judo was pretty rough and choppy. After experiencing such skillful judo on last year’s trip, I came home and worked on my technique.

I trained drills that would help me to get fluid judo to fight like the judoka I worked with in Japan. I also worked with some black belts who I knew were very skilled to help me develop fluid judo. Then, thanks to you and USJF, I was able to go back to Japan and I saw a lot of improvement. I did much better in the practices and tournaments. I could tell my judo was much smoother than last year and was much more like the Japanese style of judo I want to have. It was amazing to be able to see how my hard work had paid off. I would never have had that opportunity if not given the chance to go on the Sanix trip for a second time.

Rachel at Taisei

The Sanix trip was not only a great judo experience, but a cultural one as well. It was amazing to get to go into the city and see what everyday life looks like for people living on the other side of the world. In addition, this year, I went to numerous temples, shrines, and museums. I got to learn about a lot of Japanese culture by going to these places. Furthermore, I was able to stay in Tokyo for an extra day and got to see the Kodokan, the Senso-jil temple where judo was born, and Shihan Jigoro Kano’s grave. That was huge for me, such a spiritual thing to be able to visit the homeland of judo and seeing where judo originated, were it is most predominant now, and where the founder of judo now rests. The trip was absolutely amazing. Thank you so much for supporting my judo journey and not only giving me one Sanix opportunity, but two. Thank you!

Rachel Cook

Kai Wallace on Sanix 2019

Before anything, I would like to thank Saito Sensei for giving me my second opportunity going to take part in Sanix. I also give my thanks to Sensei Richard and the parents: Rueben, Patrick, John, Karen.

US Team at Taisei

US Team at Taisei with Coach Richard Kai third from left

For me to have lived in Japan for over 8 years, I do not have much to say about my experience there, being that I am Japanese.

Kai and Sam

One thing that I could say is that regardless of the time I go there, it is clean, convenient and the food is very good.
First match

As for the judo, it continues to amaze me. The judo there is not only a sport, but a lifestyle as well. Being respectful, having courage, and always striving to become better is part of what real judo is. Also in a literal sense, the judokas in Japan often stay in school dorms away from their parents to judo meaning their lives revolve around judo. It was said that the players do judo 364 days a year with only one break.

Taisei practice
Taisei practice

Tasei practice

One thing that I took from this trip and will reflect on is my lack of responsibility. Getting hurt and not practicing is one thing but getting hurt and forcing my team to fight one man short is another. Not carrying my weight when my team needs me is not acceptable for any situation. As simple as it is, I will work on keeping myself in good shape so I can give my all in tournaments and be there for my team.

Kai at Hospital

Overall, I think the Sanix trip is a good experience for anybody and I will continue to treasure it through the years. Not just the trip, but the people I met on this trip will forever be remembered on my lifelong judo journey.

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

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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The 2019 Daiheigen Yudanshakai Summer Camp and the Marti Malloy Clinic

I am pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2019 Daiheigen Yudanshakai Summer Camp on June 7th-10th and the Marti Malloy Clinic on June 8th. Both of the events will be hosted at Boise State University in Boise, ID. The camp is open to judoka age 12 to 20 with a rank of orange belt and higher. The clinic is open to judoka age 7 and older. Marti Malloy will be the featured clinician at both events. She is a 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist and 2013 World Silver medalist at 57kg.

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Sanix 2018 from Carson Furneaux

During the holidays I visited Japan and got to compete in the Sanix 2018 International Juvenile Judo Team Championships as well as the Taisei Cup. I competed as an individual and on a team with the help of coaches Harun Bogdanic, Sensei Saito, and Sensei Takahashi. While I was there I got to experience many amazing things that were only possible in Japan. For example, the bath house, mochi making and red sash randori.

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Save the Date Camp

I am pleased to announce that June 7th-10th will be the 2019 Daiheigen Yudanshakai Summer Camp in Boise, ID. The event is open to judoka age 12 to 20 with a rank of orange belt and higher. We are very excited that the featured clinician for 2019 will be Marti Malloy. She is a 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist and 2013 World Silver medalist at 57kg.

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Sanix 2018 — From Bryson Baker

First off, I would like to say I’m blessed beyond measure for being giving this incredibly opportunity. My trip to Japan was truly an eye-opening Experience for me filled with Historic culture, top notch Judo randori and competition and the unforgettable people that I met, showed unbelievable hospitality and respect. I’m truly forever grateful for This life changing experience.

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