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|Judo Promotion to Rokudan - 12/15/2018
I was surprised to receive my Rokudan (6th Dan Black Belt) in Judo from Sensei Zdenek Matl at the start of his Judo Seminar. When he promoted me he said, "Go change your belt." because I was wearing my Red/Black belt. My Red/White belt no longer represents just my Jiu-Jitsu rank, but now my Judo rank too. ...continue reading
|Anniversary Judo Seminar with Sensei Matl - 07/28/2018
Today was a very special day for us at Team Haas Judo Jiu-Jitsu. Sensei Zdenek Matl is here giving his first Judo Seminar for me at the new location. This weekend has significant meaning. This is the month I started training Judo and Jiu-Jitsu with Sensei Matl 25 years ago. This is also our 1 year anniversary holding classes at our very own dedicated location. ...continue reading
|New Dedicated Location for Team Haas - 07/29/2017
Months in the making, we are ready to start holding classes at our brand new high tech facility!
The process for finding a space took months. Once I got my crosshairs on a sopt, it took another couple of monthe to work with the owner to negotiate and get everything worked out. After signing the lease agreement on 4/14/17 for 2 side-by-side suites, it was "go time" on Dojo construction and conversion from 2 suites to 1. These suites were completely raw warehouse spaces. The only thing that was built out was the offices, bathrooms, staircase, and a wide open shell of an upstairs. Nothing painted in the warehouse area and a single weak rectangle LED light was all the lighting we had. This was going to take a lot of work. ...continue reading
|The Passing of Bud Morgan - 04/05/2011
Today, we lay a fellow Judoka to rest.
Bud Morgan died on the morning of April 2, 2011.
Bud received his Judo Godan (5th Dan Black Belt) from Sensei Zdenek Matl last year. At 75 years old, he was a no-nonsense Judoka with more than 50 years experience. As we would say in class, “Bud’s old school, hard style Judo”, and he was. ...continue reading
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