Monthly Archives: June 2018

Spring Friendship Tournament 2018

This spring’s Friendship Tournament was hosted by Perryville Judo Club in Perryville, Missouri. The tournament took place on May 19, 2018. The event was also a clinic. There were many instructors and students from three different states. 4th dan Derick Wellman was one of the instructors and referees for this event. During the clinic, Sensei Wellman demonstrated the fundamentals of his favorite technique tai otoshi. Sensei Wellman also officiated the event. Derick is a national referee. The junior students picked up a lot of good instruction in understanding the rules of judo. The student worked hard obtaining a good workout and great instruction.

2018 USA Judo Senior National Championships

The Round Rock Sport Center was the site of this year’s USA Judo Senior National Championships. The big tournament took place on May 12-13, 2018. 4th dan Derick Wellman was the coach of TEAM WHITE DRAGON. Philip Vojta¬†came to this tournament seeking the elusive gold. Philip had won gold in 3 of his last 4 judo tournaments. He went 3-2 on the day competing in the ELITE and brown belt categories. He took home a silver medal. It was Adnan Gutic day at this tournament. Adnan collected his 5th Visual Impaired National Championship. Gutic was relentless with his superior newaza. All of his matches were not easy but Adnan stayed focused and managed to go undefeated on the day.