Thank you to Pacific, Lakeland, and Joseki dojos for helping to make our first Monday Night Fight a success. As this is a work in progress, we are making a couple of changes. In July we are moving the date from July 1st to July 8th. This was done due to a scheduling conflict with the Junior Olympics. Also, we are opening the refereeing up to anyone, Green Belt and above. If you are interested in refereeing, and want to try your hand at it. Here is your chance.
On the first Monday of each summer month – June 3rd, July 1st, and August 5th – during normal practice hours (kids 6-7pm, adults 7-8:30), Spokane Judo is inviting the local Judo Community to Monday Night Fights. It is not a tournament, and due to it being during summer, we are not able to predict turn out. However, after talking to all the local clubs, there has been enough interest expressed to have these. The focus will be on how to properly enter and exit the fight space, and on gaining valuable mat time. We have actual referees who will be there, and this is intended to help everyone improve their Judo. All of the fights are about honor, respect, and making everyone’s Judo stronger. If you can come and fight, that would be great – please be sure you are current with your judo organization. If you are injured, or do not want to fight, you are still welcome, as you are part of the Judo Community as well. Hope to see you there.
Spokane Judo Club is organizing our cabinets. We have decided to sell some of the extra gi tops and pants that we have. They are clean, and marked by size. Because they are older, and have shrunk, it is important to get a size larger than you would normally wear. We are selling the pants and tops for $10 each, and complete gis for $20. We have the ability to mix sizes if necessary. We have mostly white, however, we do have blue gi stuff, in a very limited amount.
Just a reminder that the tournament here in town is tomorrow. Everyone should come down and help out (even if your not competing).
There is always a need for more help at the tournament and anything you can do is appreciated.
On a related note, practice tomorrow (Saturday) will be cancelled because everyone will be at the tournament. Also, there won’t be practice on Monday due to the holiday. See everyone back on the mat on Thursday.
Good luck to all our competitors tomorrow.
I received the below post from Judo Northwest.
I have put in the links where I have info.
For your Judo Calendars
May 11, 2019 Middle & High School Championships
, Kentwood Sr. High School, 25800 164th Av. SE, Covington
DEADLINE: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 Registration site:
May 25, 2019 Inland Empire Judo Classic
, Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls, Blvd., Spokane
DEADLINE: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Registration site:
June 1&2, 2019 USA Judo Sr. National Championships
, Las Vegas, NV
DEADLINE: Online registration deadline is May 23, 2019 Info packet and registration link is here,
June 16, Marti Malloy and Haruka Tachimoto Clinic and Camp
, Seiei Dojo, 12611 Northup Way, Suite 300, Bellevue
Registration packet and payment here:
The Northwest Association for Blind Athletes has asked us to run an introduction to judo for a group of visually impaired kids. I am not sure of the time yet for the judo part of the event, but the event itself is Friday, 9:30 to 2:00, so somewhere in that range. It will be held at Medical Lake high school (more details are in the flyer).
If you can come and help that would be great. We did this last year and it was a lot of fun. We just show the kids how to fall, and teach them a little about how great judo is and why it is much better than any other sport they could do.
I will add more details as I get them.
Just a reminder that we will have practice tomorrow at 9:00.
I hope everyone can attend.
Also, we have Hal and Mike competing at budokan this weekend, Hal & Mike, way to represent!
Members of Spokane Judo fought hard and well Saturday at the WA State Judo Championships.
Everyone demonstrated great sportsmanship and showcased awesome technique – well done!
We are proud to have you represent our club.
Zach and Jason are gaining valuable tournament experience and learning a lot – each time they compete they get better.
Marigold rocked her second tournament with medals in two separate divisions – go Marigold! WA State Champ in one division, Silver in the other.
Ryan ruled the mat with both randori and newaza! WA State Champ in his division too!
Montana‘s first tournament after some time away from the mat showed you can’t keep a good fighter down – he took Silver in his division
Mike fought hard and acquitted himself well, attempting to execute a variety of techniques – great fighting Mike!
Hal did outstanding in his first tournament (and he had fun cutting weight), taking second in his division.
Taylor won his first match with a beautiful ippon, then in a freak competition accident during his second match sustained a broken elbow.