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!
At the age of 64, Sensei Charles “Corky” Peters has decided to retire from Judo and plans to step down as Head Sensei as of January 1, 2013 and expresses great faith that Baltimore Judo Club will continue with Christina Salmond as Head Sensei and David Bare as Assistant Sensei.
In an article in the Baltimore Judo Club newsletter, which he has published monthly for many years, Sensei Peters explains “I have agonized for 3 years over this decision but this is a transition that I must undergo in order to continue to care for my family, home and myself in the way that they deserve.” Though Sensei Peters expresses much regret at not being physically able to continue teaching, what he regrets most is not being able to fill Baltimore Judo Club founder Sensei John Anderson’s shoes as Shufu Rank Registration Chairman. “John Anderson has done the most to help me mature into the man I am today and taught me a discipline that has given me confidence and peace of mind,” Sensei Peters writes with open gratitude and deep sadness. “Though I will move into forms of recreation that are kinder to an old person, hopefully, I will occasionally get to see friends I made during my 25 years in the sport,” Sensei Peters concludes, “Who knows?”
Sensei Corky’s last official practice is December 29, 2012 and Baltimore Judo Club would like to invite everyone to come to practice and show him how much his firm support and gentle guidance as meant to us all and most importantly to encourage him to visit us often.
News from United States Judo Federation
As you may well know, Keiko Fukuda Sensei will celebrate her 100th birthday on April 12, 2013. Dr. Shelley Fernandez and a generous Anonymous Donor has made the following offer to honor Fukuda Sensei’s special birthday and her dedication to Judo through the following fundraising program to add to the Keiko Fukuda Judo Scholarship fund. Between now and April 12, 2013, donations to the Keiko Fukuda Judo Scholarship fund of $100 or more will be matched up to a maximum of $100 per donation. The $100 matching donations will be made up to a maximum aggregate total of $3,500 in $100 matching donations by our Anonymous Donor ($2,500) and Dr. Shelley Fernandez ($1,000).
The USJF Endowment Trust Trustees encourage all individuals, Dojos, Yudashakais, business, and any interested parties to make donations during this period to take advantage of the this offer and maximize your gift. Furthermore, the Endowment Trust Trustees encourages others to consider making a similar matching donation pledge to further motivate donors to help perpetuate Fukuda Sensei’s ideals and legacy.
The Keiko Fukuda Judo Scholarship is a program of the USJF Endowment Trust. All of your donations made to the Keiko Fukuda Judo Scholarship become a part of it’s corpus/principal and can never be expended in its perpetuity. Thus, your gift/donation to the Keiko Fukuda Judo Scholarship fund is a gift that keeps on giving. Your gift will also add to your donation total towards upgrading your Life Membership or President’s Club Life Membership to the next level! Depending on your tax situation, all or a portion of your donation/gift may be tax-deductible. Please check with your tax professional.
The USJF “Keiko Fukuda Sensei Centennial Birthday Fundraising Drive” form, in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format, can be downloaded from Fukuda Sensei Centennial Birthday Fundraising Drive.