Open Workout January 2012

January 8, 2012 - Courtesy of Missouri Martial Arts

Parents Night 2011

Rolla Open Workout

Oct 22, 2011

St. Louis Open

Oct 15, 2011

Bonnie Korte Clinic

September 24, 2011

Summer Smackdown

Judo Olympian Leo White

Judo Olympian Leo White visited White Dragon Judo Club to give a clinic on June 25-26, 2011

Tohkon Classic XVI

Tohkon Classic XVI - June 4, 2011

2011 Konjo Spring Judo Championships

April 9, 2011

Floating Floor

Thanks to everyone at White Dragon for all your dedication and hard work! Props go out to our engineer, Gene for coordinating construction, Ryan for supplying crews and expertise, and Dan for his mad carpentry skills. Thanks also goes out to Denver Judo for sharing their plans for the floating floor design.

January Mini-Camp

Tom Kuhne, Rokudan, ran a 4 day mini training camp preparing athletes for the upcoming tournament season. These 4 day camps are being held on a monthly basis until Senior Nationals at the end of April. The camps start with practices Thursday and Friday nights from 7-9pm with intense drills and randori practices. Saturday and Sunday morning is physical training from 9:30-10:15am and more judo from 11:30am-1:30pm. January’s camp included participants from a 300 mile radius, the furthest hailing from Memphis, TN. Clubs represented were White Dragon, Memphis Judo & Jiu-Jitsu, Rolla Judo Club, Kitokan, Kirkwood, USA Stars, and Team Commean. Adding to the specialness of January’s camp, Saturday, Paul Tanabe, Hachidan and his wife Machiko shared with the participants the Japanese tradition of mochitsuki. Mochitsuki is a rice pounding ceremony that is typically done to celebrate the Japanese New Year. Members of the St. Louis Osuwa Taiko group came with their Japanese drums, and after giving an exciting performance, helped keep a steady rhythm for the rice pounding. Once beaten to smithereens, the glutinous rice, mochi, was then balled up and participants had the choice to eat it alone or with toppings such as red bean paste, soy sauce and seaweed, or my favorite – chocolate syrup.

Family Night

In November, White Dragon hosted our first Family Night. We had exercises and races pairing adult and child together. We then taught the parents a turnover into kesa gatame and how to throw their child with osoto gari. The event was such a huge success we anticipate having more of these in our future.

Friendship Tournament 2010

Friendship Tournament - April 7, 2010