Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Wildcats Collegiate Athlete Travel Fund

 Wildcats Collegiate Athletes Travel Fund 


Johnson and Wales University MMA Wildcats have donated funds to establish an Athlete Travel Fund with the Colorado Judo League. The “Wildcats Collegiate Athletes Travel Fund”  has been established by this generous donation to CJL in order to support travel and expenses for competition or training events for up-and-coming CJL Collegiate athletes.  

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Rocky Mountain State Games 2021

Entry Packet Here

 The Rocky Mountain State Games are less than 2 weeks away!  We are really looking forward to having everyone back on the mat!

Registration is on-line and will also be available at the tournament site on Saturday the 24th.  Walk up registration times and on-site weigh ins are 7:30 - 8:30am for juniors and 11:00 - 12:00 for seniors and masters.  If you are registering for shiai and NOT participating in kata, when you register please put NA in the slots required for name of kata and kata partner.    

The link to registration is available here -  https://app.eventconnect.io/events/12642/registration-type/create?nav=hidden

If you are having any difficulties registering or have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (303) 591-9563 or judoheidi@comcast.net.

Also - per Colorado state COVID guidelines, masks are not required but are strongly recommended for anyone who is not fully vaccinated.  

We still need volunteers to help run tables and referees!  If you are interested in voluteering, please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a49a8aa2da64-rocky

Referees, please confirm with Jim Carmer if you are able to participate.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of Colorado Judo!

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

2021 CJL Events!

Hello all!

 We have 2 exciting events coming up in Colorado in July!

First, on July 10 and 11, Ajax Tadehara will be holding a clinic at Denver Judo. Ajax is a multiple time world team member and a great guy.  To sign up, please complete this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScR5gaRiJVExrUMi0KPE851dFxNwXgXBtyhwTHj7KIvX2bK-A/viewform?fbclid=IwAR3CgZBb9-iMLQekuW6A4WlC5Gnmg_UVdnQCVCVPIHPHZpyx93KGjUbbx6Y

There will be 3 sessions
10am-12pm - Ajax’s tokuiwaza
2pm-4pm - competition strategy, gripping, combinations
10am-12pm - newaza techniques
$60 for all three sessions!

The Rocky Mountain State Games will be the first judo competition in Colorado in more than a year!! We are excited to be able to hold this event.  It will be July 24, 2021 in Colorado Springs, CO.
There will be divisions for everyone - juniors, seniors, and masters, novice and advanced, and kata!  Everyone is strongly encouraged to participate!!

Monday, March 1, 2021

Stream/Watch the 2017/2018/2019 CJL Colorado State Championships Here

CJL Colorado State Championships  (Hosted by Johnson and Wales)

To watch other tournaments hosted by J&W, such as the Denver Spring/Fall Classics, please visit their Youtube Channel here:




Thank you to J&W for hosting these tournaments and thank you Sensei Max Ariza for all of the support and hard work to make Colorado Judo stronger over the years! Best of luck in your future endeavors Sensei, the community will miss you greatly.

Thursday, January 7, 2021


 From USA Judo:

Due to the ever-changing situation with the pandemic, USA Judo has rescheduled the 2021 Youth National Championships originally scheduled for March 13-14 at the Salt Palace Convention Center.

The event has been rescheduled to April 24-25 with the venue and hotel remaining the same, the Salt Palace Convention Center and Hilton Salt Lake City Center, respectively.

The entry packet is currently being revised as well as COVID testing requirements. We expect to have this information released to our members within the next few days.

We thank you for your patience as we maneuver through these unprecedented times.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Introducing Your NEW Colorado Judo League Board of Directors!

The time has come and I am so excited to introduce you to the 2020 Colorado Judo League Board of Directors!  
  • President – Tracy Crawford
  • Vice President – Marcos Batan
  • Treasurer – Nikki Jones
  • Secretary – Betty Jadambaa
  • Delegate at Large – Grace Jividen Truesdale
  • Delegate at Large – Tommy Thompson
  • Delegate at Large – George Barisas
  • President – Heidi Moore
  • Vice President – Max Arizas
  • Treasurer – Nikki Jones (re-elected for a second term!)
  • Secretary – Betty Jadambaa (re-elected for a second term!)
  • Delegate at Large – Martin Vorum
  • Delegate at Large – Dennis Mercer
Committees (and if you would like to join committee, let Heidi know!):
Referee: Monty Mani / Marcos Batan / Alyssa Zawack
Coaching: Dennis Mercer / Warren Agena / Jean Luc Moreau / Tracy Crawford
Black Belt Promotion Board: Marcos Batan / Grace  Jividen Truesdale / Dennis Mercer / Keith Lewis / Tracy Crawford
Athlete Development (New!): Tracy Crawford / Heidi Moore / Nikki Jones / Kedge Zawack / Keith Lewis / Scott Moore
Kata (New!): George Barisas / Charles Gavin / Jayson Oldfather

The Great Colorado Judo League – In the past 4 years, we… 
  1. Reinstated the Colorado Judo League Black Belt Promotion Board which has standardized the knowledge for our black belts in Colorado
  2. Competed and won the novice division in Dragon Boat Racing!  Why this comes up #2 thought in my mind…
  3. So many open workouts that traveled from club to club
  4. I feel like I can walk into any of your dojos and be welcomed as one of your own.
  5. Brought Keiko Fukuda’s Joshi Judo Camp to Colorado and will do so again the summer of 2021
  6. Hosted the Youth Nationals in Colorado Springs, CO and shared our beautiful state with hundreds of coaches, athletes, and referees.
  7. We have watched our favorite coaches Scott & Heidi Moore and Eddie Liddie on Ippon.tv as they coached countless international tournaments.
  8. We watched frantically as Coloradan D’Artanyan Crocket and Californian Christella Garcia fought and won bronze in the 2016 Paralympics.  Colorado hosts two more 2020/now 2021 Paralympic hopefuls Ben Goodrich and Robert Tanaka. 
  9. Thanks to Marcos and the entire Batan family, Max Ariza and the JWU crew, the Colorado State Tournament has become the tournament of the year not only in our state but our region!  This is also CJL’s biggest and most successful fund raiser of the year.
  10. We were there when Northglenn Judo Club celebrated their 50th Annual Judo Tournament.
  11. When rules changed after the 2016 Olympics, Colorado A-level referee Edson Mallo was chosen to go Baku, Azerbaijan to learn and when he came back he shared the new rules with CO & WY coaches and referees.
  12. Funded 2020 (2021) Olympic hopefuls with clinics and donations for Nick Delpopolo and Alaa El Idrissi.  Our judoka have been so generous.
  13. Learned from and were amazed by Judo greats Marti Malloy, Jimmy Pedro, and Lkhamdegd Purevjargal.  Dakota never missed a single session of any clinic CJL hosted.
  14. Held grueling tournament preparation judo camps that you were proud to survive and that made the tournament seem like an easy practice.  And if you attended every camp workout you were a true rock star like Julia Catalini, Garmaa Shinebauer, and I’ll include Jayson Oldfather even though he ran the camps, he also participated in all the exercises and randori.
  15. Held annual Coaching Certification clinics where we shared valuable skills from each other and other Coach masterminds from outside Colorado.  Dennis Mercer, Warren Agena, and Jean Luc Moreau put on a coaching clinic that is by far the best that I’ve ever attended.
  16. Became Social!  Facebook, Instagram, …and stuff
  17. We have 3! IJF Level 2 Certified Instructors – Grace Jividen Truesdale, Jayson Oldfather, and Tracy Crawford
  18. Have been profitable every year! (…until 2020)
  19. Which brings me to provided funding to our dojos in this COVID-19 pandemic time of need
  20. Moved into the decade and bought a Care System!  Thanks Marcos and Max!
  21. Created a budding Junior Referee program and are starting to train the next generation.  Ian L. was our first.
  22. Continue to bring in the New Year with DBT and Kan Geiko training
  23. This wasn’t our doing, but it has been fantastic to benefit from and support the Senior and Veterans World Training Camps at the Olympic Training Center
  24. We are one of the three most popular Zoom workouts during this pandemic (in my mind at least).  (We are trailing behind Jimmy Pedro and Nick Delpopolo)
  25. Most importantly we have grown and supported each other as one big family.

It has been a fun 4 years and I am so excited to see what the future brings.  Congrats again to our new Board!