Tuesday, September 11, 2018

THIS SATURDAY!! - Kokushi Midwest Judo Grand Opening

This Saturday, September 15, one of our sister clubs, Kokushi Midwest Judo, will be having its official Grand Opening. You won't want to miss this opportunity to visit and train with Judoka from all of the Illinois area. Led by Grace Talusan, Kokushi Midwest Judo, has a new and beautiful dojo complete with a much envied sprung floor. There will also be clinics by Eiko Shepard and Amarilis Savon.

Our team will be taking a group to go celebrate with Grace's team. We hope to see you there! Details below.

Date: THIS SATURDAY, September 15
Time: 10am-4pm
Place: 1814 Glenn Park Dr
           Champaign, IL 61821
Fee: $50 for participants
         FREE for spectators
*You must have a valid Judo registration card to participate

Congratulations to Grace and the Kokushi Midwest Judo Team on their new place! We are excited to come celebrate with you.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Mark Your Calendars! - Upcoming Bonnie Korte Clinic

October 21 - Bonnie Korte Clinic
1:00 - 3:00 pm
* more details to come

Bonnie Korte is one of the top female judoka and has been so since before women's judo was given the recognition and respect that men's judo had. A long time friend of Coach George, Bonnie will be giving a Judo Clinic on Sunday October 21 at our Hollis Park location. Mark your calendars! 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Visiting National Medalist and Referee THIS THURSDAY

This Thursday at our evening class we will be having a guest. Tracy Hangley is a National Medalist and Referee. If any of you have been to local tournaments, you've probably seen her either performing a kata or as a referee. We hope you can make it this Thursday to meet Tracy. 

Date: Thursday 8/9/18
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Hollis Park Rec Center
                10107 S. Vine Street
                Mapleton, IL 61547

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Blaine Duhs Medals at AJJF Tournament Today

ATJA & AJJF National Judo Championships
American Judo & Jujitsu Federation
American Traditional Jujutsu Association
Date: August 4, 2018

Just got an email from Blaine about the tournament in Atlanta, GA he was at today. Blaine's good friend Josh White set this up and Blaine was excited to attend. Here's his initial report back.


 After a long day of fighting (did I mention long?) I won two and lost two in the Heavy Weight Black Belt Division. The only guy that was under my weight was the first match. Everyone else had me by twenty or better. Fought to a Bronze in the Heavy. More on that later. 

In the Open division I did revenge one of my loses from the Heavy to a 290lb Russian Competitor. But then later in the bracket I lost to him by a Wazari.  And again in the open Mark Fletcher and I clashed like Titans. Mark is a monster!! 

Overall I had a great time. I’m in one piece. And the club is bringing home some more hardware. Seven hard fought matches and I’m going to find some Ibuprofen and a nap!!!

Blaine Duhs 


Congratulations Blaine!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Upcoming Tournament - Gateway Invitational

The annual Gateway Invitation Tournament is coming up! Here are the details: 

Date:                         October 6, 2018
Time:                        8:00 am
Location:                  Overland Community Center
                                  9225 Lackland Road
                                  Overland, MO 63114
Sponsor:                  White Dragon Judo Club
More Information:  USA Judo's Website HERE

We will be taking a team. If you are interested in going, let Coach George know so we can set up rides. Big thanks to White Dragon Judo for sponsoring this event again. We look forward to seeing everyone there! 

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Kokushi Midwest Judo Grand Opening

Our sister club in Champaign, Illinois will be having its Grand Opening on September 15. We encourage everyone to be there and admire the sprung floor and beautiful dojo Coach Grace Talusan has made happen. Guest Clinicans will be Eiko Shephard and Amarilis Savon. 

More information HERE 
visit Kokushi Midwest Judo's website HERE

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Midwest Collegiate Judo Championship 2018

A friendly reminder that the Midwest Collegiates are coming up on Saturday, February 10th at the Savoy Recreation Center in Savoy, IL.  This is a COLLEGIATE/SENIOR/MASTERS tournament (note: no juniors).   Online registration is currently available at www.strongvon.com/mcjc2018 .  Pre-registration closes on February 6.

Monday, January 8, 2018

2018 Hollis Park Tournament

Thank you to everyone who traveled to be a part of Hollis Park Judo's 2018 tournament. You all did an amazing job and we loved having each of you there. 

Pictures courtesy of Annalea Forrest. More pictures will be posted on our facebook page. 


A Note From Coach George

In spite of predictions of winter weather and bad roads the 2018 edition of the Hollis Park Judo Tournament hosted 22 competitors from St. Louis, Chicago, the Quad Cities and points between. As usual new friends were made, old friends got took time to catch up and coincidentally, a lot of Judo happened. Results for Hollis Park Team members are as follows:

Stefan Habsburg proved himself to be the baddest boy in town by winning his division AND capturing the Open division trophy. Natalie Habsburg maintained the family standard by capturing the Gold in her division. 

In his first Judo tournament, Drake Anthony brought home his division’s Gold. A 90 lb deficit to some of the bigger players did not deter Drake from entering the Open where he proved to all that Judo is NOT about strength but is executed with precision, agility and tactical acumen.

While earning a Gold in his first tournament, Russel Jones demonstrated a very strong talent for the game of Judo and a desire for more.

Once again, Joe Taylor proved that he is maintaining an improvement arc.  Joe took home a silver in his division and was runner-up in the Open. His two losses coming at the hands of Stefan. It’s easy to see a team rivalry developing here.

Aaron Prosser is ready to enter that, aforementioned, rivalry. Aaron submitted his strongest performance to date in earning his medal. Aaron was also surprised to be presented, a well-deserved, promotion to first degree black belt at the conclusion of the tournament.

After a break from training, Arieonna (Nana) Wertz has returned to Judo and proved that she still has the talent and drive by earning a Silver medal.

The 2018 HPD Judo event was the first tournament for Emmett Sickinger, Caleb Mathus and Dax Mathus. All three young men enjoyed the experience and took home medals. 

This was also the first tournament for Alex Hinds. In earning a Bronze medal Alex fought strongly and gained invaluable experience. Alex says he plans to do it again.

Our annual tournament could not run without help with set-up, tear-down, score tables and refereeing. The hard working volunteers that helped were:

Blaine, Dalton and Aubry Duhs
Gary Babcock
Ken Tiessen
Troy Draper
Mitch Williams’
Randy Pierce
Jim Sickinger

Most importantly, our events would not run without the expert guidance of Marie Weers and Melissa Draper. These ladies keep cool heads while all about them is the chaos of competition. I don’t know how they do it but without them we wouldn’t have such an efficient event.

Disclaimer: If I missed anyone or have reported incorrect results it’s because I’m attempting to write this report from memory. Please let me know if corrections are required.

Coach George Weers