Kangeiko 2016 @ Denver Buddhist Temple - Group Photo

Thank you to all participants and DBT Judo for hosting!


KanGeiko reminder 12/10/16 @ DBT Judo

Kangeko is just around the corner, taking place on Saturday December 10th from 11am-1pm at the Denver Buddhist Temple Judo Dojo. Access to the gym will only be through the orange door on the second level of the parking garage at 20th and Larimer Street. The temple front gate at Lawrence Street will not be open. Free parking in the garage will be available courtesy of Sakura Square Management. Parking passes will be issued at the venue. Parents are welcomed to join judoka on the mat for the warmup portion of the workout which will include yoga and interval training. Please print and sign the attached waiver prior to the workout (including parents that wish to participate in the warmup). All judoka must have a current USJI, USJF or USJA membership. We look forward to an exciting CJL year-end event. Hope to see you there!

Waivers below: (PDF, Google Drive)


Results: 2016 Denver Classic

The PDF-format file in the link below contains the results of the 2016 Denver Classic.
The Denver Classic Judo Championship was held November 5, 2016 at Johnson and Wales University in Denver, CO. There were 203 entries from Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska, Wyoming, Kansas, Michigan, and Minnesota. The winners of the men’s open division was Ajax Tadehara from the Olympic Training Center. The runner up was Kedge Zawack of Denver Judo. The winner of the women’s open division was Katie Sell, also of the Olympic Training Center and the runner up was Alyssa Zawack of Denver Judo. The Open Champions each received $250.00 and a championship belt.

We were also pleased to host a kata competition. There were demonstrations of 5 katas, judged by senseis Barry Hoffman and Hideki Hayashi.

The overall team award was won by Denver Judo, followed by the Olympic Training Center and Hyland Hills Judo.

Please bring suspected errors to the attention of Heidi Moore at judoheidi@comcast.net


Results of the 21st Albert Tagawa Shiai 2016

2016 Albert Tagawa Tournament @ Denver Buddhist Temple Judo
Results HERE (PDF, Google Drive)


Sake Tasting Event Fundraiser for DBT Judo

The Denver Buddhist Temple Judo Dojo is hosting a Sake Tasting fund raising event on October 12th at Wasabi Sushi Bar located in the Belmar Shopping Center. The Dojo will receiver $5.00 from each ticket. Details can be found in the attached flyer or by clicking on the link below.


48th Northglenn Championship 2016 Results

2016 Northglenn Championship Results

The attached PDF file contains the results of the 2016 48th Annual Northglenn Judo Championship held at the Northglenn Recreation Center on Saturday, September 17, 2016. 115 athletes representing clubs from Colorado and Wyoming participated in the event. Northglenn Judo Club finished 1st overall with 79 points, followed by Denver Judo with 60 points and Hyland Hills Judo Club with 42 points.

Kedge Zawack, Denver Judo, won the Grand Championship over Lucas Mignogna, Northglenn Judo Club in a single elimination format among the medal winners in the Senior Divisions. Among the women, Tracy Hangley-Crawford, Denver Judo won the Grand Championship over Becki Srofe, Denver Judo.

Suspected errors should be brought to the attention of John Miller at jonmira@aol.com
Results HERE (Google Drive, PDF)


21st Albert Tagawa Memorial Shiai Tournament at DBT Judo

21st Albert Tagawa Memorial Shiai 2016 at DBT Judo

October 8th

Online entry form & Payment available now!

Printable tournament details also available in link below:

A Thank you to Sensei Monty Mani who will act as Head Referee


48th Northglenn Judo Championship 2016

The PDF file in the Google Drive link below contains the entry package for the 48th Northglenn Judo Championship, scheduled to take place on September 17, 2016 at the Northglenn Recreation Center.

48th Northglenn Judo Championship 2016
September 16, 2016
Northglenn Rec Center

Entry Form HERE

Athletes can also register online at http://northglennjudo.org/news/2187


Congratulations to Kayla Harrison and Travis Stevens!

Congratulations to Travis Stevens and Kayla Harrison for medaling at the Rio 2016 Olympics!


Doc's Novice Tournament August 6th 2016

Northglenn Judo Club Hosts
Doc’s 2016 Novice Tournament

Saturday, August 6th

TOURNAMENT LOCATION: Northglenn Recreation Center

ELIGIBILITY: Male and Female athletes born in 2002-2010, inclusively

White and Yellow Belts ONLY.

Entry Form HERE

Letter from CJL President July 2016

Hi everyone,
The entry form for Doc's Novice Tournament is attached to this email.  The event will occur on August 6th at the Northglenn Recreation Center.

I am looking to start a monthly open workout with various host clubs throughout the state of Colorado.  We did this in Missouri and it was a huge success bringing the state together.  My thoughts are we host a Saturday workout 10am – noon.  $10 entry fee.  $5 goes to the CJL, $5 goes to the host club.  We have time for instruction and randori; the host club runs the practice.  After the workout ends, if so desired, we can all grab lunch together somewhere close by, enjoy food and a drink, and tell tall tales of the good old days.
This will not replace the open workouts hosted by Northglenn on the first Tuesday of every month at the Northglenn Community Center at 6:30pm.  These are great workouts and I highly encourage you to attend.  I was always nervous that I couldn’t make it on time because of getting off work late and battling traffic but they set my mind at ease and are happy to see you on the mat whenever you can get there.  With that said, it’s still better to be on time, but sometimes adulthood makes that difficult.
For the Saturday workouts, these are the dates I was thinking and I need volunteer host clubs.  And if there is a tournament or other scheduling conflict that I am not aware of, will you let me know? 
July 30
August 27
September 24
October 29
November 12 or 26 (I know the 26th is Thanksgiving weekend but sometimes you just want to get away and throw someone).  The host club for November can choose the date.
December 10 or 17 (host club picks the date)
If your club would like to volunteer to host an open workout on one of the dates above, please call, text, email, or facebook message me.  When I have the dates and locations filled in I will send out another email.   Tracy Crawford-Hangley – Cell: 314/960-4228 – graphic2goddess@yahoo.com
As for other dates to put into your planner, these are the ones I know:
July 22-24 - Joshi Judo Camp – Littleton, CO
August 6 - Doc's Novice Tournament - Northglenn, CO
August 13 – WY State Games – Casper, WY
September 17 – Northglenn Championship – Northglenn, CO
October 16 – Irwin Cohen Memorial Tournament – Chicago, IL (points tournament & referee evaluation site)
October TBD – Denver Buddhist Temple tournament
November 5 – Denver Judo Fall Tournament – Denver, CO (there will be a kata tournament taking place before the shiai)
November 5 – CJL Meeting during the break between juniors and seniors
November 19 – Dallas Invitational – Dallas, TX (prize $ for senior elite divisions, referee testing and evaluation site)
November 20 – President’s Cup – Dallas, TX – (points tournament and referee evaluation site)
November 18 -21 – IJF Veterans Tournament – Ft. Lauderdale, FL - if any veterans player (over 30 years old) is planning on going down to this tournament, there is a group of us renting houses with fellow judoka from St. Louis, Chicago, and Memphis. Let me know if you are interested in joining us.  It will be a good time.
November 22-23 – IJF Veterans Training Camp – Ft. Lauderdale, FL– Train with a legend!  The great Yamashita is running this camp.
January or February TBD – Boulder Tournament
Remember to check CJL's website for current updates www.coloradojudo.org

Last thing – we have a new Colorado Judo League facebook page to go with our CJL facebook group. I would love any content or events that you would like to add.  We have so many amazing judoka in Colorado I would really like to share your badassness.  I don’t know if you can add pictures and posts yourself or if Marcos or I have to add it, but either way, we’d love to show you off.
See you on the mat,
Tracy Crawford-Hangley
CJL President
Cell: 314/960-4228


Joshi (Women's) Judo Camp - Colorado Center for the Blind July 22 - 24

Flyer HERE

Attached is the flyer for the Joshi Judo camp that will be held at the Colorado Center for the Blind on July 22-24.  We have women from all over the country flying in for the event.  For 3 days of camp, the preregistration fee is $200 if mailed in by June 30.  Like I was telling you at the CJL meeting this weekend, if you have any female athletes who would like to come but cannot afford the fee, we have scholarships where they can help work the event in lieu of payment.  Either the sensei or the student can call or email me to get this set up.

My sister took me to my first Joshi Judo Camp when I was a teenager and it changed my life forever.  That is why when I moved to Denver, I asked my sensei, Eiko Shepherd, if we could host it here since sensei-Fukuda's passing, this event moves about to give this opportunity to women in other parts of the country. Please have your athletes reach out if they would like to attend but need assistance. This is not something they would want to miss and is something they will never forget.

Tracy Crawford-Hangley
Cell: 314/960-4228

Flyer HERE

CJL Election of New Officers 2016

On June 5th, the Board of Directors elected new officers for a two year term.

President:                           Tracy Crawford-Hangley
Vice-President:                 Marcos Batan
Secretary:                           Mathew Knipple
Treasurer:                           Brian Levitt
Members-at-Large          George Barisas
                                                Jody Sanchez
                                                Grace Jividen/Tommy Thompson

As the outgoing president, I wish the very best to the new Executive Committee and well as thank the outgoing committee for all of their hard work.  I believe that much has been accomplished in the past two years as evidenced by the items that are listed below.  I ask that all of the CJL clubs get involved to make Judo in Colorado the best.

Best regards,


  • Updated the Colorado Judo League Website
  • Established a PayPal account for all Judo Clubs to use
  • Registered with Google and established a Google Grants status
  • Re-established a CJL Coaches Clinic
  • Replaced manual scoring equipment with new computers and monitors
  • 2015/2016 Colorado State Judo Championships
  • Visited several Judo clubs seeking advice on future goals for CJL
  • Maintained the Treasurers position with the departure of Steve Shigaya to Seattle, Washington
  • Procured new CJL referee polo shirts
  • Procured referee electronic radios and headsets
  • Procured webcams to record or stream future events
  • Established an electronic archive of CJL promotion history
  • Established an electronic archive of CJL treasurers account history
  • Drafted an updated proposed CJL By-Laws
  • Revised the method for clubs to obtain tournament sanctions
  • CJL sponsored the Travis Stevens clinic


  • Re-establish a CJL Promotion Board
  • Work on webcams for future recording/transmission of Judo tournaments
  • Establish better relationships between Judo clubs
  • Develop Google Grants to the extent that there is a regular revenue stream that can be used to support worthy CJL athletes travel, room and board expenses to major tournaments.  [My Dream—Develop a facility that houses “Colorado Judo” so every club may host tournaments conduct joint workouts to benefit Judo in Colorado]

Cherry Blossom Festival 2016 Poster - June 18, 19


CJL Annual Board Meeting June 5, 2016

CJL Annual Board Meeting:

Dear Colorado Judo League Judo Clubs,
The annual meeting of the Colorado Judo League will be held as follows:

Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
Castle Rock Library, 100 S. Wilcox St., Castle Rock, CO. 80104
James H. LaRue Meeting Room

Your votes for officers for the next two years is very important.  Please represent your club at this meeting or send your designated representative.  If you or anyone in your club is interested in running for a Board position, please solicit representatives of your club and let us know.  Representation by all of our CJL clubs strengthens Judo in Colorado.  Your vote is important.  Professor Jigoro Kano's principle of "Jita Kioye"-"Mutual Benefit and Welfare" is fundamental in the success of our Colorado organization.

Please call or email with any questions.  See you on Sunday.

Best Regards,


Outstanding CJL Judoka 2016


The following Judoka were selected by the coaches and referees for their performance at this year’s 2016 Colorado State Judo Championships

Junior Boys Terran Schwartz (Gracie Judo)

Junior Girls Sarah Kuzbiel (Denver Judo)

Senior Men Christian Sousa (Boulder Judo Training Center)

Senior Women Alyssa Zawack (Denver Judo)

Open Men Garmma Shinebayer (Denver Judo)

Open Women Courtney McComas (USA Stars of Salt Lake)

Masters Men Rommel Bago (Rocky Mountain Judo)

Masters Women Becky Fierens (Denver Judo)

The following Colorado Judo League club judoka were selected by their dojo senseis for their dedication to Judo and to their dojo

Boulder Judo Training Center Shane Gray

Boulder YMCA Isaiah Boehm

Denver Buddhist Temple Judo Dojo Yoon Chang

Denver Judo Terran Schwartz

Fort Collins Judo Benjamin Ashby

Front Range Judo Noah Hadders

Gracie Judo Evelyn Kennedy

Hyland Hills Judo Jesse Butler

Johnson Wales MMA Brandin Morales

Northglenn Judo Charles Matheson

Olympic Training Center Savanah Ziegler

USAFA Wyatt Bertrand

Photos of the Colorado State Judo Championships 2016


2016 CJL State Judo Championships Results

Colorado State Judo Championship Tournament 2016 Results
Click HERE (PDF)


2016 Sunflower State Games - Kansas

2016 Sunflower State Games

Judo Tournament

We are inviting the states of Iowa; Nebraska; Colorado; Missouri and Oklahoma to this years Kansas State Games. We have come to your tournaments, for years, now come to ours.

Questions contact:
Don Hinchsliff

Registration Now Open

Saturday, July 9

Topeka Collegiate School, 2200 SW Eveningside Dr., Topeka, KS

Weigh-in: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Competition: 10:00 a.m.

$30 per person, includes two events

Friday, July 1. Day-of entries accepted with a $5 late fee.



Colorado Judo League Coach's Clinic 2016

The Colorado Judo League Coaching Clinic was held on March 20, 2016 at the Highland Hill Judo Club. Sixteen coaches took part in the clinic with Senseis Moreau, Mercer and Agena teaching the clinic.


Passing of Bob Wyatt and Service 3/18/2016

Dear Fellow Judokas and Friends in Judo,

It is with deep sorrow that we report the passing of Sensei Bob Wyatt.

Sensei Mercer writes,

“Bob, along with Sensei Oscar Pate, are considered to be the founding fathers of Hyland Hills Judo.

In 1968 Oscar and Bob started the Westminster Judo Club in Oscar's basement.

In 1982 the club was renamed Hyland Hills to satisfy the Hyland Hills Recreation organization that was sponsoring the club. Bob was always the man behind the scenes.However, he was a vital part to the Hyland Hills judo school’s success. He was my mentor and friend.”

Services will be held at 1pm Friday

Risen Savior Lutheran Church
3031 W. 144th Ave.
Broomfield, CO. 80023

Tele: 303-469-3521

Our heartfelt condolences go out to all of his family and friends.

Brian Levitt, President
Colorado Judo League


Rusty Kanokogi Grant for US Female Judoka 2016

Dear Supporter,

The Rusty Kanokogi Fund for the Advancement of U.S. Judo was established in 2009 to provide direct financial assistance to aspiring female judo athletes with successful competitive records who have the potential to achieve even higher performance levels and rankings. Judoka in need of financial assistance for items such as travel, uniforms and specialized coaching may request up to $5,000. Online applications must be submitted by 5p.m. EST on Friday,April 1, 2016. Grants will be awarded during the second quarter of 2016.

We recognize that you have a great organization for women and men alike that aims to make them better judo competitors. Because of this, we are asking for your help in promoting this valuable and exciting opportunity. Here’s what we are asking you to do: Place a brief grant description on your Web site, in your schedule/events calendar or in your e-newsletter, and link it to the guidelines and application for the Rusty Kanokogi Fund for the Advancement of U.S. Women’s Judo Grant.

Also, discussing this grant with any and all female judo competitors that you know would help spread the word immensely. We want to make this as easy as possible, so feel free to use the grant description provided (see below electronic signature).

Anything you can do would be greatly appreciated, and we would like to thank you for your support.


Elizabeth L. Flores | Program Officer
Women's Sports Foundation


2016 Denver Judo Spring Tournament Entry Form

March 12, 2016
Denver Judo Spring Tournament
Johnson & Wales University Wildcat Athletic Center
7150 Montview Blvd, Denver, CO 80220
Entry Package: CLICK HERE (PDF Google Doc)
Online Entry Form: www.mytournamentonline.com
Heidi Moore
(303) 591-9563

Results of 2016 Brian Olson Winter Classic

Click Here for Results: 2016 Brian Olson Results (Word, Google Docs)


Paraolympic Dream - Robert Tanaka, Blind Judoka

Robert Tanaka for Tokyo 2020!

To support Robert and other sight challenged Judo athletes, please visit the link below: http://www.coloradojudo.org/p/pay-dues.html


2016 CJL Coaching Certification Clinic - March 20

CJL will be conducting a coaching certification clinic at the Hyland Hills Judo Club, 9165 Lowell Blvd., Unit D, on Sunday, March 20, 2016.

The clinic will be held from 8:00AM - Noon. To avoid delays in receiving your coaching certification, we encourage you to please read ALL of the information in the documents below, come to the clinic prepared, and have all required documents properly completed. If you have any questions regarding the clinic, please contact either CJL president Brian Levitt, (sensei471@comcast.net), or any of the three senseis who will be the conducting the clinic; Dennis Mercer (mercerd2@comcast.net), Jean-Luc Moreau (aikibudojujitsu@yahoo.com) or Warren Agena (wagena@gmail.com)

Click the Links Below for Required Documents and Important Information:

  1. Announcement and General Information
  2. Clinic Waiver Form
  3. USA Judo Code of Conduct
  4. Background Check Application
  5. USA Judo Coach Certification Renewal Application


2016 OTC Winter Classic Results

Result of the 2016 OTC Winter Classic can be found here:
OTC 2016 Tournament Results (PDF)


Announcement - CJL Meeting After Brian Olson Tournament 2/20/16

CJL Meeting Agenda post Brian Olson tournament 2016

1.      Fill in open treasurer and delegate-at-large positions to finish terms until this year’s elections. 

2.      Election of new officers
·        Set the date in June
·        Solicit those interested in serving on the board

  1. Colorado State Championships
·        Finalize date
·        Venue location
·        Reimbursement for host club
·        CJL medals
·        Best Judoka awards
·        Entry form
·        Tournament chairperson

4.      Future Judo Clinics

5.      IJF Rules at local and state tournaments
6.      Other business


OTC Tournament and President's Newsletter Jan 2016

Everyone is reminded that the OTC Winter Classic is scheduled for january 16, 2016. An entry package is attached.

Please read the following message from CJL President Brian Levitt:

Dear CJL members and friends,

The Colorado Judo League is looking for support in the following areas;

After nearly serving for nearly two years as our CJL treasurer, Steve Shigaya has accepted a position in Seattle, Washington. We wish to thank Steve for all of his hard work. We are looking for anyone interested in filling this role until we have Board elections in June.

There is a delegate-at-large position on the Board that is still open if someone is interested in filling this position.

The Colorado State Championships are slated for May of this year. Any individuals willing to chair and/or help organize this event? Any club interested sponsoring this event?

Elections for new Board members are slated for June. Let us know if you are interested in running for a CJL Board position.

Please let me know if you are willing to support your Colorado Judo League in any of these areas.

Wishing everyone a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.