Congratulations to Ben, Oscar, and Jason who bravely competed at the 2014 Maryland Open Championships held January 18th at the Richie Coliseum in College Park, Maryland. Great fighting, guys!
On November 2nd a gaggle of Baltimore Judo students stepped up to demonstrate their judo knowledge to the Shufu Yudanshakai Board of Examiners. Many also competed in the small shiai, a new experience for Michael and young Elijah. Everyone was at the edge of their seat for the last match of the day, a close match between Baltimore Judo’s own Jason and Christian which ended with claps on the back and smiles all around.
Congrats to all our newly promoted judokas:
- Gokyu (yellow): Elijah, Oscar
- Yonkyu (orange): Ben, Nick
- Gokyu (green): Shadeed, Michael
- Yonkyu (blue): Jason, Christian
- Sankyu (brown): John
The dedication and sportsmanship each of you displayed was truly inspirational. Keep up the good work!
The Baltimore Judo Club was well represented at the Eastern Open Judo Championships held on August 31, 2013 at the Greater Grace Outreach in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Baltimore Martial Arts Academy is closed today (Monday, March 25, 2013) due to snow so we will not be having judo class. But don’t let your evening go to waste! You can do some sit-ups and pushups, practice tying your belt correctly (here is a video tutorial on the basic knot), and review some judo terminology, rules, promotional requirements, and upcoming events to keep on track.
On December 9, 2012, a bunch of Baltimore Judo folks participated in a Grappler’s Clinic headed by Judo, Sambo and Wrestling Champion Nina Cutro-Kelly. The clinic was a good mix of beginner and advanced grapplers, and in the second session we were also joined by National Wresting Champion Marina Lambert and BJJ Worlds medalist Kenneth Brown.
Over the two 2-hour sessions, Nina taught several series of grappling techniques including: wake gatame, kazure hiza gatame, ude garami (“kimora” and “americana”), yoko wakare (“japanese whizzer”), kazure juji gatame, “the chinese roll,” “wrong foot sweep,” “wrong way armbar,” “the hat trick,” and “triple jeopardy.”
Each technique showed a quirky yet practical sensibility clearly honed by Nina’s years of experience fighting high-level open-weight competitors in multiple grappling arts.
[Check out a brief video clip of the clinic here.]
I hope everyone who participated had a great learning experience!