2017 AAU Freestyle Judo National Championship

Dan Raney (top) in action at the 2017 AAU Freestyle Judo Championships

The 2017 AAU Freestyle Judo National Championships took place on September 30, 2017 at Kansas City North Community Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The rules were different in this tournament. The tournament was officiated under the Kodakan Judo rules. Dan Raney was the lone representative for Team White Dragon. The veteran place his stamp on the event by capturing the gold in his category. Raney put on a tremendous display of judo takedowns in his first match winning it by osaekomi. The opposition had no answer for Raney’s setups and superior newaza. It was Raney’s first national championship of his long judo career.

2017 America’s Cup Judo Championships

Muncie Central High School in Muncie, Indiana was the venue for the 2017 America’s Cup Judo Championships on September 16, 2017. Yondan Derick Wellman helped officiate this tournament. Manareldeen Fajors was the lone representative for Team White Dragon in this event. Fajors went undefeated on the day taking gold in his category.

2017 Konjo Dojo Fall Judo Championships

Team White Dragon

The 2017 Konjo Dojo Fall Judo Championships took place at the Hillsboro Intermediate School in Hillboro, Missouri on September 9, 2017. The legendary Randy Pierce, the creator of this tournament series was the tournament director for this event. The Konjo Fall Championships was officiated by Randy Pierce, Bryan Enlow and Derick Wellman. Head coach David Burke led a young Team White Dragon against formidable opposition. Glenn Trotter took 1st in the veterans division. Adnan Gutic continued his reign of greatness winning first place in his weight class. Sam Coln fought some tough matches and showed significant improvement. Bryan Enlow returned to the mat and fought in the open weight category. Byron Helmrich broke out of his 1st place drought with a first place showing. Helmrich had the Throw of the Tournament executing a thunderous morote seoinage in the 1st place match. Phillip Vojta was the MVP of the Tournament. Vojta went undefeated on the day winning his division and the open category.

Tuesday Night Adult Classes

Derick Wellman

Tuesday Night Adult Classes are back 😮! YES!! Tuesday Night Adult Classes are back starting August 29, 2017! Want to learn good judo from a quality instructor? Yondan Derick Wellman is a national referee and one of the best instructors in the Saint Louis area. Whether you are a competitor, judo enthusiast or novice, you will learn from the best. Tuesday Adult class starts at 7 pm. There is plenty of room on the mat. Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity. Check out our website at www.whitedragonjudo.com. We will see you on the mat.

Summer Friendship Tournament II 2017

It was record participation and attendance at the second Friendship Tournament of the summer. The Konjo Dojo hosted this event that took place on August 12, 2017. Sensei Derick Wellman officiated this event. More dojos were represented at this tournament. The juniors got the opportunity to know what it like to compete. The junior judokas showed significant improvement at this event. They displayed improved technique, great sportmanship and a renewed confidence. These tournaments are getting larger and the classes are getting bigger. The classes are filling up but there is always plenty of room. Come and join us on the mat. Contact us and check out the website at www.whitedragonjudo.com.

Promotion Night July 31, 2017

Promotion Night 07312017 (1)This month’s promotion night featured the best young judokas White Dragon Judo Club has to offer. Both judokas possess superior athleticism and an improved technical proficiency in the martial art. With 7th dan Randy Pierce and Derick Wellman presiding, Sam Coln was promoted to Sankyu (first degree brown belt) and Phillip Vojta was promoted to Nikkyu (second degree brown belt). Sam Coln started judo in 2014 with his sister. Sam Promotion Night 07312017 (7)showed a lot of tenacity and determination throughout his judo journey. It has helped him learn a lot of judo in a short period of time. Sam is one of White Dragon’s most fierce competitors. Making the commute from Rolla, Missouri, Phillip Vojta did not let distance keep him from reaching his goals. It was not unusual to see him practice after judo practice. His attitude has made him a formidable competitor to some of the best judokas in the country. Phillip will be attending Saint Louis University this year and will continue his study of judo at White Dragon Judo Club. There is no limit to the achievements that these two judokas can make in judo and in life.

USJF National Kata Conference 2017

2017 USJF National Kata Conference 2Members of White Dragon Judo Club attended the 2017 National Kata Conference on July 26-30, 2017. The event took place at the James J. Eagan Center in Florissant, Missouri. The conference, hosted by Eiko Shepherd and Kitokan Judo Club, attracted judo practitioners from all over the country. Judo kata or forms are pre arranged patterns that 2017 USJF National Kata Conferenceillustrate the basic principles of judo. The forms demonstrate the proper execution of a technique and emphasizes the philosophical views upon which judo is based. Derick Wellman has been practicing judo kata for over thirty years now. His strong attention to detail has helped him prosper in this area of the martial art. Sensei Derick has achieved local certification for Nage no kata. His team took 4th place at the 2011 US Judo National Championships and bronze at the 2012 US Judo National Championships. White Dragon Judo Club teaches kata to all of its judo practitioners. Judo kata is a beautiful display of what judo is all about.

Neil Adams Judo Clinic

2017 Neil Adams Judo Clinic (1)The Neil Adams Judo Clinic took place at the Wahadachi Judo Club in Milwakee, Wisconsin on July 22-23, 2017. Members of White Dragon Judo Club attended this 4 sessions, 2 day rare sold out event. Neil Adams is and has been the voice of international judo. The legendary 8th dan has an extensive judo resume. Adams is a 2 time Olympic silver medalist, world judo champion and a 5 time European Judo Champion. He has authored or co authored numerous books on judo and has coached all over the world. Currently he is the owner of Neil Adams Effective Fighting. During the judo sessions, Neil Adams explained the importance of proper uchikomi practice. He emphasized good technique. He showed throws like tai otoshi, kouchigari and ouchigari. Adams also talked about the importance of practicing newaza. The hachidan demonstrated the basics of juji gatame. It was a awesome experience to learn from one of the best judokas in the world.

2017 USJA/USJF Summer Nationals

The 2017 USJA/USJF Grassroots Judo Summer Nationals took place at the Palm Beach 2017 USJA USJF Summer NationalsConvention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida on July 7-9, 2017. Sensei Derick Wellman and the legendary 7th dan Randy Pierce assisted in the officiating of this tournament. Sensei Derick Wellman became a National Judo referee in October 2016. Since then Derick has been seen officiating at most of the major USA Judo/USJA/USJF sanctioned tournaments. Throughout the years Sensei Wellman has studied and maintained a thorough knowledge of Olympic and Freestyle judo rules. This has aided him in teaching his instructors how to teach judo. Sensei Wellman has set a new standard of dedication to the martial art of judo.

Summer Friendship Tournament 2017

The Belleville Judo Club hosted the first Friendship Tournament of the year on July 1, 2017. Chad 2017 Summer Friendship Tournament (3)Purdy was the tournament director for this event. Derick Wellman and the legendary 7th dan Randy Pierce officiated the event. This summer’s Friendship Tournament was different from the others because it displayed a different set of rules. The AAU freestyle judo rules were implemented for this tournament. It was a learning experience for all as the match scoring are based on a point system. Team White Dragon consisted of some the best junior judokas in White Dragon Judo Club. The juniors put on an exhibition of excellent Kodokan Judo. This tournament’s purpose is to help parents, junior and senior judokas learn about how a shiai tournament is conducted. Judokas young and old find out fast the purpose of all those drills and exercises they do in practice. Everybody WINS! Everybody gets a medal and everybody has fun. Interested? What are you waiting for? Get on the mat! There is plenty of room. Judo is a great exercise and you might gain a friend or two in the process. Contact us and checkout the website at www.whitedragonjudo.com.