Honored to Announce

I am truly honored to announce the promotions of Allen Monroe and Aleksi Lee. Their sustained hard work and dedication has earned them the rank of shodan. I wish I could say things are easier from now on but quite the opposite, we now expect more from them with regard to running the club and contributing to judo.
Their promotions were definitely deserved as they both exemplify what a shodan should be.

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Women’s self defense class a success

We had a great group of attendees at the class and they seemed to have a good time and learn some key techniques for avoiding, escaping, and if necessary surviving a hostile confrontation. Led by Sergeant Rich Gere, the class learned basic thought process and tactics, key vulnerable points of attackers, and a variety of strikes. They were able to practice these skills with focus pads, safety gear, and ultimately if they wished a simulated hostile confrontation with our (big) Mike Smith in a protective suit.

The class did great and despite some red knuckles from the punching, seemed to have a great time and find it valuable.

Spokane Judo was honored to host this class and thanks Sgt. Rich Gere and Officer John Yen for their time and help in teaching it, as well as providing the equipment.

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Holiday Party: The Aftermath

I wanted to thank everyone for coming to the party Saturday. I enjoyed getting a chance to connect with everyone off the mat. We always workout together, but it is nice to let everyone showcase their non-judo personalities.
Now I just need a way to incorporate pushups into the event!

I was also very pleased to get an opportunity to present Elijah Lopez with his much deserved promotion to White/Yellow belt. Hopefully we will see him again at practice soon.
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