Hui-O-Judo Beltsville

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1999


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    Hui-O-Judo welcomes cross-team players Audrey Knuth, Sammy Knuth, and Elizabeth Knuth from Prince Georges Judo, Robert Dillow and Dillon Hughes from Myoyu Dojo, and Richard Nashwinters from NIH Judo Club.


    Hui-O-Judo hosted the Fall Beltsville Open on November 20, 1999 at the Beltsville Academic Center.  The Hui-O-Judo junior team consisted of Jameal Delpeche, Chris Murphy, Steven Pielmeier, David Pielmeier, Daniel Grunberg, Misha Grunberg, Krissy Reardon, Renee Reardon, William Reardon, Jodi Antenor, Robert Dillow, Jennifer Dillow, Tyler Smith, and Marko DeVittorio.  The senior team consisted of Gopaul (O'fer)Shangari and Renato Ferreira.  Sensei Ken Tamai served as tournament director.   Sensei Mark, Sensei Diane, and Sensei Karl(seniors only) participated as referees.  The junior team was coached by Sensei Karl.  Sensei Kevin, Sensei Mary, and Mike Grunberg assisted at the head table managing the bracket sheets.  Anne Marie Grunberg managed the concession stand and the referee refreshment area.


    Hui-O-Judo sent six shia players(William Reardon, Krissy Reardon, Renee Reardon,  Tyler Smith, Robert Dillow, and Mark Smith) and two Nage-No-Kata players (Sensei Karl Tamai and Sensei Mark Smith) to the 1999 Keystone Judo Classic on November 27, 1999.  The team returned with three first place medals, five second place medals, and a fourth place finish in the junior team standings behind Starrett Judo Club (NY), Tiger Park's Martial Arts (PA), and Liberty Bell Judo (PA).  The team was coach by rookie coach Blake Smith and Rick Dillow.  Sensei Karl assisted in managing the matches in Mat 3 for the junior shia competition.  Rookie coach Blake Smith grasped victory out of defeat over Sensei Karl in chess.


    Hui-O-Judo sent seven shia players (Daniel  Grunberg, Misha Grunberg, Tyler Smith, William Reardon, Renee Reardon, Robert Dillow, Jennifer Dillow) to the Prince Georges Open in Glen Dale, Md on December 4, 1999.  The team returned with six first place trophies, one second place trophy, one third place trophy, and the Outstanding Junior Award (Tyler).  The team was coached by Blake Smith.  Sensei Karl and Sensei Mark were both certified as regional referees.  Anne Marie Grunberg participated as a non-competitor, helping with timing and scoring on Mat 2.  Mary Stakem assisted on the head table and Rick Dillow helped coach Blake Smith as the team statician.


    Hui-O-Judo would like to thank visiting Sensei Barry Hoffman(Godan) from Baltimore Judo Club, for his expert instruction in Katame-No-Kata, shime waza, and kansetsu waza on Tuesday, December 7, 1999.


   The Annual Hui-O-Judo Christmas Party was held on December 21, 1999.  Hui-O-Judo would like to congratulate Renato Ferreira, who received the Memorial James Gosnell/Spirit of Judo Award for his dedication to the club and the sport of judo.  Renato has repeatedly given up his own practice time (and we know he needs all the practice time he can get) to help other club members improve their technique, to prepare for shiai, to learn/practice kata, and to prepare for promotional testing.  He always makes an appearance at the Friday night set-ups to prepare the shiaijo for club sponsored events.  He is always willing to bear a mantle of leadership in the club, yet humble enough to never seek the mantle out, and wise enough to never abuse the power that comes therewith.  Renato's dedication and self-sacrifice make him an ideal recipient for the Memorial James Gosnell/Spirit of Judo Award.   Hui-O-Judo would like to congratulate William Reardon, who received the Most Improved Judoka Award.  William has won many local and regional tournaments through 1999, the most notable tournament title being captured at the 1999 Am-Can Invitational.  He has consistently improved his technique and understanding of the principles of judo, which is evident from his ever expanding repertoire of throws and his ability to defeat opponents of higher rank.


    Hui-O-Judo would like to congratulate Dorothy Tamai on her promotion to Shodan, which was presented by Jimmy Takemori, the Chairman of the Shufu Yudanshakai Board of Examiners.  Dorothy Tamai actively practiced judo at Washington Judo Club in the late 1950's and early 1960's under Sensei Jimmy Takemori.  While practicing at Washington Judo Club, she earned the rank of Nikyu before the arrival of her first child.  Five subsequent children kept her from actively returning to the dojo.  Dorothy Tamai has been an integral part of Hui-O-Judo since its inception in 1968.  She has played the part of hostess at club activities, such as the annual picnic and Christmas/Holiday party.  Dorothy Tamai sacrificed her own desire to be mat side during her children's matches, to man her post at the concession stand and referee hospitality area at the Hui-O-Judo sponsored events. Many are the judoka who have pass through the club and the yudanshakai under her watch, which is now entering its third decade.  Hui-O-Judo would like to thank her for years of service to the club and the Yudanshakai, and congratulate her on the promotion to Shodan.


      Hui-O-Judo would like to congratulate Sensei Diane on the birth of her son, Nicholas David Jackson.  Nicholas was born on December 31, 1999 at 12:07 pm at the Maternity Center in Bethesda. He weighed in at 10 pounds and  9 ounces at birth and is 22 inches long, and is currently working to perfect his kiai.

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