Monday, September 21, 2015

Stefan Habsburg Wins Gold At Gateway Tournament

This weekend Stefan Habsburg competed at the Gateway Invitational Tournament in Missouri. After 11 months recovery from knee surgery, this was his first competition back. As expected, he did amazing and took home the gold medal. Below are the videos of his matches. The first match was won by kouchi gari (little inside) and the second match was won by pin. Congratulations Stefan! The team is proud of you!


Stefan's mainly wanted to focus on stand-up as opposed to ground-play. In the 2nd match you can see him let his opponent up when they go to the ground. At the end of the match, Stefan had his opponent in a pin. His opponent verbally tapped, meaning Stefan won by pin/submission.

We're excited to have Stefan, one of our top competitors, back on the mat. His knee is doing fine and we look forward to seeing him win many more tournaments this coming year.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Hollis Park Judo Tournament 2016!!

Hollis Park Judo
Invitational Judo Tournament

You are cordially invited to attend a Judo Tournament hosted at the Hollis Park Recreation Center.

Tournament Venue: Hollis Park Recreational Center
10107 Vine Street
Mapleton, IL 61547 (see attached map) 309-697-2929

Event Date: Sunday January 10, 2016 Awards: Medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Entry Fee: $20
Weigh-in: 10:30am – 12pm Competition: 1:30pm

Two Competition Areas

All matches will be three minutes in duration
All players are guaranteed, no fewer than, two matches
Golden Score will be used where neither players earns a score during regulation time.

Kata Competition:
The Hollis Park Judo Tournament will include Kata Competition. Kata competition will take place
before the Shiaii matches.

Referees: For  each  volunteer  Referee,  one  contestant,  from  that volunteers Team, may be
registered, in the competition, free of charge.

This tournament is not a preregistration event. However, for the sake of convenience, the
registration form and Liability Waiver have been included in this package. Preparing the forms in
advance will make registration much more efficient. Registration forms will be available at the
registration table.

Tournament Director: George Weers

Pioneer of Women's Judo

Coach George Weers sent out an interesting article about Rena Kanokogi. You can read it HERE.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Practice Makes Perfect

Wanna know how to get good at judo? Practice. Drill. In just two weeks, part of our team will be heading down to Missouri for the Gateway Tournament on Sept. 19. We look forward to seeing all that hard work put into action. But before the medals, comes the hours of drills, perfecting throws and practicing judo. Hope to see you on the mat!  

Joe catches his breath while Coach Alex and Natalie have some randori in the background 

Coach Mitch and Coach Blaine demonstrate a new throw

The team gathers to learn a new drill

Coach George and Coach Alex

Controlling the fight all the way to the mat

More drills

Coach George and Coach Alex

Practice, practice, practice

Coach George and Coach Alex 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Fall Judo Is Here!!

This is most likely the last week of miserably hot weather. Hooray! Here comes beautiful crisp fall evenings perfect for judo! We hope to see you on the mat! 

Below are a few pictures with some of our team who toughed out the humidity and suited up in giant gi coats despite the heat. That's dedication for you. Way to go team! 

Coaches Stefan and Alex keeping each other on their toes

Coach Blaine works out with Will

Julien shows Aubrey a new throw

It's Aubrey's turn! 

Amber and Naomi work on foot sweeps

Coach Stefan throws Alex