George C. Balch Committee Report

George C. Balch Committee Report
To the USJF Board of Directors and Membership
November 9, 2019

Thank you to Messrs. Robert Balch, Robert Brink, James Cornforth and Noboru Saito for guiding the efforts of the George C. Balch Scholarship Committee. As friends and family of George Balch, these members have been instrumental in keeping his spirit alive through the work of the Committee.

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Life Membership Year End Report 2018 – 2019

We received 56 new Regular Life Members. So we had a 45% decrease in regular memberships. As for the President Life Memberships, we received 7 upgrades also had a 305% increase in the President Club Life Member.

As a result, the income to the USJF Endowment Fund after the expense of paying for plaques, engraving, cards, lapel pins, patches and postage was $22,873.76.

2018-2019 Life Membership awards go to


  1. Shufu
  2. 50 State
  3. Hawaii


  1. Hui-O-Judo Beltsville – Shufu
  2. Sanshi Judo Club – Pacific Southwest
    Clovis Judo Clu – Chuka
  3. Manoa Judo Club – 50th State
    Tohkan Judo Acadmey – Chicago
    Tohoku Judo Club – Rokushu
    Saito Dojo – Konan
    Hongwanji Pearl City – 50th State
    Orlando Judo inc. – Florida
    Hawaii Boys& Girl Club – Hawaii

Respectfully submitted
Tom Sheehan

Jack Hatton

image of Jack HAtton from the USAJudo siteimage of Jack HAtton from the USAJudo site

An item from the USA JUDO COACH of September 28, 2019

We’ve lost someone. I started to say we’ve lost an athlete, because he was, and a very good one at that. But the reality is, we’ve lost a human. A young man in his prime who could have done anything.

At one point or another, Jack Hatton was a student of more great coaches than many athletes. From New York, Texas, Phoenix, Colorado and Massachusetts and beyond, Jack sought out some of America’s best coaches and teams to train with. He dedicated his life to preparing for greatness.

On behalf of all USA Judo Coaches, we extend our deepest condolences to Jack’s family, his friends and all of his coaches, both previous and current.

As Coaches, it is important to tell our athletes that while it is noble to strive for greatness in one thing, it is imperative that they understand that opportunity and options are nearly limitless. And above all things, they are loved.

On Sunday, September 29th, 2019, a wake for Jack Hatton was held at the Keefe Funeral Home – Arlington, MA. A reception followed to share memories at Common Grounds in Arlington.

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 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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