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Positively Judo is a new feature that will be posted by USA Judo on its website and Facebook Pages every Friday. There are so many positive stories about the sport of judo and USA Judo Members, we thought there should be way to share them. If you have a positive judo or USA Judo Member-related story to share for consideration of being posted in the Positively Judo feature, please e-mail your story, photos, etc. to Cara Fasciani at Thank you!


Louisiana Judo
Louisiana Judo held two judo clinics for special needs children last week. They have done this every year for the last 10 years, free of charge! Just another way that judo positively affects communities across the world!


IJF Academy Certifications
Congratulations to the following three USA Judo coaches who passed the IJF Academy Level 1 certification course in the Dominican Republic:

  • Grace Talusan from Kokushi Midwest Judo in Illinois
  • Jacob Dempsey from UAA Judo and Jiu Jitsu in Alaska
  • Juan Montenegro from Orange County Judo Training Center in California
  • Dan Rusu (Level 2 mat session) from Kim's Martial Arts and Fitness in Pennsylvania


Menomonee Judo Club Hosts Military Sports Camp
Menomonee Judo Club hosted a full day of Judo workshops at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab Military Sports Camp in Chicago, IL. It’s the 11th consecutive year that they have run Judo workshops at the Military Sports Camp. The camp brings together 50 wounded or disabled servicemen and servicewomen from around the United States. They converge on Chicago every summer to try out 14 Adaptive sports (including Judo). 15 states and every branch of the military were represented. Almost all of Menomonee’s elite competitors volunteered at the event, including Max Antoniou, Mikey Mutz, Nefeli Papadakis, and Natalija Stanojevic.


Ronda Rousey becomes first female inductee into UFC Hall of Fame
USA Judo sends it’s congratulations to Olympic Bronze Medalist and pioneer for women’s MMA, Ronda Rousey, on being inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. Thank you for your contributions toward promoting the sport of Judo!


Liubimovski and Sheynfeld Earn Gold in The Netherlands
Congratulations to Daniel Liubimovski and Lenny Sheynfeld on their first place podium finishes at the International Judo Tournament in Venry, Netherlands last weekend! Also, congratulations to David Avshalumov for his second place podium finish at the same event. Great showing for Team USA.



USA Judo Texas Training Tour
The USA Judo Texas Training Tour was a huge success with over 100 participants over the course of almost 3 weeks. In conjunction with USA Judo; Eastside Dojo, Fort Worth Judo Club and Bulldog Judo Club hosted training sessions twice daily to help athletes prepare for the start of Olympic Qualifying and the Senior National Championships. Big thank you to Dr. Dylan Lin, Anytime Fitness, and Sigma CrossFit for providing our training camp attendees sports therapy sessions and free access to the gym.


"Judo In Schools" Program in Orlando & Introductions
Ryan Vargas stopped by the Cornerstone Academy in Orlando, FL to help teach their judo class. The Cornerstone Academy is a participating school in USA Judo’s “Judo in School” program.


Congratulations to Ben Goodrich (-100kg) on his 7th Place finish at the IBSA World Cup in Antalya


Elmahroukey Takes A Bronze
Noran Elmahroukey (-48kg), from the Skelley Judo Club, won a Bronze medal last weekend at the 2018 African Cadet Cup in Tunisia. Great work Noran!


Jeff Stout Named All-American
Congratulations to Jeff Stout, who was just named NSCA All-American High-School Athlete of the Year for Martial Arts (Judo). He was recognized for his achievement in the development of improved athletic performance through strength and conditioning excellence.
Jeffrey has had a very successful year competing in the Olympic sport of judo. During the summer of 2018, Jeff won 3 gold medals at the INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR OLYMPIC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS in Spokane WA, the UNITED STATES JUDO ASSOCIATION & FEDERATION NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS in West Palm Beach, FL, and The US OPEN in Ft. Lauderdale, FL,” said David Fukuda. “In addition to his judo-specific training, Jeff works hard on his strength and conditioning. At 200lbs Jeff’s 1RM PR for Clean (300lbs), Squat (370lbs), deadlift (435lbs) and Bench Press (315lbs) make him one of the strongest Judo athletes in the USA for his age and weight division. As one of his coaches, I believe his strength training has helped him to succeed in Judo.”

Mikey Mutz Takes On The Judo Spirit
From the very beginning, Mikey Mutz has understood the true meaning of the sport of Judo. “At our dojo, we take Professor Jigoro Kano’s principal of mutual welfare and benefit to heart. It’s our responsibility to give back to our community as a sign of gratitude for all the opportunities that Judo has given us.”, explained Mikey, a 16 year old member of the Menomonee Judo Club - USA Judo Paralympic National Training Site in Chicago. Last year Mikey competed at the Cadet World Championships in Santiago, Chile and the Junior Pan American Championships in Cancun, Mexico.
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Lincoln Han Attends Veterans Tournament in Savoie, France
Over Easter Sunday, Lincoln went to a international veteran tournament in Savoie, France, after six fights, Lincoln had five wins and one loss and ended up third place (by points). "The French master tournament system is something new for me because they try to maximize each participant's number of matches," explains Han. "We first play three matches in a four-man pool and then go to the tournament format, I had one loss so I had to settle for a bronze medal. I was the first American to participate in this event and the organizers were very hospitable." In addition to the medal, each medalist was also given a bottle of the local white wine!
"I would highly recommend this event to other master players." -- Lincoln Han


Liubimovski Scores Silver, Livshiz Takes 5th At London Tournament
Daniel Liubimovski, age 10 (Samir Judo Club), and Eric Livshiz, age 14 (Tri-Valley Judo), traveled across the pond to compete in the Sportif International Tour at the University of East London. Daniel took silver from his group of 11 competitors. Eric took 5th out of 14 competitors. Liubimovski and Livshiz will be attending the international training camp immediately following the event.
Great job to both athletes and congratulations on the wins!!!



Mariah Holguin - Summa Cum Laude
17 year old, Pan Am team member, Mariah Holguin honors her longtime coach, Jim Hrbek at her High School's Summa Cum Laude Reception.


Cadet European Judo Cup Fuengirola
Noran Elmahroukey (48kg) – places 5th at the Cadet European Judo Cup on February 17, 2018.
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Lincoln Han selected to commentate at the 2018 European Continental Open in Rome
This past weekend, Lincoln Han was invited to commentate along former World Champion, Mrs. Loretta Cusack Doyle at the 2018 European Continental Open in Rome. This is his second year commentating.


Successful Holiday Training Camp at the OTC
The Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO hosted a Holiday training camp on December 26 – January 2. Several Olympians were in attendance, including: Nick Delpopolo (2012, 2016), Ryan Reser (2008), Rhadi Ferguson (2004), and Ed Liddie (1984). 50 athletes participated in the camp.


Judo Legends Luis Guardia
TThe IJF went to meet Mr. Luis Guardia, the Miami-based legend, as part of the #JudoLegends series.

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Marti Malloy to Attend Team USA Winterfest
Marti Malloy, 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist, will be an Athlete Ambassador at the Team USA Winterfest in San Jose, CA.
The Winterfest is a multi-stop festival crisscrossing the country to bring the energy and excitement of the Olympics and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 to Team USA fans around the globe.
Marti will meet-and-greet with fans from 6:30-8:00pm. If you are in the area stop by for a fun-filled day!