USA Judo Announces International Training Center (ITC) Pilot Program
Today USA Judo announced a new venture with Pacific Rim Martial Arts Academy (PRMAA), Tigard, Ore., to create the first USA Judo International Training Center – East Asia.
The intent of this pilot program is to bring judo training and techniques from East Asian countries like Japan and South Korea, who have historically strong and successful judo programs that are perennially ranked in the top 10 internationally, to American Judoka. Features of the International Training Center – East Asia will include the following:
- A full-time coach with extensive knowledge and experience in East Asian judo training and competition techniques.
- Guest and part-time coaches/clinicians with high levels of East Asia judo techniques and training experience.
- 1-2 Japanese Training & Cultural Tours per year with potential scholarship opportunities.
- 1-2 USA Judo Elite Athlete Training Camps per year.
USA Judo’s first ITC will have its grand opening at PRMAA February 17-18, 2018, with athlete and coaching clinics featuring American, Japanese and Chinese instructors. More details about this camp may be found at https://www.prmaa.com/events/. A second USA Judo Elite Athlete Camp is scheduled for June 25-29, 2018.
The first ITC Japan Judo Study Tour will occur July 15-28, 2018. Space is limited to the first 30 registrants and more information can be found at https://www.prmaa.com/japan-study-tours/.
The genesis of the International Training Center idea was derived from conversations between USA Judo CEO, Keith Bryant, and Pacific Rim Martial Arts Academy Owner, Mike Martyn.
“Mike Martyn has built a beautiful new dojo and is committed to bringing high-level training to PRMAA,” said Bryant. “He has hosted numerous Japanese Champion judokas, clinics and exchange students for many years and conducted premiere Japanese tours exposing participants to various training sites and instructors. USA Judo is grateful to Mike and PRMAA for taking on this new initiative and we look forward to providing American Judoka increased access to East Asian techniques without having to invest the time and money for travelling internationally.”
“Judo has given me so much in my life and I want to help grow the sport in the United States and introduce its culture to the American public while also increasing the skill and competitiveness of American Judoka,” said Martyn. “I have been fortunate to travel to Japan many times for both business and judo and have the connections and resources to successfully launch the ITC.”
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USA Judo is the national governing body for the sport of judo in the United States based in Colorado Springs, Colo. https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Judo
Pacific Rim Martial Arts Academy is located in Tigard, Ore. Established in 1979, it is the oldest martial arts academy in the Portland Metropolitan Area and has been internationally recognized as a model for developing successful competitors and exceptional people. https://www.prmaa.com/
Mike Martyn has more than 35 years of martial arts experience. Since 1993, Martyn has traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Japan and trained with numerous martial arts experts including top Aikido instructors as well as European, World and Olympic Judo champions. Martyn currently holds the following black belt ranks: 6th Dan Chung Do Kwan TaeKwonDo, 6th Dan Ju Sool Kwan Hapkido, 4th Dan Judo, 4th Dan Nihon Jujutsu, and 3rd Dan Aikido. In his professional practice, Martyn is the founder of SISU Consulting Group (www.sisucg.com), an award-winning international consultancy supporting organizations throughout North America, Central America, and Europe. Prior to founding SISU, Martyn worked in the private equity arena, successfully turning around companies in both manufacturing and service industries. This approach, described in his book “Own the Gap “(www.ownthegap.com), has been used by more than 400 organizations since it publication in 2012 and won the Shingo Prize for Research and Professional Publication. Read full bio here: https://www.prmaa.com/head-instructor-2/