Dear USA Judo Members,
Due to scheduling and time constraints, we are not able to do our typical video message this month, but wanted to share with you a few highlights from the last month and things to come in April and beyond...
  • American Judo Alliance Agreement – While many USA Judo Members have shared with me their excitement of the partnership with USJA and USJF, I’ve also heard from some members that they have questions regarding how the Agreement specifically impacts USA Judo. We will soon be issuing a break-down of the agreement to answer some of these frequently asked questions and provide more clarity to the rationale and reasoning behind the partnership details as it pertains to USA Judo.
  • Recent Results – Please be sure to check out the successes achieved by USA Judo athletes at recent international competitions as well as domestic events honoring some of America's legendary coaches and athletes.
  • Upcoming Events – We will soon be entering one of the busiest times of year for USA Judo with two of our four national events coming up in April and May. Please check out all the details and register soon for the 2018 USA Judo Senior National Championships (May 12-13, in Round Rock, TX), the annual Night of Champions Dinner (May 12, also in Round Rock) and the 2018 USA Judo Junior Olympics Championships (June 22-24, in Spokane, WA).
  • USA Judo International Training Center Japan Tour – If you haven't yet seen the Facebook posts from the recent Japan trip by ITC Director, Mike Martyn, please check out the videos via the link in this newsletter. Bringing East Asian Judo techniques to the United States and providing opportunities to experience Japanese techniques in Japan are two key components to the philosophy behind the ITC and I hope you'll consider this unique opportunity to experience Japan this Summer.
  • Escape from Manchuria – speaking of Japan, please check out the often unknown historical post WWII Story made public by U.S. Judo Olympian and Olympic Team Coach, Paul Maruyama. His book, Escape from Manchuria, has been made into a mini-series by NHK Television in Japan and Part II will be broadcast in the U.S. soon.
As always, my sincere thanks to USA Judo Members for their continued support of USA Judo and the sport of judo in the United States.
"See" you next month!
Success Follows Judoka to South American Events
Congratulations to all the athletes who medaled at the Pan American Opens in Santiago, Chile, Lima, Peru, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. For full results, click HERE.
A special congrats to L.A. Smith III (-100kg), Nathaniel Keeve (-100kg), and Amelia Fulgentes (-57kg) for receiving medals all three weeks during the Pan American Open run.
International Training Center Director, Mike Martyn Visits Japan in Preparation for 2018 Japan Judo Tour this Summer
After a successful opeinig of the new USA Judo International Training Center in February, Mike Martyn jetted off to Japan earlier this month to finalize the plans for the 2018 Japan Judo Study Tour slated for July 15-28. After visiting historic dojos like the Kodokan and training with world champion judokas like Noriko Kitada and Hiroyuki Akimoto, Mike has set the bar high for those participating in the trip this summer.
This once-in-a-lifetime experience is open to all judoka 14 years and older with a minimum of 2 years experience on the mat.
Click here to learn more and check out the video below from Mike's trip to see some of the dojos the group is planning to visit.
April 06 - 08, 2018
Grand Prix, Antalya, Turkey
April 07 - 08, 2018
Junior European Judo Cup, Lignano, Italy
April 07 - 08, 2018
National Judo Camp at UCF, Orlando, Florida
April 07, 2018
April 07, 2018
April 14, 2018
April 14, 2018
April 14, 2018
31st Annual Liberty Bell Judo Classic, Bryn Allen, Pennsylvania
April 14, 2018
April 19-22, 2018
April 21, 2018
April 22, 2018
April 28, 2018
2018 Florida Open, Pembroke Pines, Florida
1964 USA Judo Olympian Paul Maruyama's Family Focus of New Documentary
The story of U.S. Judo Olympian Paul Maruyama's father is the basis of a new two-part miniseries – "A Country That Is Nowhere" – that first aired March 24 and continues March 31 on NHK, Japan's public broadcasting organization. The segments are also being shown in the United States on TV Japan, a premium channel. 
Congratulations to Jim Pedro Sr. for receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Athletic Club at the New York Open. Click HERE for more information.